Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Vice-Chef D’État-Major de la Défense
Badge of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Her Majesty's Canadian Forces
Type Commissioned officer
Status Currently constituted
Abbreviation VCDS
Reports to Chief of the Defence Staff
Deputy DG Executive Coordination
Chief of Staff VCDS

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 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 Chief of Staff of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, 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-Admiral (VAdm) 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, VAdm Ron Lloyd was appointed the duties of VCDS on an acting basis and 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]

Vice Chiefs of the Defence Staff

Name Rank Year Home Province Appointed by Notes
Geoffrey Walsh Lieutenant-General 1964 - 1965 ON Frank Miller [6]
Robert Moncel Lieutenant-General 1965 - 1966 QC Frank Miller [7]
Frederick Sharp Lieutenant-General 1966 - 1969 SK Jean Allard [8]
Michael Dare Lieutenant-General 1969 - 1972 QC Frederick Sharp [8]
Chester Hull Lieutenant-General 1972 - 1974 ON Jacques Dextraze [9]
Robert Falls Vice-Admiral 1974 - 1977 ON Jacques Dextraze [10]
Ramsey Withers Lieutenant-General 1977 - 1980 ON Robert Falls [11]
Gérard Thériault Lieutenant-General 1980 - 1983 QC Ramsey Withers [12]
Daniel Mainguy Vice-Admiral 1983 - 1985 BC Gérard Thériault [13]
Jack Vance Lieutenant-General 1985 - 1988 ON Gérard Thériault [14]
John de Chastelain Lieutenant-General 1988 - 1989 ROM Paul Manson [15]
Charles Thomas Vice-Admiral 1989 - 1991 BC John de Chastelain [16]
Fred Sutherland Lieutenant-General 1991 - 1992 NS John de Chastelain [17]
John Anderson Vice-Admiral 1992 - 1993 BC John de Chastelain [18]
Patrick O'Donnell Lieutenant-General 1993 - 1995 ON John Anderson [19]
Larry Murray Vice-Admiral 1995 - 1997 ON John de Chastelain [20]
Gary Garnett Vice-Admiral 1997 - 2001 BC Maurice Baril [21]
George MacDonald Lieutenant-General 2001 - 2004 Raymond Henault [22]
Ronald Buck Vice-Admiral 2004 - 2006 QC Raymond Henault [23]
Walter Natynczyk Lieutenant-General 2006 - 2008 MB Rick Hillier [24]
Denis Rouleau Vice-Admiral 2008 - 2010 QC Rick Hillier [25]
Bruce Donaldson Vice-Admiral 2010 - 2013 Walter Natynczyk [26]
Guy Thibault Lieutenant-General 2013 - 2016 QC Thomas Lawson [27]
Mark Norman Vice-Admiral 2016 - 2018 ON Jonathan Vance [28]
Paul Wynnyk Lieutenant-General 2018 - present AB Jonathan Vance [5]

References

  1. "VCDS - Organization". Vcds.forces.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  2. "National Defence Act". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  3. "Updated – Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Mark Norman removed from command". Ottawa Citizen. 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  4. Defence, Government of Canada, National. "National Defence | Canadian Armed Forces | Article | New A/VCDS to assume position May 30". www.forces.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  5. 1 2 "New Commander for the Canadian Army: changes in the Canadian army command". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  6. "Army cadet league" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  7. Robert Moncel Generals.dk
  8. 1 2 DND Language Reform: Staffing the Bilingualism Programs 1967-1977
  9. 427 Squadron Association
  10. Admiral Robert Hilborn Falls CMM, CD
  11. Ramsey Muir Withers
  12. Gérard-Charles-Édouard Thériault The Canadian Encyclopedia
  13. Vice-Admiral Daniel Nicholas Mainguy, CMM, CD, RCN (Retd)
  14. Lieutenant-General J.E. "Jack" Vance, CMM, CD (Ret'd) Passes Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Royal Canadian Regiment
  15. General John De Chastelain, OC, CMM, CD, CH, LL.D., BA Army Cadet History
  16. Charles Thomas The Nauticapedia
  17. 8 Wing / CFB Trenton to host leadership seminar The Contact, March 27, 2009
  18. John Rogers Anderson The Nauticapedia
  19. Patrick O'Donnell CFN Consultants
  20. Parliament of Canada Evidence, October 29, 1996
  21. Vice Admiral (Retired) Gary L. Garnett, CMM CD Senate Committee for National Security and Defence
  22. George MacDonald CFN Consultants
  23. "Ron Buck, CMM, CD" (PDF). Navy League of Canada. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  24. "Walter Natynczyk". NATO. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  25. Rear-Admiral Denis Rouleau is Announced as Next Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces
  26. Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson Assumes Role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
  27. Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault assumes role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. 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.
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