New Commander for Canadian Forces Intelligence Command
June 24, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Rear-Admiral Scott Bishop assumed the role of Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) and Chief of Defence Intelligence today from Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk. The change of command ceremony was held at the Cartier Square Drill Hall and was presided over by General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.
“I would like to congratulate Rear-Admiral Bishop on his appointment as Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. He is an outstanding leader, and I have no doubt he will continue the great work of his predecessor and ensure the continued provision of world-class integrated defence intelligence.”
- Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
"I have been extremely impressed with Lieutenant-General Wynnyk’s valued contribution to the defence intelligence enterprise these past two years, as significant demands have been placed on his command during his tenure. He has greatly advanced the defence intelligence function during his time as Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, and I know he will continue to excel in his next post as Commander of the Canadian Army."
"Rear-Admiral Bishop is a highly experienced leader who has been instrumental in the conduct of Canadian Armed Forces operations at home and abroad for a number of years. Intelligence-enabled operations are a central element to achieving success in any military endeavour, which I am confident will play to his strengths and further build upon the successes of his predecessor.”
- General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff
"I am honoured to be appointed Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, and I thank Lieutenant-General Wynnyk for growing this command and furthering its exceptional reputation as a defence intelligence institution over the past two years. I have no doubt that this is also a reflection of the professionalism and expertise of the men and women of CFINTCOM, whom I look forward to leading in what are very demanding times for defence intelligence.”
- Rear-Admiral Scott Bishop, Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command
- Rear-Admiral Bishop brings more than 33 years of exemplary military experience to his new role. Trained as a maritime surface officer, Rear-Admiral Bishop has served in a variety of command and staff roles during his career, most recently serving as Director General International Security Policy.
- At the same ceremony, the change of appointment of the CFINTCOM Chief Warrant Officer took place. Command Chief Warrant Officer Don MacIsaac was replaced by Command Chief Warrant Officer Robert Viel.
- CFINTCOM’s mandate is to provide credible, timely, and integrated defence intelligence capabilities, products, and services to the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada, and Allies in support of Canada's national security objectives.
- CFINTCOM is the lead Government of Canada intelligence organization for geospatial intelligence and is unique within the Canadian intelligence community as the only organization that conducts the full spectrum of both collection and analysis from all sources.
- The Commander CFINTCOM is also the Chief of Defence Intelligence. As such, he is the chief intelligence advisor to senior DND/CAF leadership and exerts functional authority over the other DND/CAF organizations to ensure that all defence intelligence activities are well coordinated and compliant with existing policies and laws.
- After nearly two years as Commander CFINTCOM, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk will assume command of the Canadian Army on July 14, 2016.
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