41 Canadian Brigade Group

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41 Canadian Brigade Group is an Army Reserve Formation of 3rd Canadian Division and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Most of the present day 41 CBG soldiers serve part-time, while maintaining full-time jobs, studies and families. They are also dedicated, professional soldiers who continue to proudly serve Canada when needed to augment the Regular Force on deployed missions internationally, in NATO and United Nations missions. As well, they serve local Canadian communities in domestic operations like the British Columbia forest fires.

Made up of nine units and a brigade headquarters, 41 CBG has about 1200 Reserve soldiers in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife, NWT. These units represent all the major roles and trades in the Canadian Army.

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Command Team

  • Commander - Colonel Eppo van Weelderen
  • Deputy Comander - Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Vernon
  • Brigade Sergeant Major - Chief Warrant Officer M.B. Talty

History

As Canada expanded into the West, and with the establishment of its new provinces, the need for a military presence and a command structure became apparent. In 1905, Military District No.13 was established with its headquarters in Calgary. This system remained in place until 1947. In December of 1941, because of Japan's entry into the Second World War, it was decided to organize a number of brigades for the defence of Canada. In February 1942, one brigade was organized for each of the eleven Military Districts. In Alberta, it was 41st (Reserve) Brigade Group in Calgary. The wartime reserve brigades were allotted full-time commanders and their staff. Soldiers in these brigades were not eligible for service with the Active Force. This included persons between ages 17 and 19 and over age 35, those with a lower medical category and members of the Canadian Officers Training Corps until graduation. These brigades were stood down in 1945.

After the Second World War, the area command structure changed several times, while in Alberta the Militia was commanded from various militia district structures, until the Alberta Militia District was reformed into 41 Canadian Brigade Group on April 1, 1997. Its headquarters took over the Brigadier-General Stan Waters Building, formerly the 1 PPCLI headquarters building at CFB Calgary, after the departure of the Regular Forces to Edmonton. The units of 41 CBG have proud and varied histories, with many soldiers serving with distinction in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Notably, this includes more than six Victoria Crosses won by soldiers in the brigades' units. Our more recent international assignments and missions include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

Contact Us

41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
4225 Crowchild Trail
Calgary, Alberta T3E 7H3

Phone: 403-410-2320
Fax: 403-410-2321

Presentation

The bond between the Netherlands and Canada continues. A liberation bell was given to the South Alberta Light Horse in Edmonton. - Shaw TV Video  (English only)

News

Lieutenant Mike Bittman

Ready, Aim, Fire: From NCM to FOO at 20th Independent

As for his own direction, Lt Bittman is eager to see where he ends up. After a whirlwind progression through the ranks, he is open to whatever new opportunity comes his way.
February 6, 2017

Captain Pascoe

Working part-time in the Reserve Force

Unlike the Regular Force, however, there is no set minimum amount of years that Reservists must serve. They have the option of working part-time as well.
January 31, 2017

Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training

Road to Mental Readiness Training for the Influence Activities Company

41 Canadian Brigade Group Influence Activities Company conducted a two-day Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training.
January 10, 2017

Private Moore

A lesser-known trade: a signaler’s story

Originally from Scotland, Pte Moore became a Canadian citizen in 2011 and decided that joining the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a Reservist was a way he could give back to the country.
January 9, 2017

soldiers fire 10 Bangalore torpedoes to clear a wire obstacle

41 CER Soldiers Showcase Demolition Skills During Ex ROARING SAPPER

Realistic, progressive training was the focus for 41 Combat Engineer Regiment (41 CER) as soldiers from Edmonton and Calgary deployed to the Wainwright Training Area for Exercise  ROARING SAPPER.
January 6, 2017

ring the replica of the Bell of the Liberation Monument

Dutch Presentation Honours Local Reserve Unit’s Role in the Liberation of Holland

Members of Edmonton’s Dutch Community gathered at the Dutch Canadian Centre on September 21, 2016 to witness a presentation commemorating the South Alberta Light Horse’s (SALH’s), role in the liberation of Holland in 1944 during the Second World War.
November 24, 2016

Sgt Barnard

EMT and Reservist: Two challenging jobs

 “I had no idea the Reserves was something I wanted,” says Sgt. Barnard.   “For me, it was just a quick challenge that I wanted to overcome to see if I could do it or not. I didn’t anticipate that at the end of it, I would have such a strong bond with everybody I worked .
November 21, 2016

Brigadier-General Hetherington

Brigadier-General Hetherington hits the ground running

Brigadier-General Simon C. Hetherington is eager to hit the ground running in his new role at 3rd Canadian Division.
November 3, 2016

Officer Cadet Maria Cappis

Movie outing inspires one woman to join the Reserves

After fifteen years, Officer Cadet Maria Cappis keeps finding new reasons to love her job with the Army Reserves in Red Deer, Alberta.
November 1, 2016

41 CBG IA Coy Area Assessments Training in Grande Prairie

The 41 Canadian Brigade Group Influence Activities Company  was proud to made its first foray into domestic operations between January 8th and 10th 2016 in Grande Prairie, Alberta to gather the data necessary to complete a Civil-Military  Area Assessment of the city and its environs.
August 11, 2016

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