Captain Ansell was born in Ipswich, England and raised in the UK, Libya, Cayman Islands and Canada, attending high school at St Andrew's College, Aurora, ON. While at St. Andrew's he played first rugby 85-86, 86-87, Captained U17 Rugby 84-85, first volleyball 86-87, Fullford debating team 86, National Debating team 87, Best Cadet Award 85-86 and Cadet Chief Warrant Officer (RSM) 86-87, Scholars tie 83-84, 84-85, 86-87, yearbook grad editor 86-87.
Captain Ansell enrolled in the Canadian Forces after completing a BSc in General Science at the University of Waterloo in 1990 and was awarded the Top Candidate award on completion of Basic Officer Training.
While awaiting Air Navigator training Capt Ansell spent a year working as Network Administrator for the Canadian Forces Staff School, Toronto, ON and a year as Programmer/Analyst for the Operational Research division of Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg MB.
Following graduation from the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School in 1995, Captain Ansell was posted to 423 (MH) Squadron, Shearwater, NS as a Sea King Tactical Co-ordinator (TACCO). During his operational tour Capt Ansell served aboard HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC, HMCS PROTECTEUR, AND HMCS HALIFAX. He was deployed on several major international operations and exercises, including OP SHARPGUARD, the NATO embargo in the Adriatic Sea. During his tour Capt Ansell was awarded the FORMER REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA medal as well as the CANADIAN PEACEKEEPING MEDAL and was twice recipient of the Sikorsky Aircraft Rescue Award. As a member of HMCS Halifax, Capt Ansell was fortunate to participate in several ground-breaking deployments, including the first western ship to visit both Vladivostok, Russia and Cape Town, South Africa. During his participation with OP ASSISTANCE, the Winnipeg Flood Relief, Capt Ansell and his crew were awarded the Air Commanders Commendation for performing a daring life-saving rescue. Qualified as both active and passive anti-submarine warfare TACCO as well as Passive Acoustics Sensor Operator, Captain Ansell ended his tour as Squadron Navigator Standards Officer.
In 2000 Captain Ansell was posted to 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron as a Sea King TACCO Instructor. Rising quickly through appointments, he served as Line Instructor, Course Director, Team Leader, and finally Squadron Navigator Standards Officer. Captain Ansell was awarded the CD in April, 2003. During his final year at 406 Squadron Capt Ansell developed a new course training plan for the nine month TACCO course, a project for which he was awarded the 1 Canadian Air Division Commander's Commendation.
Captain Ansell was posted to NDHQ, Ottawa in 2004 to become a member of J3 Arms Control Verification. He is currently the Chief Information Data manager for the Division, as well as being a qualified Arms Control Inspector. In his spare time Capt Ansell is an internationally published author, currently serving as Chief Technical Writer for a major American automotive magazine. Capt Ansell is a Scouts Canada Leader with the 1st Limoges Beaver Colony and lives in Limoges, ON with his wife Laurie, son Mitchell, and daughter Jessica. [March 2005]