Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault is the new Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS). He took over the challenging role from Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, who is retiring. The appointment marks a highlight for Thibault, who brings extensive operational and leadership experience learned over his 35 year career.

“I am incredibly honoured and humbled by the trust and confidence being placed in me by the departmental senior leadership to serve as the next Vice Chief of the Defence Staff,” he said. “I am excited to be re-joining our outstanding defence leadership team and will endeavour to serve the Chief of the Defence Staff and Deputy Minister to the very best of my ability in advancing our Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces strategic agenda in this time of significant changes, challenges and opportunities.”