March 2020 - Canadian Special Operations Forces Command - Major-General Pete Dawe

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  • Assumed command of CANSOFCOM (2018)
  • Previously Deputy Commander CANSOFCOM
  • Appointed Officer of the Order of Military Merit (2015)
  • 29+ years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Deployed to Cyprus, Bosnia, and Afghanistan (x2)


  • CANSOFCOM provides the Chief of the Defence Staff with agile, high-readiness Special Operations Forces (SOF) capable of conducting special operations in defence of Canada at home and abroad.
  • Its unifying purpose is the pursuit of operational excellence in the conduct of high-risk, high-value and often politically-sensitive strategic missions.
  • CANSOFCOM’s new strategic plan, CANSOFCOM 2020: Strategic Relevance. Strong Relationships. Innovative

Key facts

Total Employees:

  • 2550


  • $218 million [N.B. An additional $54.2 million is allocated to CANSOFCOM as National Procurement funds]


  • Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2);
  • Canadian Special Operations  Regiment (CSOR);
  • Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU);
  • 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (427 SOAS);
  • Canadian Special Operations Training Centre (CSOTC)

Key Partners


  • Canadian Joint Operations Command, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal
  • Canadian Navy, and Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy).


  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Communications Security Establishment
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Public Safety
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police


  • Five Eyes (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand) and French SOF

Top issues for Canadian Special Operations Forces Command


CSOR Infrastructure Project

  • This infrastructure project is designed to provide CSOR - CANSOF’s versatile, multi-mission force - with upgraded facilities able to meet today’s demands.


Operational Authorities

  • The dynamic and specialized nature of CANSOF operations often require Ministerial approval.

Global Archer 20 (GA 20)

  • In February/March 2020, national security partners will conduct an exercise focused on [REDACTED]
  • GA 20 will test and assess whole-of-government policies, protocols, and authorities [REDACTED]
  • This exercise will build on Exercise Vital Archer 17 [REDACTED]

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