Promotions and Senior Appointments 2018
General and Flag Officers

© 2018 FrontLine Defence (Vol 15, No 2)

Extending his "congratulations and best wishes to those taking on new appointments and responsibilities," General Jonathan Vance recently announced the following General officer and flag officer promotions, appointments and retirements that have recently occurred, and those that will occur in 2018.


After distinguished service to Canada and the CAF, the following General Officers and Flag Officers retired in the latter stage of 2017 or will retire in 2018:

Lieutenant-General J.A.J. Parent
Lieutenant-General J.M.M. Hainse
Lieutenant-General M.J. Hood
Lieutenant-General J.P.J. St-Amand
Rear-Admiral W.S. Truelove
Rear-Admiral J.P.G. Couturier
Rear-Admiral J.J. Bennett
Major-General D.L.R. Wheeler
Major-General D.J. Milner
Major-General J.G. Milne
Major-General G.D. Loos
Rear-Admiral J.R. Newton
Commodore M.D. Wood
Brigadier-General M.A. Frank
Brigadier-General W. Liedtke
Brigadier-General J.B.C. Doyon
Brigadier-General R.G. Mazzolin
Brigadier-General K.W. Horlock
Brigadier-General M.A. Nixon
Brigadier-General R.W. Ermel


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

Lieutenant-General J.A.J. Parent will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • LGen P.F. Wynnyk will be appointed acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing LGen J.A.J. Parent.
  • MGen J.M. Lanthier will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and will be appointed Commander Canadian Army, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing LGen P.F. Wynnyk.
  • BGen J.P.H.H. Gosselin will be promoted to Major-General and appointed Chief of Program, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen J.M. Lanthier.
  • BGen M.A.J. Carignan will be appointed as Commander 2 Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East), in Montreal QC, replacing BGen J.P.H.H. Gosselin.
  • Colonel D.A. (Dave) Quinn will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of BGen and appointed as Chief of Staff Land Operations Canadian Army, in NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen M.A.J. Carignan.

Lieutenant-General J.M.M. Hainse will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • RAdm D.C. Hawco will be promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and will be appointed Canadian Military Representative at NATO HQ, in Brussels (Belgium), replacing LGen J.M.M. Hainse.
  • Cmdre J.B. Zwick will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and be appointed as Chief of Force Development, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing RAdm D.C. Hawco.
  • Cmdre A.I. Topshee will be appointed as Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, in Esquimalt BC, replacing Cmdre J.B. Zwick.
  • Captain (Navy) J.A. Clarke will be promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Deputy Director Strategy, Policy and Plans at NORAD, at Colorado Springs (USA), replacing Cmdre A.I. Topshee.

Lieutenant-General M.J. Hood will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • MGen A.D. Meinzinger will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and will be appointed Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing LGen M.J. Hood.
  • MGen O.H. Lavoie will be appointed Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen A.D. Meinzinger.
  • BGen J.S.S.D. Fortin will be promoted to Major-General and will be appointed Commander 1st Canadian Division, in Kingston ON, replacing MGen O.H. Lavoie.
  • Colonel E.D. Simoneau will promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be seconded to the Privy Council Office, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen J.S.S.D. Fortin.

Lieutenant-General J.P.J. St-Amand  will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • MGen C.J. Coates will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and will be appointed Deputy Commander NORAD, at Colorado Springs (USA), replacing LGen J.P.J. St-Amand. 
  • BGen D.W. Lowthian will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed Director of NORAD Operations at NORAD HQ, in Colorado Springs (USA), replacing MGen C.J. Coates.
  • BGen C.J.J. Mialkowski will be appointed Chief of Staff to the Chief Defence Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen D.W. Lowthian.
  • BGen J.R.M. Gagne will deploy as Deputy Coordinator Support USSC/ Commmander Task Force Middle East, replacing BGen C.J.J. Mialkowski.
  • Col W.H. Fletcher will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commander 18 AB Corps US Army, in North Carolina (USA), replacing BGen J.R.M. Gagne.

Rear-Admiral J.P.G. Couturier will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • RAdm A.G. McDonald will be appointed Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing Rear-Admiral J.P.G. Couturier.
  • RAdm J.R. Auchterlonie will be appointed Commander Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force (Pacific), in Esquimalt BC, replacing Rear-Admiral A.G. McDonald.
  • MGen W.F. Seymour will be appointed Deputy Commander - Canadian Joint Operations Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing Rear-Admiral J.R. Auchterlonie.
  • Cmdre B.W.N. Santarpia will be promoted to Rear-Admiral and will be appointed Chief of Staff Operations, CJOC, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing Major-General W.F. Seymour.
  • Capt(N) B. Peats will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and will be appointed Director General Plans - Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing Cmdre B.W.N. Santarpia.

Rear-Admiral W.S. Truelove will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • MGen S.C. Hetherington will be appointed Canadian Defence Attache / Commander Canadian Defence Liason Staff (Washington) in Washington DC (USA), replacing RAdm W.S. Truelove.
  • BGen S.M. Cadden will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, in Kingston ON, replacing MGen S.C. Hetherington.
  • BGen J.J.M.J. Paul will be appointed as Commander 4th Canadian Division, in Toronto ON, replacing BGen S.M. Cadden.
  • Col M.C. Wright will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and be appointed as Chief of Staff Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen J.J.M.J. Paul.

Major-General D.L.R. Wheeler retired from service in late 2017, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • BGen S.G. Friday was promoted Major-General and appointed as Deputy VCDS, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen D.L.R. Wheeler.
  • BGen acting while so employed K.G. Horgan will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and was appointed as Chief of Staff, VCDS, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen S.G. Friday.

Major-General D.J. Milner will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • MGen S.G. Friday will be appointed as Central Command Deputy J4, in Tampa FL (USA), replacing MGen D.J. Milner in Central Command.
  • BGen F.J. Allen will be promoted to Major-General and appointed as Deputy VCDS, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen S.G. Friday.
  • Col P.C. Sabourin will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Information Management Operations, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen F.J. Allen.

Major-General G.D. Loos will retire from service resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • BGen F.J. Chagnon will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Chief of Staff Assistant Deputy Minister (IM), at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen G.D. Loos.
  • BGen D.J. Anderson will be appointed Deputy Chief of Staff - Operations, CJOC, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen F.J. Chagnon.
  • BGen M.H.L. Bourgon will be appointed as Chief of Staff Readiness CJOC, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen D.J. Anderson.
  • BGen J.P.R. Prevost will be appointed as Director General Operations, Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen M.H.L. Bourgon.
  • Col J.A.S. Bernard will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Chief of Staff plans, CJOC, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen J.P.R. Prevost.

Major-General N. Eldaoud will transfer to the Primary Reserve and continue to support the Journey Project, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Following his return from Op Impact (MLT Director), BGen S.J.R. Whelan will be promoted to Major-General and will be appointed Chief Military Personnel Programs (Journey Project), at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen N. Eldaoud.
  • BGen R. Delaney will be appointed Ministerial Liaison Team Director - Op Impact, replacing BGen S.J.R. Whelan.
  • Col J.S. Trudeau will be promoted to Brigadier-General and appointed as Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen R. Delaney.

Rear-Admiral J.J. Bennett will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Capt(N) R.L. Patterson will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and appointed Director General CAF Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm J.J. Bennett.

Commodore M.D. Wood retired from service in late 2017, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Capt(N) L. Carosielli was promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and appointed as Project Manager Canadian Surface Combatant, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre M.D. Wood.

Brigadier-General M.A. Frank retired from service in late 2017, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Capt(Navy) R.G. Pumphrey was promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and appointed as Director General Defence Force Plan, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen M.A. Frank.

Brigadier-General W. Liedtke retired from service in late 2017, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Col R.W.H. Goodyear will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Chief Financial Management/Deputy Chief Financial Officer at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen W. Liedtke.

Brigadier-General J.B.C. Doyon retired from service in late 2017, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Cmdre acting while so employed C.F. Sutherland will be promoted substantive to the rank of Commodore and was appointed as Director General Military Careers, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen J.B.C. Doyon.

Brigadier-General R.G. Mazzolin will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Col P.J. Peyton will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Vice Director J7 - Exercises and Training, US Cyber Command, in Washington DC (USA), replacing BGen R.G. Mazzolin.

Brigadier-General K.W. Horlock will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • BGen acting while so employed D.A. Macisaac will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Chief of Staff support at Canadian Joint Operations Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen K.W. Horlock.
  • Col A.R. Jayne was promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and deployed on Operation Impact, replacing BGen D.A. Macisaac. Upon return from operations, BGen A.R. Jayne will be appointed as Director General Cyberspace, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre R. Feltham.

Brigadier-General M.A. Nixon will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Col J.B.P. Carpentier will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Commander Joint Task Force North, Yellowknife, replacing BGen M.A. Nixon.

Brigadier-General R.W. Ermel will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Col D.D. Basinger will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Director General Capability and Structure Integration, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen R.W. Ermel.

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

Lieutenant-General S.J. Bowes will be seconded to a new position with Veterans Affairs Canada, in Charlottetown PEI, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • MGen M.N. Rouleau will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed as Commander CJOC, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing LGen S.J. Bowes
  • BGen P.S. Dawe will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed as Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing MGen M.N. Rouleau
  • Col J.M.S. (Steve) Boivin will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Deputy Commander, CANSOFCOM replacing BGen P.S. Dawe

Cmdre C.P. Donovan will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and be appointed into a new position as Director General Canadian Surface Combatant, at NDHQ, in Ottawa.

Cmdre acting while so employed R. Feltham will be promoted substantive to the rank of Commodore and appointed Director General Naval Force Development, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre C.P. Donovan.
 
Cmdre H.C. Edmundson will be promoted to Rear-Admiral and will be appointed Deputy Commander Military Personnel Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing MGen W.D. Eyre.

  • Cmdre J.A.S. Page will be appointed Chief of Staff Operations to the Commander of Military Personnel Command, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing Commodore H.C. Edmundson
  • Captain (Navy) C.S. Earl will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and will be appointed Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore J.A.S. Page

Brigadier-General B.W.G. McPherson will be appointed as Commandant Canadian Forces College in Toronto, replacing BGen K.R. Cotten

  • Col T.P. Dunne will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as CAF Liaison Officer to the Pentagon, in Washington DC, replacing BGen B.W.G. McPherson

Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane will be appointed Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • BGen M. Leblanc will be appointed Commander 2 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg MB, replacing BGen D.B. Cochrane.
  • BGen J.R.P. Laroche will be appointed as Deputy J3 Operations with United States Pacific Command (Hawaii), in Pearl Harbour, replacing BGen M. Leblanc.
  • BGen S.N. Clancy will be appointed as Deputy Commander Alaskan NORAD Region, in Anchorage AK (USA), replacing BGen J.R.P. Laroche.
  • BGen E.J. Kenny will be appointed as Director General Air Readiness, at NDHQ, in Ottawa ON, replacing BGen S.N. Clancy.
  • Col I.S. Huddleston will be promoted to Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Deputy Commander Force Generation, at 1 Canadian Air Division HQ, in Winnipeg MB, replacing BGen E.J. Kenny.

Following his return from Op Impact (Chief of Staff), BGen acting while so employed D.C. Aitchison will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commander US Army Alaska, in a position that has been up-ranked to Brigadier-General, replacing Col R. Pelletier.

BGen acting while so employed L.P. McGarry will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and deploy on Op Impact (Chief of Staff), replacing BGen D.C. Aitchison.

Cmdre M.J.M. Halle will be appointed to a NATO rotational position as Maritime Component Commander Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, in Northwood (United Kingdom).

Col M.R. Barker will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Aerospace Equipment Project Management, at NDHQ, in Ottawa.

Col C.R. Keiver will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Director General Air Staff, at NDHQ, Ottawa.

Capt(N) D.M. Garnier will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and deploy as task force Commander CTF-150 Op Artemis, in Bahrain.

BGen acting while so employed A.T. Benson will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and will continue to serve in his current appointment as Director General Land Equipment Program Management, at NDHQ, in Ottawa.

BGen acting while so employed S.M. Moritsugu will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and will continue to serve in his current appointment as Director General Military Signals Intelligence, at NDHQ, in Ottawa.

BGen acting while so employed V.C. Tattersall will be promoted substantive to the rank of Brigadier-General and will continue to serve in her current appointment as Deputy Commander Canadian Defence Academy, in Kingston.

Cmdre acting while so employed M.T.J. Kurtz will be promoted substantive to the rank of Commodore and will continue to serve as Director General Defence Security, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing BGen J.P.L. Meloche.

BGen M.C.D. Savard will transition from Project Leader Military Personnel Management Capability Transformation to Deputy Director General Military Personnel Policy Division, at NDHQ, in Ottawa.

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