Colonel Nishika Jardine enrolled in the Canadian Forces in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1982, and graduating four years later from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston with a Bachelor of Science (Math and Physics).
After completing her training in December 1986, she gained her early experience as a Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer in Base Maintenance organizations in all three environments: with the Army in CFB Gagetown, the Navy in CFB Esquimalt and the Air Force for three years as the Wing EME Officer at 19 Wing Comox. Additionally, she spent several years working in the field of Management Information Services for both a major crown project (Project Management Office Anti-Armour/Light Armoured Vehicle) and for the RCEME School.
Promoted to the rank of Major upon her return to Ottawa in 1997, she served first in various staff roles in Director General Land Equipment Program Management, and later with Director General Military Careers in 2000 as the EME Officer Career Manager. In 2001, she was selected as Staff Officer to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, a position she held until 2003 when she returned to CFB Esquimalt as the Base Maintenance and Transport Officer.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 2005, she was privileged to serve as the Programme Officer for National Security Studies Programme 10 at the Canadian Forces College in 2007/2008, and to command the RCEME School for the next two years. She deployed to OP ATHENA as the J4 Rear of JTF-Afghanistan HQ 5-10 from August 2010 to July 2011, and upon her return, joined the Project Management Office for the Medium Support Vehicle System as the Deputy Project Manager (Trucks).
Promoted to her current rank in June 2014, she was honoured to be appointed Director Armament Sustainment Program Management shortly thereafter. She is currently serving at the Canadian Forces College as the Deputy Commandant since September 2015.
Colonel Jardine is a graduate of the Land Forces Command and Staff College (1998/1999) and of the Canadian Forces College (2007). She also holds a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College.