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General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC, CD

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General Jonathan Vance is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College and has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1982, and was commissioned as an infantry officer into the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1986, following his graduation from Royal Roads Military College. General Vance has served with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment, and has commanded at all levels within the field force from platoon commander to brigade commander and as Joint Task Force Commander.

Most notably, 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. He recently 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, and in July 2015, he was appointed as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces.

General Vance’s professional military education includes:

  • 2010: Coalition Forces Land Component Command Course
  • 2004: Advanced Military Studies Course
  • 1997: Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course
  • 1994: Canadian Army Staff College
  • 1993: UK Combined Arms Tactics Course
  • 1990: Canadian Forces Staff School

General Vance’s civilian education includes:

  • 2004: Master of Arts in War Studies, Royal Military College
  • 1986: Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies, Royal Roads Military College

General Vance’s honours, awards and decorations include:

  • 2015: Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
  • 2015: Commander, Order of Military Merit (CMM) – Announced in 2013
  • 2015: Canadian Decoration 2 (CD) – Eligible in 2014
  • 2011: The Vimy Award
  • 2010: Meritorious Service Cross with Bar (MSC)
  • 2009: Meritorious Service Cross (MSC)
  • 2008: Order of Military Merit (OMM)
  • 2004: Canadian Decoration 1 (CD)
  • 1994: Canadian Decoration (CD)

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, General Jonathan Vance is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.