Colin King was born in Saskatoon and raised in various small towns in Saskatchewan with the exception of two years in Brisbane, Australia. Colin enrolled in Canadian Army’s Royal Regina Rifles as a Private Recruit in 1986. In 1987 he was appointed Officer Cadet and attended officer training at the Combat Training Centre’s Infantry School in CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick. Over 22 years of full-time and part-time service, Colin held virtually all command and staff positions possible within a Reserve infantry regiment, including Rifle Platoon Commander, Mortar Platoon Commander, Company 2IC, Company Commander, Adjutant, Intelligence Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and Commanding Officer. During his military career he also held key staff positions at Prairie Militia Area HQ, Land Force Western Area HQ, 38 Canadian Brigade Group HQ, as well as serving as the Saskatchewan Liaison Officer for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He retired from the Army Reserve in 2008.
Colin entered the Saskatchewan Public Service in 1994 as a Federal-Provincial Liaison Officer and the Supervisor of Federal and Provincial Programs with Saskatchewan Emergency Planning.
He held a variety of roles related to provincial emergency planning and operations since, and most recently was the Deputy Commissioner/Director of Operations for the Emergency Management and Fire Safety Branch of Government Relations’ Public Safety Division. During major provincial emergency operations, such as the most recent 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015 flooding events and wildfire evacuations, Colin acted as Incident Commander in the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, coordinating Provincial resources from Ministries, Crowns and Agencies in support of local efforts. He was twice awarded the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for his role.
Colin was appointed CEO of Commissionaires South Saskatchewan in June 2016.
Colin and his wife Laurie have two children, and enjoy camping, hunting, motorcycles, golf and squash.