Canadian Army hosted Chief of Staff Swedish Army

News release

May 15, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Army hosted Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Staff Swedish Army, this week in Edmonton, Wainwright, and Ottawa. This was Major General Engelbrektson’s first official counterpart visit to Canada.

Major General Engelbrektson met with Commander, 3rd Canadian Division, Brigadier-General Trevor Cadieu, and other senior military leadership while in Edmonton. His visit to the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright included observing training and readiness activities as part of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE.

In Ottawa, Major General Engelbrektson met with Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander, Canadian Army (CA), and other senior Army leadership. Operation UNIFIER and the Canadian-led enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia were discussed during meetings with CA leadership. Major General Engelbrektson also participated in briefings on the Canadian Army Reserve, including learning more about recruitment, retention and organization.

While in Ottawa, Major General Engelbrekston also had an opportunity to visit the Governor General’s Foot Guards of the 4th Canadian Division, based at Cartier Square Drill Hall.


Additional multimedia

Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Staff Swedish Army (centre), is welcomed at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright where he observed training as part of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE on 12 May 2018.
Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Staff Swedish Army (centre), is welcomed at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright where he observed training as part of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE on 12 May 2018. Photo by: Corporal Vuong-De Ramos, 2nd Canadian Division ©2018 DND/MDN Canada.
Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk (left), Commander Canadian Army, and Major General Karl Engelbrektson (right), Chief of Staff Swedish Army, receive a salute from the Guard of Honour at National Defence Headquarters on 14 May, 2018.
Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk (left), Commander Canadian Army, and Major General Karl Engelbrektson (right), Chief of Staff Swedish Army, receive a salute from the Guard of Honour at National Defence Headquarters on 14 May, 2018. Photo: Corporal Andrew Wesley, Directorate of Army Public Affairs ©2018 DND/MDN Canada.

Quotes

“I’m extremely pleased to have hosted Major General Engelbrektson and to have had the opportunity to showcase our high readiness training at Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE and the Canadian Army Reserve. This visit has enabled both armies to share best practices and identify areas of future cooperation.”

– Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army

“My visit to Canada and with Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk has exceeded my expectations in a very positive way. I had the opportunity to discuss and interact with the Canadian Army leadership in a way that has both deepened my understanding and respect for the Canadian Army, as well as convinced me of the importance of joint cooperation in the future. I look forward to future collaboration between our two Armies.”

– Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Staff Swedish Army

Quick facts

  • Canada views Sweden as a reliable, highly capable and enhanced North Atlantic Treaty Organization partner.

  • NATO is a cornerstone of Canada’s defence and security policy. Canada remains committed to providing credible, value-added contributions to NATO operations and to strengthening the Alliance in the face of today’s complex security environment.

  • Opportunities to meet face-to-face enable armies to highlight mutual interests and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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