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Interim DND Ombudsperson appointed
Gregory Lick
has been appointed as the interim Ombudsperson for the Department of National Defence and the CAF. With more than 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies.

Effective 1 November 2018, Lick will serve as the interim Ombudsperson for up to eight months or until the position is filled. A selection process is underway to select someone for this five-year term position. The Ombudsperson investigates complaints and serves as a neutral third party on matters related to the Department and the CAF and the welfare of its members and employees. Acting independently of the chain of command and managers, the Ombudsperson reports directly to the Minister of National Defence.

Gary Walbourne will be retiring after serving as Ombudsman since 2014. In a farewell message, Walbourne wrote: “I have often heard about how professional and dedicated the men and women of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are... well I can confirm these are not just words, they are indeed the fabric that holds this all together. And as I travel across the country, I really see the Canadian Armed Forces for what it is. An absolutely incredible organization filled with amazing people [...] who care and are dedicated [...] we should all be so grateful.”

Michael Potter has recently made the switch from Lockheed Martin Canada to being a Principal at Management & Program Consultants.




L3 Technologies WESCAM has appointed Michael Babec to the newly established role of Director Global Maritime Electro-Optical Infra-red (EOIR) Systems. He is responsible for strategic growth of WESCAM’s maritime domain business to complement the company’s success in the global airborne EOIR market.



Dirk van der Vaart is the new President at cyber-physical technology company, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI. His career in D&S includes 25+ years in high-level positions at Gate­keeper Inc., GardaWorld, GLOBAL Integrated Security, Raytheon, and ManTech. Prior to that, he had spent 11 years as a special operations officer in the intelligence community.


Responding to a request for support from Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi, NATO agreed to start training and advising Iraqi security forces and institutions in Iraq. To fulfill that role, Major-General Dany Fortin has been appointed as the Commander of the new NATO Mission – Iraq (NMI), which is a training and capacity-building mission.



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