Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)

The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS; French: Vice-chef d’état-major de la Défense) is the third most senior member of the Canadian Armed Forces, reporting to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) as well as the Deputy Minister of National Defence. The Directorate General Executive Coordination, the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group and several other departments report to the VCDS,[1] who is appointed by the CDS.[2]

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Vice-chef d’état-major de la Défense
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Incumbent
Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier

since July 18, 2019
Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces
TypeCommissioned officer
StatusCurrently constituted
AbbreviationVCDS
Reports toChief of the Defence Staff
Formation1964
First holderGeoffrey Walsh
DeputyDG Executive Coordination
Chief of Staff VCDS

Recent history

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was temporarily relieved as VCDS on January 13, 2017, due to an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.[3] As a temporary replacement, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd was appointed the duties of VCDS on an acting basis, and he was subsequently replaced by Lieutenant-General Alain Parent on May 30, 2017.[4]

On July 16, 2018, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk was named Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.[5] On July 9, 2019, Wynnyk announced his retirement[6] after he claimed that the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, planned to replace him as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.[7] Wynnyk then claimed these plans were reversed when Vice-Admiral Norman settled with the government and retired from the military. Wynnyk was the fifth Vice Chief to serve under Vance.[7]

On July 12, 2019, Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier was appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, effective July 18, 2019.[8]

Vice Chiefs of the Defence Staff

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Took office Left office Time in office Home Province Defence branch Appointed by Ref
1
Geoffrey Walsh
Lieutenant-General
Geoffrey Walsh
(1909–1999)
196419650–1 years Ontario Canadian ArmyFrank Miller[9]
2
Robert Moncel
Lieutenant-General
Robert Moncel
(1917–2007)
196519660–1 years Quebec Canadian ArmyFrank Miller[10]
3
Frederick Sharp
Lieutenant-General
Frederick Sharp
(1915–1992)
196619692–3 years Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Air ForceJean Allard[11]
4
Michael Dare
Lieutenant-General
Michael Dare
(1917–1996)
September 196919722–3 years Quebec Canadian ArmyFrederick Sharp[11]
5
Chester Hull
Lieutenant-General
Chester Hull
(1919–2012)
197219741–2 years Ontario Royal Canadian Air ForceJacques Dextraze[12]
6
Robert Falls
Vice-Admiral
Robert Falls
(1924–2009)
197419772–3 years Ontario Royal Canadian NavyJacques Dextraze[13]
7
Ramsey Withers
Lieutenant-General
Ramsey Withers
(1930–2014)
197719802–3 years Ontario Canadian ArmyRobert Falls[14]
8
Gérard Charles Édouard Thériault
Lieutenant-General
Gérard Charles Édouard Thériault
(1932–1998)
198019832–3 years Quebec Royal Canadian Air ForceRamsey Withers[15]
9
Daniel Mainguy
Vice-Admiral
Daniel Mainguy
(1930–2010)
198319851–2 years British Columbia Royal Canadian NavyGérard Charles Édouard Thériault[16]
10
Jack Vance
Lieutenant-General
Jack Vance
(1933–2013)
198519882–3 years Ontario Canadian ArmyGérard Charles Édouard Thériault[17]
11
John de Chastelain
Lieutenant-General
John de Chastelain
(born 1937)
198819890–1 years Romania Canadian ArmyPaul Manson[18]
12
Charles Thomas
Vice-Admiral
Charles Thomas
(born 1936)
198911 May 19911–2 years British Columbia Royal Canadian NavyPaul Manson[19]
13
Fred Sutherland
Lieutenant-General
Fred Sutherland
(born 1942)
199119920–1 years Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Air ForceJohn de Chastelain[20]
14
John Anderson
Vice-Admiral
John Anderson
(born 1941)
199219930–1 years British Columbia Royal Canadian NavyJohn de Chastelain[21]
15
Patrick O'Donnell
Lieutenant-General
Patrick O'Donnell
(1940–2015)
199319951–2 years Ontario Canadian ArmyJohn Anderson[22]
16
Larry Murray
Vice-Admiral
Larry Murray
(born 1947)
199519971–2 years Ontario Royal Canadian NavyJohn de Chastelain[23]
17
Gary Garnett
Vice-Admiral
Gary Garnett
199720013–4 years British Columbia Royal Canadian NavyMaurice Baril[24]
18
George MacDonald
Lieutenant-General
George MacDonald
200120042–3 years. Royal Canadian Air ForceRaymond Henault[25]
19
Ronald Buck
Vice-Admiral
Ronald Buck
200420061–2 years Quebec Royal Canadian NavyRaymond Henault[26]
20
Walter Natynczyk
Lieutenant-General
Walter Natynczyk
(born 1957)
28 June 200615 June 20081 years Manitoba Canadian ArmyRick Hillier[27]
21
Denis Rouleau
Vice-Admiral
Denis Rouleau
15 June 200825 July 20102 years Quebec Royal Canadian NavyRick Hillier[28]
22
Bruce Donaldson
Vice-Admiral
Bruce Donaldson
26 July 201011 September 20133 years. Royal Canadian NavyWalter Natynczyk[29]
23
Guy Thibault
Lieutenant-General
Guy Thibault
11 September 20135 August 20162 years Quebec Canadian ArmyThomas Lawson[30]
24
Mark Norman
Vice-Admiral
Mark Norman
(born 1964)
5 August 201613 January 20170 years Ontario Royal Canadian NavyJonathan Vance[31]
-
Ron Lloyd
Vice-Admiral
Ron Lloyd
(born 1963)
Acting
13 January 201730 May 2017137 days. Royal Canadian Navy..
-
Alain Parent
Lieutenant-General
Alain Parent
Acting
30 May 201716 July 20181 year, 47 days. Royal Canadian Air Force..
25
Paul Wynnyk
Lieutenant-General
Paul Wynnyk
(born 1964)
16 July 20189 July 2019358 days Alberta Canadian ArmyJonathan Vance[5]
26
Jean-Marc Lanthier
Lieutenant-General
Jean-Marc Lanthier
(born Unknown)
18 July 2019Incumbent0 yearsUnknown Canadian ArmyJonathan Vance[32]

References

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  2. ^ "National Defence Act". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
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  11. ^ a b DND Language Reform: Staffing the Bilingualism Programs 1967-1977
  12. ^ 427 Squadron Association
  13. ^ Admiral Robert Hilborn Falls CMM, CD
  14. ^ Ramsey Muir Withers
  15. ^ Gérard-Charles-Édouard Thériault The Canadian Encyclopedia
  16. ^ Vice-Admiral Daniel Nicholas Mainguy, CMM, CD, RCN (Retd)
  17. ^ Lieutenant-General J.E. "Jack" Vance, CMM, CD (Ret'd) Passes Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Royal Canadian Regiment
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  19. ^ Charles Thomas The Nauticapedia
  20. ^ 8 Wing / CFB Trenton to host leadership seminar The Contact, March 27, 2009
  21. ^ John Rogers Anderson The Nauticapedia
  22. ^ Patrick O'Donnell CFN Consultants
  23. ^ Parliament of Canada Evidence, October 29, 1996
  24. ^ Vice Admiral (Retired) Gary L. Garnett, CMM CD Senate Committee for National Security and Defence
  25. ^ George MacDonald CFN Consultants
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  27. ^ "Walter Natynczyk". NATO. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  28. ^ Rear-Admiral Denis Rouleau is Announced as Next Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces
  29. ^ Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson Assumes Role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
  30. ^ Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault assumes role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Tasker, John Paul (19 January 2016). "Top ranks of Canadian Forces get shake-up with new army, navy commanders". CBC News. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  32. ^ "Lt.-Gen. Lanthier named as new vice chief, more generals promoted". Ottawa Citizen. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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