Brigadier-General N.D. Stanton, OMM, CD
Director General Army Reserve
Brigadier-General Nic Stanton was born in Campbeltown, Scotland and immigrated with his family to Canada. He was raised in Southern Alberta and proudly joined the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, serving with Corps in both Fort Macleod and Calgary. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary, and with honours from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. BGen Stanton pursued a civilian career in Program and Project Management, and currently resides with his family in Calgary, Alberta.
Commissioned in 1987, BGen Stanton joined The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) in 1988 where he graduated from the Reserve Entry Scheme Officer (RESO) Programme in 1990. Within the Regiment he served at all levels of command and commanded the King’s Own from 2001 to 2004. Following Regimental command, BGen Stanton served for two years as Directing Staff at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, then was appointed as Deputy Commander for 41 Canadian Brigade Group for a further two years, until posted as the Canadian Exchange Officer/Instructor to the 104th Division and later the 70th Division, United States Army. BGen Stanton had the privilege to command 38 Canadian Brigade Group, where he led the herd from May 2010 until June 2012. Following, he took on the senior staff appointment of Assistant Chief of Staff Training at 3rd Canadian Division HQ, until promotion to Brigadier General and appointment as Deputy Commander 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West in August 2015. In January 2019, BGen Stanton left the Division and deployed to Iraq and upon return in September 2019 was appointed as the Director General Army Reserve at Canadian Army Headquarters.
BGen Stanton is a graduate of the Armoured Squadron Commanders Course, the Militia Command and Staff Course, the Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course, the NATO Senior Reserve Officers Course, the Canadian Security Studies Programme, the Executive Leaders Program, and the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course. Additionally, he has completed senior courses at both the United States (US) Army War College and the US Army Command and General Staff College. BGen Stanton has supported several domestic operations and deployed overseas twice, first with UNPROFOR on a United Nations Peacekeeping tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Battle Group Reconnaissance Squadron, and in 2019 he deployed to Iraq as part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, with US XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters, supporting Coalition operations and the capacity building of the Iraqi Security Forces.
BGen Stanton is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and the honoured recipient of both the US Meritorious Service Medal and the US Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Brigadier-General Stanton was appointed Director General Army Reserve in September 2019.
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