39 Canadian Brigade Group

Unit Information

38 Canadian Brigade Group Badge

Splendour without diminishment” 

The Canadian Army in British Columbia

39 Canadian Brigade Group is the Canadian Army representative in British Columbia. The Brigade is a force generator that recruits, trains, and retains reserve soldiers and leaders in support to Canadian Armed Forces assistance in domestic emergencies and expeditionary operations when required.

39 Canadian Brigade Group is a reserve brigade formation within 3rd Canadian Division (Western Canada), and supports the efforts of Joint Task Force Pacific (in British Columbia) during times of domestic emergencies such as forest fires and flood watch. During expeditionary operations, 39 Canadian  Brigade Group provides individual augmentation to regular force battle groups.

There are approximately 1,508 fulltime and part-time reserve soldiers serving within 39 Canadian Brigade Group in four geographical regions in British Columbia; Lower Mainland (Greater Vancouver), the Fraser Valley Regional Area, the Interior and Cariboo regions, and Vancouver Island (from Victoria to the Cowichan Valley).

The majority of serving members have civilian jobs or attend university and work part-time for the army reserve. 39 Canadian Brigade Group is committed to the safety and security of Canadians, and is ready to provide support to Canadian Armed Forces assistance during domestic emergencies and expeditionary operations when required.


39 Canadian Brigade Group maintains reserve Combat Arms, Combat Engineer, and Combat Service Support capabilities.  The 39 Canadian Brigade Group units are:


39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters – Vancouver, BC

Armoured Reconnaissance

The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) – Vancouver, BC

The British Columbia Dragoons - Kelowna and Vernon, BC


 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA - Victoria and Nanaimo, BC

15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA  – Vancouver, BC  


39 Combat Engineer Regiment - North Vancouver, Chilliwack, and Trail, BC


39 Signal Regiment - Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, BC


The Rocky Mountain Rangers - Kamloops and Prince George, BC  

The Royal Westminster Regiment - New Westminster and Chilliwack, BC     

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada - Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) - Victoria, Nanaimo, and Comox, BC

Service Support

39 Service Battalion  - Richmond, Victoria, and Chilliwack, BC

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 Command Team

Colonel David Awalt


Colonel David Awalt

Chief Warrant Officer Sean D. Parker, CD


Brigade Sergeant Major
Chief Warrant Officer Sean D. Parker, CD

Operational Augmentee Support 

  • 2006-2013 - Operations in Afghanistan, 449 soldiers
  • 2010 - Assistance to security efforts during the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, 157 soldiers
  • 2003 - Assistance to the Kelowna forest fires, approximately 300 soldiers
  • 1997 - Assistance to the Winnipeg Floods, approximately 200 soldiers


39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
4050 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6R 1P6

Phone: (604) 225-2520

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