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General and Flag Officers Promotions and Senior Appointments 2019

A complete list of the appointments, promotions and retirements is listed below

Several key appointments and promotions, and the creation of new positions, that will take place this year were announced on Tuesday Feb. 12 by Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff. 

Among the key appointments, MGen. D.W. Joyce will now serve as Deputy Commander Continental US NORAD Region in Tyndall, FL. in order to align authorities, responsibilities and accountabilities with US NORAD. The position has been up-ranked to Major-General. 

Additionally, BGen. A.M.T. Downes will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will continue to serve as Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group / Surgeon General for the CAF, at NDHQ in Ottawa. This position has also been up-ranked. 

Other promotions include: Col. J.G.M. Bilodeau will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed to a new position as Director General Clinical Services / Deputy Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group, in Ottawa and will become the Department Health Advisor to the CDS; Commodore S.M. Waddell will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and appointed to a new position as Vice Commander 2nd Fleet United States Navy, in Norfolk Virginia; BGen. A.T. Benson will be appointed to a new position as Deputy Director General Data Strategy and Innovation, in Ottawa; and BGen. S.T. Boyle will be appointed to a new position as Deputy Director General Continental Policy, at NDHQ in Ottawa.

“The role of a General and Flag Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces comes with enormous responsibility. Those selected demonstrate they are capable of surmounting the significant challenges associated with leading and improving Canada’s armed forces. For those leaving the Forces, they should do so proudly, as they are a testament to the qualities required to keep Canada’s military strong and effective,” said Gen. Vance.

For 2019, there are a total of 116 General Officer Flag Officer positions. Eleven are from the Reserved Forces.

The number of senior staff changes based on the military’s needs to meet Government of Canada directives. 

Promotions and appointments, resulting from retirements, are as follows:

A)  Lieutenant-General J.C.G. Juneau will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments: 

1    Major-General O.H. Lavoie will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and will be appointed Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, in Naples Italy, replacing Lieutenant-General J.C.G. Juneau

2    Brigadier-General T.J. Cadieu will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Major-General O.H. Lavoie

3    Brigadier-General S.M. Lacroix will be appointed commander 3rd Canadian Division / Joint Task Force (West), in Edmonton AB, replacing Brigadier-General T.J. Cadieu

B)   Lieutenant-General C.A. Lamarre will retire from service resulting in the following appointment:

1    Lieutenant-General W.D. Eyre will be appointed Commander Military Personnel Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Lieutenant-General C.A. Lamarre

C)   Vice-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments: 

1    Rear-admiral A.G. Mcdonald will be promoted to the rank of vice-admiral and appointed commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Vice-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd 

2    Commodore C.F. Sutherland will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and appointed Deputy Commander Royal Canadian Navy, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Rear-Admiral A.G. Mcdonald 

3    Colonel Y.N. Thomson will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed Director General Military Careers, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Commodore C.F. Sutherland

D)  Major-General P. Ormsby will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointments:

1   Commodore J.A.S. Page will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and will be appointed Deputy Chief of Staff – Assistant Deputy Minister (materiel), at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Major-General P. Ormsby 

2    Brigadier-General S.Y. Menard will be appointed Chief of Staff operations to the Commander of Military Personnel Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Commodore J.A.S. Page

E)   Major-General C.J. Turenne will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointments:

1    Brigadier-General D.A. Macaulay will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed Deputy Commander Canadian Army, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Major-General C.J. Turenne

2    Brigadier-General R. Pelletier will be appointed Commander 5th Canadian Division, in Halifax NS, replacing Brigadier-General D.A. Macaulay

F)    Brigadier-General M.R. Barker retired from service resulting in the following promotion and appointment: 

1    Colonel M.I.N. Tremblay will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed Director General Aerospace Equipment Project Management, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON

G)    Brigadier-General S.M. Moritsugu will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

1    Colonel J.W. Errington will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Military Signals Intelligence, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General S.M. Moritsugu

H)    Brigadier-General D.A. Quinn will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

1     Colonel C.M. Harding will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Canadian Joint Operations Command Chief of Staff Support, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General D.A. Quinn

I)    Brigadier-General L.E. Thomas will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

1   Colonel M.C. Atkins will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, in London UK, replacing Brigadier-General L.E. Thomas

J)    Commodore M.B. Watson will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments: 

1    Brigadier-General V.C. Tattersall will be appointed Director General Compensation and Benefits, at Military Personnel Command, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Commodore M.B. Watson

2    Brigadier-General L.P. McGarry will be appointed Commander Military Personnel Generation, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General V.C. Tattersall

3    Brigadier-General J.R.M. Gagne will be appointed Chief of Staff Army Operations Canadian Army, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General L.P. McGarry

4    Colonel P.K. Scott will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will deploy on OP Proteus, replacing Brigadier-General J.R.M. Gagne

The following promotions and appointments result from new and continuing service requirements:

A)    Major-General D.W. Joyce will be appointed Deputy Commander Continental us NORAD region, in Tyndall, Florida, in a position that has been up-ranked to Major-General

1    Brigadier-General J.J.M.J. Paul will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Director General International Security Policy, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Major-General D.W. Joyce

2    Brigadier-General C.J.J. Mialkowski will be appointed Commander 4th Canadian Division, in Toronto ON, replacing Brigadier-General J.J.M.J. Paul

3    Colonel A.P. Mulawyshyn will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General C.J.J. Mialkowski

B)    Major-General J.P.A. Pelletier will be appointed Commander 1 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg MB, replacing Major-General J.H.C. Drouin 

1    Brigadier-General J.R.M. Lalumiere will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed RCAF Fighter Program lead, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Major-General J.P.A. Pelletier

2    Brigadier-General C.R. Keiver will be appointed Director General Air Force Development, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General J.R.M. Lalumiere

3    Brigadier-General M.H. St-Louis will deploy on OP Impact as Joint Task Force Commander, replacing Brigadier-General C.R. Keiver

4    Colonel J.R.S. (Stephane) Boivin will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed Deputy Commanding General (US) I Corps, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington, USA, replacing Brigadier-General M.H. St-Louis

C)    Brigadier-General A.M.T. Downes will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will continue to serve in his current appointment as Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group/Surgeon General for the CAF, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, in a position that has been up-ranked to Major-General.

D)    Commodore S.M. Waddell will be promoted to the rank of rear-admiral and appointed to a new position as Vice Commander 2nd Fleet United States Navy, in Norfolk Virginia 

1    Captain (Navy) C.A. Robinson will be promoted to the rank of commodore and appointed Director General Naval Strategic Readiness, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Commodore S.M. Waddell

E)    Brigadier-General A.T. Benson will be appointed to a new position as Deputy Director General Data Strategy and Innovation, in Ottawa, ON

1    Colonel R.B. Dundon will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Director General Land Equipment Program Management, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General A.T. Benson

F)    Brigadier-General S.T. Boyle will be appointed to a new position as Deputy Director General Continental Policy, in Ottawa, ON

1    Colonel J.R.L. Guillette will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed deputy Commander 1 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg MB, replacing Brigadier-General S.T. Boyle

G)    Brigadier-General A.R. Day will deploy on OP Foundation as combined Aerospace Operations Center Director, in Gatar

1    Brigadier-General M.M.L. Rafter will be appointed Director General Air Staff and Director General Air Reserve, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General A.R. Day

2    Colonel C.J. Zimmer will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Strategic J4 for the Canadian Armed Forces, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Brigadier-General M.M.L. Rafter

H)    Commodore acting while so employed J.M. Hamilton will be promoted substantive to the rank of Commodore and will continue to serve in his current appointment, Director General Defence Force Planning, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON

I)   Brigadier-General acting while so employed A.R. Jayne will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and will continue to serve in his current appointment, Director General Cyberspace, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON

J)   Commodore acting while so employed R.L. Patterson will be promoted substantive to the rank of Commodore and will continue to serve in her current appointment, Director General Canadian Armed Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON

K)   Commodore acting while so employed B.A. Peats will be promoted substantive to the rank of Commodore and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, in Halifax NS, replacing Commodore C.T. Skjerpen 

1   Commodore C.T. Skjerpen will be appointed Director General Plans – Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON, replacing Commodore acting while so employed B. Peats

L)   Brigadier-General acting while so employed P.C. Sabourin will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and will continue to serve in his current appointment, Director General Information Management Operations, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, ON

M)  Colonel J.G.M. Bilodeau will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed to a new position as Director General Clinical Services/Deputy Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group, in Ottawa, ON

After distinguished service to Canada and the CAF, the following General Officers and Flag Officers retired in the latter stage of 2018 or will retire in 2019:

A   Lieutenant-General J.C.G. Juneau

B   Lieutenant-General C.A. Lamarre

C   Vice-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd

D   Major-General P. Ormsby

E   Major-General C.J. Turenne

F   Brigadier-General M.R. Barker

G   Commodore S.N. Cantelon

H   Brigadier-General R. Delaney

I    Brigadier-General S.M. Moritsugu

J   Brigadier-General D.A. Quinn

K   Brigadier-General L.E. Thomas

L   Commodore M.B. Watson

Senior appointments that require diplomatic concurrence or further approval will be coordinated as necessary.

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MIshall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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