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Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan will be the next chief of the defence staff


X/LGen Jennie Carignan

Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan will be the next chief of the defence staff. She will become the first female to hold the position.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to formally appoint Carignan next week. Carignan will take over from General Wayne Eyre who announced his retirement after serving in the role since 2021.


Carignan was promoted to brigadier-general back in 2016 and appointed chief of staff of army operations. Three years later, she was promoted to the rank of major-general and took command of a training mission in Iraq.


She was promoted to lieutenant-general in 2021 upon her appointment to the newly-created position of Chief for Professional Conduct and Culture, with the responsibility of preventing sexual assault in the military.

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