November 14, 2023
The Canadian Armed Forces in Today's World

Col. W. Scott Raesler

Commander, 39 Canadian Brigade Group

Colonel Raesler enrolled in the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada as a private soldier in 1986. Commissioned as an Officer in 1988, Colonel Raesler has since filled every leadership role within an Infantry Battalion ranging from Platoon Commander to Commanding Officer.

Prior to assuming command of 39 Canadian Brigade Group, Colonel Raesler also filled key staff roles with the Peace Support Training Centre, the Army Doctrine and Training Centre, and at the Reserve Directorate of Employer Support. During this period, he also completed the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff Program and the Canadian Security Studies Program.

Colonel Raesler has participated in two operational deployments to Croatia in 1993 and Kosovo in 2001. Later Colonel Raesler went on to work as an Intelligence Manager, Security Advisor and Trainer with the United Nations for seven years in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Haiti, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. During this period, Colonel Raesler also earned his M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Management through Royal Roads University.

Following his work with the United Nations, Colonel Raesler spent an additional four years travelling the world as the Deputy Director of Hostile Environment Awareness Training for World Vision International, a humanitarian and development NGO. In the private sector, Colonel Raesler managed the Department Operations Centre for the Vancouver Police Department during the 2010 Olympic Games before forming his own Risk Management consultancy.

Since 2015, Colonel Raesler has been President of 3Si Risk Strategies Inc., a security and risk management consulting firm located in Delta, British Columbia.