Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Ed Fitch enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in September 1966 and earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Collège Militaire Royal (St Jean) / Royal Military College (Kingston).
After commissioning in 1971 he had the usual variety of junior officer postings in Construction Engineering, Combat Engineering, and teaching at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, BC. Fitch was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his work in the Former Yugoslavia facilitating the NATO entry into that theatre. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in June 1999.
In 2006, Major-General Fitch ceased full-time service and moved to Victoria, BC. Later that year he was called up from the Supplementary Reserve in support of Op PODIUM, the Canadian Armed Forces support to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His primary duty evolved into the leadership of the Games Red Team. In March 2009, after 43 years of service to Canada, MGen Fitch was promoted to the rank of civilian.
Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his tireless community work, MGen Fitch currently serves on four volunteer Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations including: National Past President of the Last Post Fund; Past President of the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver Island; Chair of theCanadian Corps of Commissionaires, Victoria, the Islands and Yukon Division; and Chair of the National Community Security Committee of CIJA. He has also been House Committee Chair and Treasurer of Congregation Emanu-El and a Board Member of the Jewish Historical Society of BC.
As a retired civil engineer, Ed Fitch was the Owner’s Representative, 2015-16, for the construction of theCentre for Jewish Life and Learning (Chabad), the first new synagogue to be built on Vancouver Island since 1863. A man devoted to community service, Ed Fitch also volunteers with the Victoria Jewish Cemetery Trust and the Vancouver Island Chevra Kadisha; he is a Life Governor of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association and the British Columbia Rifle Association.
He maintains that none of his professional career or extensive volunteer service would have been remotely possible without the devoted support of his family and, especially, his dear wife Sharon.