New army and navy commanders appointed

Chief of Defence Staff Ge. Jonathan Vance

The army and navy are getting two new commanders due to a top level shake up of the Canadian Forces.

The new appointments are the result of promotions and departures of seven senior officer what will occur in 2016, according to Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff.

Under the changes, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, current commander of the navy, takes over the job of the vice chief of the defence staff at the National Defence headquarters in Ottawa. He will be the second in command of the Canadian Forces.

Vice Admiral Mark Norman
Vice Admiral Mark Norman

Norman is replacing Lt. Gen. Guy Thibault, who is retiring from the position.

Rear-Admiral Ron Lloyd, current chief of staff of development, will take over Norman’s post as commander of the Navy.

Lt. Gen. Marquis Hainse, the commander of the army, will be replaced by Maj. Gen Paul Wynnyk, who will be leaving his post as chief of defence intelligence. Wynnik is also being promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.

Hainse will be serving as the Canadian military representative to the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

“I offer my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those completing their honourable and selfless service to Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces,” the chief of the defence staff said in a statement. “Your leadership, dedication and decades of hard work have had a meaningful impact on both the organizations and those with who you served.”

Maj. Gen. Paul Wynnyk


Promotions and appointments resulting from retirements are as follows:

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

After distinguished service to Canada and the CAF, the following General and Flag Officers will retire in 2016:

“I also extend my congratulations to those taking on new appointments and responsibilities,” Vance said. “I have the utmost confidence that you will continue to serve and lead beyond expectation in your new positions.”


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