Joint Task Force-Iraq welcomes new Commander

News Release

March 3, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces 

Brigadier-General Daniel MacIsaac assumed command of Joint Task Force-Iraq (JTF-I) at a ceremony today at Camp Canada in Kuwait. Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, Deputy Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, presided over the ceremony. 

Taking over as Commander of JTF-I from Brigadier-General Shane Brennan, Brigadier-General MacIsaac will command Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel deployed on Operation IMPACT, Canada’s military contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh.

CAF members continue to play a significant role alongside Coalition partners by supporting Iraqi security forces, conducting air operations, and providing strategic military support to the Government of Iraq.


“With a wide range of military leadership experiences, most recently as the Commander of 5th Canadian Division Support Group—Atlantic Canada’s largest Army organization—Brigadier-General MacIsaac is ideally suited to command Joint Task Force-Iraq and to lead its members through the challenges that lay ahead. I thank Brigadier-General Brennan for his nine-month commitment to bringing this mission forward and for its success to date.” 

— Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, Deputy Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

“It is a privilege to command Joint Task Force – Iraq. Brigadier-General Brennan led this force through a significant period of change, which included significant degradation of Daesh’s capability. I look forward to working with JTF-I’s outstanding Canadians, our coalition partners and our hosts in this region. Such collaborative work against a disruptive non-state common enemy demonstrates our shared commitment to fighting terrorism, as well as to regional and international peace and security.” 

— Brigadier-General Daniel MacIsaac, Incoming Commander, Joint Task Force-Iraq

“I am honoured to have commanded Joint Task Force-Iraq. The Task Force made important contributions to the Coalition while implementing substantial capabilities as part of the enhanced mission. I know that Brigadier-General MacIsaac will maintain the Canadian Armed Forces’ tradition of excellence in operations which Joint Task Force-Iraq has so successfully achieved.” 

— Brigadier-General Shane Brennan, Outgoing Commander, Joint Task Force-Iraq

Quick Facts

  • Brigadier-General MacIsaac has served in a variety of English- and French-speaking command, staff and engineering positions throughout his career. He has previous operational experience in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Europe, Haiti and Canada.

  • While Brigadier-General MacIsaac was the Commanding Officer of 5e Régiment du génie de combat between 2009 and 2011, the Regiment generated a headquarters and seven squadrons for counter insurgency operations in Afghanistan. Also while under his command, a regimental headquarters and 150 soldiers deployed to provide immediate humanitarian assistance and disaster response after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. On that mission, Brigadier-General MacIsaac served as the Task Force Engineer.

  • Prior to his current deployment, he served as the Commander of 5th Canadian Division Support Group in Gagetown, New Brunswick.

  • During the past year, as part of the Government of Canada’s continued contribution to multinational efforts to degrade and defeat Daesh, the CAF assumed the lead of a highly capable Role 2 medical facility and launched Building Partner Capacity initiatives in Jordan and Lebanon, an All-Source Intelligence Centre, and a tactical aviation detachment of CH-146 Griffon helicopters. These components are part of the mission made up of approximately 830 CAF members which include the train, advise and assist mission with Iraqi security forces.

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