Who's Where – Summer 2020
AUG 2020
Aug 01, 2020

Spring / Summer 2020

Below are some of the personnel changes in your defence community. The following are from Raytheon, DRS, ADGA, MDA, DND, Canadian Embassy in Washington, Cdn Forces College, NATO Defense College, and Climatopolis.

On 23 July 2020, Canada’s longest-serving Chief of the Defence Staff announced he will be retiring “in the months to come” pending a government choice for a replacement. “Until I relinquish command I will continue to serve you and Canadians with the same energy and effort I always have,” tweeted General Vance, knowing the recruitment process for a new CDS may take a few months. Vance had advised both the Prime Minister and Governor General of his intent before sending out a message to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted that “General Jonathan Vance has served our country with distinction for nearly 40 years.”.

On 16 July 2020, a Change of Command ceremony was held at the NATO Defense College. Command was passed from Commandant LGen Chris Whitecross of Canada to LGen Olivier Rittimann of France. The graduation of Senior Course 136 was also celebrated at that event. In her speech to the graduating class, LGen Whitecross highlighted the efforts and commitment of course members over the months of COVID lockdown and acknowledged the hard work accomplished by all College staff to keep the NDC ‘open for business.’ 

On 15 July, Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau assumed the responsibilities of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS). He began his military career in 1985 as an artillery officer, and since then has served equally between the Canadian Army, Special Operations Forces, and in strategic staff positions such as commander of CJOC for the past two years. LGen Rouleau takes over from LGen Jean-Marc Lanthier who retired this year after 30+ years of distinguished service to Canada.

Capt(N) William Quinn is heading to Washington soon and looking forward to taking on new responsibilities as Canadian Naval Attaché and Assistant Defence Attaché to the United States in August.



In June, after three years in Belgium as J5 Strategic Planner at Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe, and then another three years at the Joint Command and Staff Programme, at Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Leanne Crowe has been selected as Department Chair where she will oversee the College’s Department of Military Planning and Operations.


Colonel Daniel Rivière has been selected to be the next Commander at CFB Borden and also Military Personnel Generation Training Group. A Change of Command ceremony will take place on 2 September 2020.



January 2020 kicked off with Paul Romeo joining Raytheon Canada. In the role of Business Development Manager (Land), Paul is responsible for all Canadian Army projects at Raytheon Canada.



In June 2020, Dale Potter joined the leadership team at Leonardo DRS Technologies as VP, Business Development.



In July, ADGA announced that Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Jean-Marc Lanthier, who served as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff before retiring in 2020, has joined the ADGA Strategic Advisory Council. 



Retired astronaut Tim Kopra joined MDA in June as Vice President of Robotics and Space Operations. He will be responsible for those teams at sites in Brampton, Ottawa, Saint-Hubert, and Houston.



In July, MDA appointed Maria Perrella as Chief Financial Officer. She previously served as CFO at ATS Automation Systems.



Also in July, MDA selected aviation and aerospace law expert, Martin J. Herman as General Counsel & VP, Legal.



In July, James Castle, President and Co-Founder of Terranova Defense Solutions, takes over as CEO for climate change projects at Climatopolis Canada, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Climatopolis is the first scientific complex dedicated to climate change, and is currently preparing to build five 200-­acre centres around the world. 


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