Message from CPCC Leadership Team: Defence Team consultation wrap-up

March 18, 2022 - Defence Stories

Message from CPCC leadership team

Last month, we completed the Defence Team Conduct and Culture Consultation. Thank you for your participation: military members, including Reservists and Veterans, and public servants. Your engagement and honesty have been invaluable in helping us define the problem space, recognize gaps, and identify opportunities for improvement. We listened and learned from the depth and wisdom of your comments, and will act on them as we move forward.

Since October 2021, we have held 279 sessions comprised of town halls, listening sessions, leadership consultations, culture dialogues, and targeted interviews, totalling over 435 hours of consultation and attracting nearly 9,000 participants. We heard you: your lived experiences, your insights, your comments regarding what is working and what is not, your suggestions for change.

The majority of comments fit into four cultural themes: service to mission, warrior identity, effective leadership, and teamwork. While many of your observations and comments indicated that these themes are regarded as historical DND/CAF strengths, you also told us that they have allowed certain limiting or harmful mindsets to take hold.

As we shape our culture change efforts, we must address the dual nature of these cultural themes, redefining them in order to retain, and even enrich, their strengths while diminishing their weaknesses. Below are comments that we heard which illustrate opposing points of view, as well as our vision for closing this divide.

Service to mission

Warrior identity

Effective leadership


We are currently analyzing the consultation findings so that we can best turn them into action. We will communicate more details about our findings – including a detailed analysis and recommendations – in the near future.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Defence Team Conduct and Culture Consultation. Please remember that, although we are winding up this initiative, our team is always open to input and feedback. You can reach out to us at any time using the CPCC email address.

Lieutenant-General M.A.J. Carignan, CMM, MSM, CD
Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture

Chief Warrant Officer Bob McCann, MMM, MSM, CD
Command Chief Warrant Officer,
Professional Conduct and Culture

Marie Doyle
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister,
Professional Conduct and Culture

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