Updated 17 June 2021
Senior promotions and appointments (update)

© 2021 FrontLine Defence (Vol 18, No 1)

14 May 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
(updated 17 June 2021)

Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, has announced additions to the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments and promotions for 2021. These promotions and appointments support recent decisions on military institutional initiatives.


2021 promotions and appointments resulting from retirements:

Lieutenant-General O.H. Lavoie will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Major-General J.J.M.J. Paul will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, in Naples, Italy, replacing LGen Lavoie;
     
  • Major-General Peter Dawe will be appointed Director General International Security Policy, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Paul;
     
  • Brigadier-General J.M.S. Boivin will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Dawe; and
     
  • Colonel S.J. Hunter will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Boivin.

Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointments:

  • Lieutenant-General Frances Allen will be appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, in Ottawa, replacing LGen Rouleau;
     
  • Rear-Admiral S.E.G. Bishop will be promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and appointed Military Representative of Canada to NATO, in Brussels, Belgium, replacing LGen Allen;
     
  • Brigadier-General M.C. Wright will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Bishop; and
     
  • Colonel T.M. Arsenault will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Joint Task Force Impact, in Kuwait, replacing BGen Wright.

Major-General J.J.G. Chapdelaine will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel J.L.G. Belisle will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Chaplain General, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Chapdelaine.

Major-General S.N. Clancy will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Major-General Patrick Carpentier will be appointed Director of Operations, NORAD Headquarters, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, replacing MGen Clancy; 
     
  • Colonel J.P.P. Godbout will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Joint Task Force North, in Yellowknife, replacing BGen Carpentier.
     
  • Colonel D.P. Conley will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Privy Council Office Military Advisor, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Prevost.

Rear-Admiral C.S. Earl will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General D.D. Basinger will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Chief of Staff Materiel, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Earl;
     
  • Brigadier-General J.E.S. Boucher will be appointed Director General Capability and Structure Integration, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Basinger; and
     
  • Colonel S.G. Graham will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Task Force Commander, in Jerusalem, replacing BGen Boucher.

Major-General J.R.M. Gagné will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General J.A.S. Bernard will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Director General Military Personnel - Strategy, Chief Military Personnel, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Gagné;
     
  • Brigadier-General R. Pelletier will be appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Plans, Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing Brigadier-General J.A.S. Bernard; and
     
  • Brigadier-General P. Peyton will be appointed Commander 5th Canadian Division, in Halifax, replacing BGen Pelletier.

Major-General D.W. Joyce will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General J.B.P. Carpentier will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Deputy Commander Continental United States NORAD Region, in Tyndall, Florida, replacing MGen Joyce; and
     
  • Colonel J.P.P. Godbout will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Joint Task Force North, in Yellowknife, replacing BGen Carpentier.

Major-General M. Lalumiere will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General S.Y. Menard will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Chief of Fighter Capability, in Ottawa, replacing Major-General M.Gen Lalumiere; and
     
  • Captain(Navy) J.S. Armstrong will be promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Chief of Staff Operations, Chief of Military Personnel, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Menard.

Brigadier-General M.C. Atkins retired from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel P.J. Doyle was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Commander and Defence Advisor at the High Commission of Canada, in London, UK, replacing BGen Atkins.

Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard will retire from service on 15 Aug 2021, resulting in the following appointment:

  • Commodore Josée Kurtz will be appointed Commandant Royal Military College, in Kingston, replacing BGen Bouchard.
     
  • Colonel Jamie Speiser-Blanchet will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group Headquarters, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre Kurtz.

Commodore A.J. Clarke will retire from service, resulting in the following appointments:

  • Brigadier-General T.P. Dunne will be appointed Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, replacing Cmdre Clarke; and
     
  • Colonel J.G.P. Lemyre will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed CDS Liaison Officer to the Pentagon, In Washington, DC, replacing BGen Dunne.

Commodore Richard Feltham will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointments:

  • Commodore Christopher Robinson will be appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, in Halifax, replacing Cmdre Feltham
     
  • Commodore Jason Armstrong will be appointed Director General Naval Force Development, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore Christopher Robinson.

Brigadier-General J.R.L. Guillette retired from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel S.A. Connor was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commander, Force Generation, 1 Canadian Air Division, in Winnipeg, replacing BGen Guillette.

Brigadier-General J.H. Janzen will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel R. Perreault will be promoted Acting While So Employed to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Public Affairs, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Janzen.

Brigadier-General S. Lacroix retired from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel D. Abboud was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Chief of Staff for the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Lacroix.

Brigadier-General L.P. McGarry retired from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel K.D. Brodie was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Military Personnel Generation Group, in Ottawa, replacing Brigadier-General L.P. McGarry.

Brigadier-General Alan Mulawyshyn will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General D.O. Quinn will be appointed Chief of Staff for the Chief of the Defence Staff, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Mulawyshyn;
     
  • Brigadier-General F.G. Carpentier will be appointed National Military Representative to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Casteau, Belgium, replacing BGen Quinn;
     
  • Brigadier-General J.R.S. Boivin will be appointed Commander 2 Canadian Division, in Montreal, replacing BGen Carpentier; and
     
  • Colonel C.I. Oberwarth will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commanding General Operations, US I Corps, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, replacing BGen Boivin.

Brigadier-General D. Savard will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel M.B. Larsen will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Director General Military Personnel Policy, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Savard.

Brigadier-General Y.N. Thomson will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel K.A. Gallinger will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Military Careers, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Thomson.

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

Rear-Admiral J.R. Auchterlonie will be promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and appointed Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa on 18 June 2021, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Commodore Angus Topshee will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and appointed Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, in Esquimalt, replacing RAdm Auchterlonie;
     
  • Captain (Navy) D.E. Mazur will be promoted Acting While so Employed Commodore and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, in Esquimalt, replacing Cmdre Topshee.

Rear-Admiral C.A. Baines was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and appointed Commander Royal Canadian Navy, in Ottawa, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Major-General B.F. Frawley will be appointed Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Baines;
     
  • Brigadier-General C.R. Keiver will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Deputy Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Frawley; and
     
  • Colonel C.A. McKenna will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Air Force Development, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Keiver.

Major-General Jennie Carignan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed to the recently announced position created to lead the effort to address the current systemic challenge related to culture, as Chief Professional Conduct and Culture, in Ottawa (announced May 2021).

​Major-General D. Fortin was seconded to Public Health Agency of Canada, in Ottawa. Stepping aside due to a legal matter in May 2021, MGen Fortin was replaced by BGen Krista Brodie. The secondment resulted in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General I.S. Huddleston will be promoted Major-General and appointed Chief of Staff, Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Fortin; and
     
  • Colonel J.J. Alexander will be promoted Brigadier-General and be appointed Director General Air Readiness, in Ottawa, replacing BGen I.S. Huddleston.

Major-General Hercule Gosselin will be appointed in a new position as strategic advisor to Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), in Ottawa.

Major-General D.A. Macaulay will be appointed to a new position as CENTCOM Vice J3, in Tampa, Florida, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General C.J.J. Mialkowski will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Deputy Commander Canadian Army, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Macaulay;
     
  • Brigadier-General P.J. Scott will be appointed Commander 4th Canadian Division, in Toronto, replacing BGen Mialkowski; and
     
  • Colonel E. Laforest will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Strategic Joint Staff Director General Operations, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Scott.

Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson will be appointed in a new position as Chief of Staff, Chief Professional Conduct and Culture, in Ottawa resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel Scott Malcolm will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Canadian Forces Health Services, in Ottawa, replacing RAdm Patterson.

Major-General Steven Whelan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed as Commander Military Personnel Command and Chief of Military Personnel, in Ottawa resulting in the following promotions and appointments:

  • Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon was promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed as Deputy Commander Military Personnel Command and Assistant Chief of Military Personnel, replacing MGen Whelan.

Brigadier-General Andrew Atherton will be appointed Chief of Staff  Operations, Military Personnel Command, in Ottawa, replacing MGen Sylvain Menard.

  • Captain (Navy) Jacques Olivier was promoted Acting While so Employed Commodore and appointed as Director General Professional Military Conduct, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Atherton.

Commodore J. Hamilton will be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and be appointed Chief of Programme, in Ottawa.

  • Commodore D.A. Charlebois will be appointed Chief of Staff Readiness, CJOC, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre J. Hamilton.

Brigadier-General C.M. Harding will be appointed in a new position as Assistant Chief of Staff J4, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Casteau, Belgium, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel J.P.S. McKenzie will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Support, CJOC, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Harding.

Brigadier-General K.E. Osmond will be appointed in a new position as Deputy Chief of Combat Systems Integration, in Ottawa.

Commodore S.A. Thornton will be appointed to a new position as Director General Digital Enterprise Modernization, in Ottawa, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel N. Pilon will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Defence Force Planning, in Ottawa, replacing Cmdre S.A. Thornton.

Brigadier-General Nancy Tremblay will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed to a new position as Chief Materiel Program, in Ottawa, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel Marc Rodgers will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Aerospace Equipment Program Management, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Tremblay.

Brigadier-General C.J. Zimmer will be promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed to a new position as Chief of Staff, Data Innovation and Analytics, in Ottawa, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:

  • Colonel C.A. Heilman will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Strategic Joint Staff J4, in Ottawa, replacing BGen Zimmer.

Captain(Navy) P.J. Montgomery will be promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Commander Naval Reserve, in Ottawa.


The following General Officers and Flag Officers were promoted from Acting While So Employed (AWSE) to Substantive:

Commodore M. Bowen was promoted to the substantive rank of Commodore and remained appointed J7 to United States Cyber Command.

Brigadier-General D.J. Cross was promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remained appointed Commander Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group.

Brigadier-General M.W. Goulden was promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remained appointed Deputy Commander 1 Canadian Air Division.

Commodore R.C. Gray was promoted to the substantive rank of Commodore and remained appointed Project Manager, Canadian Surface Combatant Project.

Brigadier-General M.L. Lapointe was promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remained appointed Deputy Commander US Army Alaska.

Brigadier-General Alan Mulawyshyn was promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remained appointed Chief of Staff for the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Commodore D. Patchell was promoted to the substantive rank of Commodore and remained appointed Director General Naval Strategic Readiness.

Brigadier-General F.W. Radiff was promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier-General and remained appointed Alaskan NORAD Region Deputy Commander.


After distinguished service to Canada and the CAF, the following 19 General Officers and Flag Officers retired in the latter stage of 2020 or will retire in 2021:

  1. Lieutenant-General C.J. Coates
  2. Lieutenant-General O.H. Lavoie
  3. Lieutenant-General M.N. Rouleau
  4. Major-General F.J. Chagnon
  5. Major-General J.J.G. Chapdelaine
  6. Major-General S.N. Clancy
  7. Rear-Admiral C.S. Earl
  8. Major-General Sean Friday
  9. Major-General J.R.M. Gagné
  10. Major-General D.W. Joyce
  11. Major-General M. Lalumiere
  12. Brigadier-General M.C. Atkins
  13. Brigadier-General A.T. Benson
  14. Brigadier-General S. Bouchard
  15. Commodore A.J. Clarke
  16. Commodore Richard Feltham
  17. Brigadier-General J.R.L. Guillette
  18. Commodore M.J.M. Halle
  19. Brigadier-General J.H. Janzen
  20. Brigadier-General S. Lacroix
  21. Brigadier-General L.P. McGarry
  22. Brigadier-General A.P. Mulawyshyn
  23. Brigadier-General D. Savard
  24. Brigadier-General Y.N. Thomson
 

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