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CDA Institute Roundtable Discussion with General Jonathan Vance and Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross

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Thursday, 6 August 2015 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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 Join the CDA Institute for a Roundtable Discussion / 

Joignez-vous à l'Institut de la CAD pour une discussion en table ronde:


  with / avec

 General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC, CD

Chief of Defence Staff / Chef d'État-major de la défense


and/ et

 Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross, OMM, CD

Chief of Military Personnel / Chef du personnel militaire


  *The session will be conducted under a modified Chatham House Rule (not for attribution and no media reporting)


*La séance sera tenue suivant la règle modifié Chatham House Rule (L’attribution de sources et le reportage médiatique sont interdit). 

 Thursday August 6, 2015 / Jeudi le 6 août, 2015

10:30am - 1:00pm

World Exchange Plaza

Telfer School of Management

45 O'Connor Street

Suite 350

Ottawa, ON



Registration / inscription:

Regular Admission / Tarif régulier: $50.00

CDA Institute Donor* / Donateur de l'Institut* CAD: $25.00 

Full-time University Students / Étudiant(e) à temps plein : $15.00

DND/CAF Personnel (limited)/ Personnel de MDN/FAC (limitée): Free/Gratuit


CDA Institute Board Members, CDA Executive or CDA Member Associations

Please email Meaghan to register:

 Includes refreshments and lunch / Rafraîchissements et dîner inclus

Headline Sponsor / Commanditaire principal:




Do I have to register for the event? / Dois-je m'inscrire à l'événement?

Yes, space is limited and registration is required. Payment due at time of registration. / Oui, les places sont limitées et l'inscription est obligatoire. Le paiement est dû au moment de l'inscription. 

Do I have to bring a ticket to the event? / Dois-je apporter mon billet à l'événement?

No, simply provide your name at the door. / Non; il suffit tout simplement d’indiquer votre nom une fois arrivé.

What is the refund policy? / Quelle est la politique de remboursement ?

Refunds can be requested before Noon EST on August 4th. After this date, substitutions only. / Les demandes de remboursement doivent être transmises avant midi le 4 août. Les substitutions seulement après cette date.

How do I become a CDA Institute Donor? / Comment faire un don à l'institut de la CAD?

Give us a call @ 613-236-9903 or email *A Minimum donation of $300.00 in the current fiscal year is required for the Donor Registration rates. / Appelez-nous au 613-236-9903, ou bien envoyez  un courriel à *Un don minimal de 300,00 $ est exigé afin de pouvoir bénéficier aux taux d'inscription de donneurs.





General Jonathan Vance joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982. Following his graduation from Royal Roads Military College in 1986, he was commissioned as an infantry officer into the Royal Canadian Regiment.

General Vance's distinguished career includes serving with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment, where he commanded at all levels within the field force from platoon commander to brigade commander and as Joint Task Force Commander.

General Vance commanded the Second Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment in Gagetown, New Brunswick from 2001-2003. He also commanded 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Edmonton from 2006 to 2008, and subsequently, deployed as Commander Joint Task Force Afghanistan and Task Force Kandahar in 2009 and again in 2010.

Following his tours in Afghanistan, General Vance served on the Army Staff as Chief of Staff Land Strategy, and as Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff in National Defence Headquarters. Before assuming his most recent responsibilities, he completed a tour of duty as Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples in July 2014.

He assumed his position as Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014. As part of his duties, he has overseen both the air and ground deployments against the so-called Islamic State as well as Canada's contribution to NATO in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

On April 27, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the upcoming appointment of General Jonathan Vance to succeed General Tom Lawson as Chief of the Defence Staff to take effect on 17 July 2015. General Vance holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies, Royal Roads Military College (1986) and a Master of Arts in War Studies, Royal Military College (2004).




Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982, joining the Canadian Military Engineers after spending 4 years in the Cadet program. Her postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada. Staff duties have included postings as A4 Airfield Engineering Operations at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg; Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa; Director of Infrastructure and Environment Corporate Services for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), and as Joint Engineer for Canada Command. Her various assignments have included: G1/G4 for the Force Engineers, United Nations Protection Force, in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia; Wing Construction Engineering Officer, Greenwood; Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton; Commander, Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife, NWT; Deputy Commander, Canadian Operational Support Command, Ottawa; and Deputy DCOS Comms, ISAF HQ, Kabul Afghanistan.


Lieutenant-General Whitecross has a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College. She is a graduate of both the Command and Staff College and the Advanced Military Studies Course, both conducted at the Canadian Forces College. She is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit and was awarded the US Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service at ISAF HQ.


Lieutenant-General Whitecross was posted into the position of Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) and appointed Chief Military Engineer of the Canadian Forces at National Defence Headquarters on 9 August, 2011. Following the release of the Deschamps Report, she was appointed Commander of the Canadian Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct and is now Chief of Military Personnel. She was promoted to her current rank on 26 May, 2015. 


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World Exchange Plaza
45 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4

Thursday, 6 August 2015 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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The CDA Institute was created in 1987, with charitable status, to provide research support to the CDA and to promote informed public debate on national security and defence issues and the vital role played by the Canadian Armed Forces in our society. Its varied research activities, events and publications – including the Vimy Papers - are disseminated amongst various audiences: Canadian and International public, media, policymakers, the military, the diplomatic corps, business community, and academia.

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