Acting Chief of the Defence Staff announces additional 2021 Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior promotions and appointments

News release

June 17, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, has announced additions to the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments and promotions for 2021. These promotions and appointments support recent decisions on military institutional initiatives.

Promotions and appointments resulting from retirements are as follows:

Commodore Richard Feltham will retire from service resulting in the following promotion and appointments:

  • Commodore Christopher Robinson will be appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, in Halifax, replacing Commodore Richard Feltham
  • Commodore Jason Armstrong will be appointed Director General Naval Force Development, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore Christopher Robinson.

The following promotions and appointments result from new and continuing service requirements:

  • Major-General Patrick Carpentier will be appointed as Director of Operations NORAD Headquarters, in Colorado Springs, replacing Major-General Scott Clancy.
  • Major-General Hercule Gosselin will be appointed in a new position as strategic advisor to Assistant Deputy Minister  (Infrastructure and Environment), in Ottawa.
  • Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson will be appointed in a new position as Chief of Staff, Chief Professional Conduct and Culture, in Ottawa resulting in the following promotion and appointment:
    • Colonel Scott Malcolm will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Canadian Forces Health Services, in Ottawa, replacing Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson.
  • Brigadier-General Andrew Atherton will be appointed Chief of Staff  Operations, Military Personnel Command, in Ottawa, replacing Major-General Sylvain Menard.
  • Captain (Navy) Jacques Olivier was promoted Acting While so Employed Commodore and appointed as Director General Professional Military Conduct, in Ottawa, replacing Brigadier-General Andrew Atherton.
  • Colonel Jamie Speiser-Blanchet will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group Headquarters, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore Josée Kurtz.

After distinguished service to Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces, the following General Officers will retire in 2021:

  • Major-General Sean Friday
  • Commodore Richard Feltham

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Biographies of senior officers may be made available upon request by contacting Media Relations.

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-904-3333

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