Command of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) was handed over to BGen. Sébastien Bouchard during a ceremony on Friday July 14 at the college.
He assumes command from BGen. Sean Friday.
“I am confident Brigadier-General Bouchard will continue Brigadier-General Friday’s excellent work providing the best possible leadership and support to our officer and naval cadets. I am entrusting Brigadier-General Bouchard with the challenging task of implementing a number of positive changes at the College in the coming months and years. He is exceptionally well-suited to ensure the CAF’s future leaders receive a high-quality education and are ready to provide outstanding leadership to Canada’s finest women and men when they graduate,” said Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.
The new head of the prestigious military school comes to his new position after serving two years as Commander of the Second Canadian Division Support Group, headquartered in Montreal. Bouchard headed 2,000 military and civilian employees, who support 141 units with 18,000 National Defence personnel across 36 municipalities in the province of Quebec.
“I am honoured and privileged to be provided with such an incredible opportunity to lead and command this historic institution and ensuring the highest standard is maintained in graduating the leaders we need for tomorrow,” said Bouchard.
In his new position, Bouchard will be in command of a school that offers 19 undergraduate degrees and 27 graduate programs that enables young Canadians, of various cultural backgrounds, to become strong leaders for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
“The three Colleges of the Canadian Defence Academy generate the leaders of tomorrow who are prepared to deliver excellence at home and abroad. Faculty and staff of RMC have achieved the mission to provide higher education and military training, helping their officer and naval cadets grow into leaders. I thank Brigadier-General Friday for his leadership and dedication to RMC, and look forward to working with Brigadier-General Bouchard to deliver on our mission,” said RAdm. Luc Cassivi, Commander, Canadian Defence Academy, who presided the ceremony Friday.