CAF/DND Promotions Appointments and Retirements

© 2020 FrontLine Defence (Vol 17, No 1)

The total number of permanent General Officer and Flag Officer positions required to meet the demands of the Canadian Armed Forces currently stands at 116 (comprised of 105 Regular Force and 11 Reserve Force). 

In a surprise move on 23 July 2020, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance announced that he had informed the Prime Minister and Govenor General of his intention to retire. No date has been set. In a letter to all members of the CAF, he indicated he will stay on until such time as the government chooses his successor. “Until I relinquish command I will continue to serve you and Canadians with the same energy and effort I always have.”

The new development will no doubt result in further shuffling of the movements listed below.

2020 General and Flag Officer Promotions, Appointments and Retirements
 

After distinguished service to Canada, Lieutenant-General S.J. Bowes will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments: 
  • Major-General D.W. Lowthian will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and will be appointed Canadian Armed Forces Senior Advisor to Veterans Affairs Canada, in Ottawa Italy, replacing LGen Bowes.
     
  • Brigadier-General S.N. Clancy will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed director of NORAD operations in Colorado Springs, replacing MGen Lowthian. 
     
  • Colonel F.W. Radiff will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Deputy Commander Canadian detachment at joint base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska, replacing BGen Clancy.

After distinguished service to Canada, Vice-Admiral D.C. Hawco will retire from service, resulting in the following appointments:
  • Major-General F.J. Allen will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed as Cdn Military representative to NATO, in Brussels Belgium, replacing VAdm Hawco.
     
  • Rear-Admiral C.A. Baines will be appointed as Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, replacing MGen Allen.
     
  • Rear-Admiral B.W.N. Santarpia will be appointed as Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, in Halifax, replacing RAdm Baines.
     
  • Major-General J.S.S.D. Fortin will be appointed as Chief of Staff Operations, Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Santarpia.
     
  • Brigadier-General M. Misener will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed as Commander First Canadian Division, in Kingston, replacing MGen Fortin.
     
  • Colonel D.J. Cross will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Commander Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Misener.

After distinguished service to Canada, Lieutenant-General J.M. Lanthier will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
  • Lieutenant-General M.N. Rouleau will be appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, replacing LGen Lanthier.
     
  • Lieutenant-General C.J. Coates will be appointed Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), replacing Lieutenant-General M.N. Rouleau.
     
  • Major-General J.P.A. Pelletier will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed as Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), in Colorado Springs, replacing LGen Coates.
     
  • Brigadier-General E.J. Kenny will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will be appointed as Commander 1 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg, replacing MGen Pelletier.
     
  • Brigadier-General I.S. Huddleston will be appointed as Director General Air Readiness, in Ottawa, replacing BGen E.J. Kenny.
     
  • Colonel M.W. Goulden will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Deputy Commander Force Generation 1 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg, replacing BGen Huddleston.
 

After distinguished service to Canada, Major-General S.M. Cadden will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointments:
  • Brigadier-General M.H. St-Louis will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, in Kingston, replacing MGen Cadden.
     
  • Brigadier-General M.C. Wright will be appointed as Commander Joint Task Force Impact, in Iraq, replacing BGen St-Louis.
     
  • Commodore C.T. Skjerpen will be appointed as Chief of Staff Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Wright.
     
  • Captain(N) D.J. Patchell will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and appointed as Director General Naval Strategic Readiness, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre Skjerpen.
 

After distinguished service to Canada, Rear-Admiral L. Cassivi will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointments:
  • Brigadier-General D.C. Aitchison will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Commander Canadian Defence Academy, in Kingston, replacing RAdm Cassivi.
     
  • Colonel M.L. Lapointe will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Deputy Commander US Army Alaska, in Elmendorf AK, replacing BGen Aitchison.

After distinguished service to Canada, Major-General F.J. Chagnon retired from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments: 
  • Brigadier-General A.R. Jayne will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed as Chief of Staff, Assistant Deputy Minister Information Management (ADM IM), in Ottawa, replacing MGen Chagnon.
     
  • Brigadier-General P.C. Sabourin will be appointed as Director General Cyber, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Jayne.
     
  • Brigadier-General D.J. Lambert will be promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as DG Information Management Operations, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Sabourin.
     
  • Brigadier-General G.R. Smith will be appointed DG Intelligence Enterprise, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Lambert

After distinguished service to Canada, Major-General A.M.T. Downes will retire from service, generating the separation of the responsibilities of the Surgeon General from those of the Commander CF Health Services Group and resulting in the following appointments and promotion:
  • Brigadier-General J.G.M. Bilodeau will be appointed as the Surgeon General, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Downes.
     
  • Commodore R.L. Patterson will be appointed as the Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Downes.
     
  • Colonel A.J. Atherton will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Director General Profes­sional Military Conduct, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre Patterson

After distinguished service to Canada, Rear-Admiral J.A.S. Page retired from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
  • Commodore C.S. Earl was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and was appointed as Chief of Staff, Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel), in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Page.
     
  • Commodore L. Carosielli will be appointed as Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre Earl.
     
  • Captain(N) R.C. Gray will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) Project Manager Canadian Surface Combatant, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre Carosielli.

After distinguished service to Canada, Major-General J.S. Sirois will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
  • Brigadier-General K.G. Horgan will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Chief of Staff, Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), replacing MGen Sirois.
     
  • Brigadier-General S.M. Lacroix will be appointed as Chief of Staff, Vice Chief of the Defence staff, replacing BGen Horgan.
     
  • Brigadier-General W.H. Fletcher will be appointed as Commander Third Canadian Division, in Edmonton, replacing BGen Lacroix.
     
  • Colonel R.T. Ritchie will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and will be appointed as Deputy Commander with XVIII Airborne Corps, US Army, in Fort Bragg NC, replacing BGen Fletcher.

After distinguished service to Canada, Brigadier-General D.J. Anderson will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments: 
  • Commodore J. Hamilton will be appointed Chief of Staff Readiness, Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Anderson.
     
  • Captain(N) S.M. Thornton will be promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Director General Defence Force Planning, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre Hamilton.

After distinguished service to Canada, Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane will retire from service, resulting in the following appointment: 

  • Commodore M.T.J. Kurtz appointed Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Cochrane.

After distinguished service to Canada, Brigadier-General J.J.M. Girard will retire from service, resulting in the following appointment: 
  • Colonel K.E. Osmond will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Permanent Representative Mission New York, with the United Nations in NY, replacing BGen Girard.

After distinguished service to Canada, Brigadier-General M. Leblanc will retire from service, resulting in the following appointment: 
  • Colonel D.P. O’Reilly will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Commander 2 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg, replacing BGen Leblanc.

After distinguished service to Canada, Brigadier-General B.W.G. McPherson retired from service, resulting in the following appointment and promotion:
  • Brigadier-General J.W. Errington will be appointed as Commandant Canadian Forces College, in Toronto, replacing BGen McPherson.
     
  • Colonel J.J. (Joshua) Major will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Chief of Staff Army Ops, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Errington.
 
Promotions and Appointments from New and Continuing Service Requirements

Rear-Admiral J.B. Zwick will be appointed to a one-year temporary assignment as Chief Strong Secure and Engaged Combat Systems Implementation, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
  • Brigadier-General S.R. Kelsey will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed as Chief of Force Development, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Zwick.
     
  • Brigadier-General C. Ayotte will be appointed Director General Army Capability Development, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Kelsey.
     
  • Brigadier-General P. Peyton will deploy as Ministerial Liaison Team Director, Op Impact, Iraq, replacing BGen Ayotte.
     
  • Captain(N) M.D. Bowen will be promoted acting while so employed to the rank of Commodore and appointed as the J7 to United States Cyber Command, in Maryland, replacing BGen Peyton.

Commodore G. Bernatchez will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and will remain as Canadian Armed Forces Judge Advocate General, in Ottawa.
 

After distinguished service to Canada, Brigadier-General M.H.L. Bourgon will be appointed to a fellowship at Queens University resulting in the following promotion and appointment
  • Colonel J.D. Smyth will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Bourgon.

Brigadier-General R. Goodyear will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and will remain as Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance) Director General Budget, Ottawa

Brigadier-General J.R.P. Laroche is posted to RCAF HQ, in Ottawa, resulting in the following appointment:
  • Brigadier-General A.R. Day was appointed as Deputy Director of Operations for the United States Indo-Pacific Command, in Oahu, replacing BGen Laroche.

Commodore B.A. Peats will deploy as Commander standing NATO Maritime Group, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
  • Brigadier-General E.D. Simoneau will be appointed Director General Plans, Strategic Joint Staff, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre B.A. Peats.
     
  • Brigadier-General J.P.R. Prevost will be appointed to the Privy Council Office as Director Operations Foreign and Defence Policy, Ottawa, replacing BGen Simoneau.
     
  • Brigadier-General P.K. Scott will be appointed Director General Operations, Strategic Joint Staff, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Prevost.
     
  • Colonel J.E.S. Boucher will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and deploy as Commander Task Force Jerusalem, Operation Proteus, in Jerusalem, replacing BGen Scott.

For the first time, the CAF will be sending a General Officer to the United States Air Force Space Command (USAFSPC). Brigadier-General K.G. Whale will be appointed to a new position as the Deputy Commander Plans, USAFSPC, in Colorado Springs, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:
  • Colonel G.M. Adamson will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Space, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Whale.

Captain(N) D.A. Charlebois will be promoted to the rank of Commodore and will deploy as Commander Combined Task Force 150.
 

Colonel M. Gros-Jean will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed to a new position as Deputy Commander Support, Canadian Special Operations Force, in Ottawa.
 
Promoted from Acting While So Employed (AWSE) to Substantive

Brigadier-General F.G. Carpentier will be promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remain Commander, 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East).
 

Brigadier-General R.B. Dundon will be promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remain Director General Land Equipment Program Management.
 

Brigadier-General M.I.N. Tremblay will be promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remain Director General Aerospace Equipment Program Management.
 

The following General and Flag Officers retired in late 2019 or in 2020
 
General Jonathan Vance (date pending)
Lieutenant-General S.J. Bowes
Vice-Admiral D.C. Hawco
Lieutenant-General J.M. Lanthier
Lieutenant-General C.T. Whitecross
Major-General S.M. Cadden
Rear-Admiral L. Cassivi
Major-General F.J. Chagnon
Major-General A.M.T. Downes
Rear-Admiral J.A.S. Page
Major-General J.S. Sirois
Brigadier-General D.J. Anderson
Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane
Brigadier General K.R. Cotten
Brigadier-General J.J.M. Girard
Brigadier-General M. Leblanc
Brigadier-General B.W.G. McPherson
Brigadier General J.P.L. Meloche
Brigadier-General J.M. Theriault

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