Army Commander Announces Incoming Canadian Army Sergeant Major

Canadian Army Commander announced the appointment of the next Canadian Army Sergeant Major for active posting season (APS) 2024.

“Following a rigorous and transparent selection process, I am pleased to announce incoming Canadian Army Sergeant Major, CWO J.C. Robin, announced Lieutenant-General Jocylen Paul, Canadian Army Commander in CANFORGEN 010/24.

His bio noted, “He is the proud father of his beautiful daughter Adele and enjoys golf a little too much.”

Born in Thetford Mines, Quebec, CWO Christopher Robin joined the Canadian Armed Forces in December 1990. The Warrant Officer enrolled as an infantry soldier, and after completing his basic and battle school training, he joined the Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR).

CWO Robin served in Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haiti (twice) and Afghanistan (twice). Above image: June 20, 2007 Ma’Sum Ghar, Afghanistan Canadian Forces personnel use a Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle (TLAV) to evacuate Afghan National Army soldiers wounded during a dawn skirmish with the Taliban during OP SEASON, a company-level operation in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan. The purpose of the operation was to seek out Taliban forces in the Panjwaii district. Photo: MCpl Kevin Paul, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Years of Service

Over his close to 34 years of service, CWO Robin has served with many organizations in the Canadian Army, including:

  • three Regular Force battalions of the R22eR at all ranks,
  • Canadian Airborne Regiment,
  • Canadian Parachute Centre, and the
  • Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre.

He has also served under other Commands, including:

  • Chief of Military Personnel as the National Military Cemetery Liaison Officer,
  • Canadian Special Operations Forces Command as an advisor and subject matter expert.

‌His bio noted the Chief Warrant Officer “was a proud member of the 1999 Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Sky Hawks, where he was awarded the Richard Fournier Trophy for Excellence.”

CWO Robin’s bio noted he was “privileged” to be appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the R22eR in 2021. The R22eR dates back to the First World War, when the unit was raised in 1914. Above image: R22eR in Korea, 1953 Personnel of Baker Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR) manning machine gun, Korea, 18 June 1953. (L-R): Lt. Jean Riffou, Ptes. Fernand Boucher, Normand Dufresne. (courtesy Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-132636).


CWO Robin has participated in several domestic operations, and internationally, he has served in:

  • Somalia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Haiti (twice)
  • Afghanistan (twice)


Promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer in 2017, CWO Robin’s bio noted he was “privileged” to be appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion R22eR.

“In 2019, CWO Robin was appointed as Formation Sergeant Major of the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center in Wainwright, Alberta. He became the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps Sergeant Major in 2020 and the Regimental Sergeant Major of the R22eR in 2021,” his bio stated.

In June 2021, CWO Robin was appointed Sergeant Major of the 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (Central). Since July 11, 2022, he has been appointed Group Chief Warrant Officer Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.‌

Current Canadian Army Sergeant Major CWO Jim Smith.

Canadian Army Sergeant Major

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Robin will replace CWO Jim Smith as the new Canadian Army Sergeant Major during the 2024 APS.

The Army Sergeant Major is a Non-Commissioned Member (NCM) advisor to the Army Commander and also serves as the Command’s CWO.

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