Brigadier-General M.A.J. Carignan, OMM, MSM, CD

Brigadier-General J Carignan

Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East

Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1986. She obtained a degree in Fuels and Materials Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1990.

Brigadier-General Carignan’s command appointments include Commanding Officer of 5 Combat Engineer Regiment and Commanding Officer of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment. In July 2013, she was appointed as the Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

Serving in a variety of staff assignments over the course of her career, Brigadier-General Carignan held the position of Chief Engineer for the Multinational Division South-West in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and was an instructor at the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College. More recently, she held the positions of Chief of Staff at the 4th Canadian Division and Chief of Staff of Army Operations at the Canadian Army Headquarters.  Her overseas assignments include deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, and Afghanistan.

Brigadier-General Carignan is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies, where she earned a master's degree in Military Arts and Science. In 2016, she graduated from the National Security Studies Programme and was awarded the Generalissimo José-Maria Morelos Award as the top military graduate of the course. As well, she was selected by her peers as having demonstrated exemplary officership qualities and contributed the most to the overall success of the course, and was thus awarded the Kanwal Sethi Inukshuk award.

Brigadier-General Carignan holds a master’s degree in business administration from Université Laval. She is the recipient of the Order of Military Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. She has also received the Major-General Hans Schlup Award for excellence in international relations as well as being ranked amongst Canada's 2011 top 100 most powerful women. Brigadier-General Carignan recently received the prestigious medal Gloire de l'Escolle which recognizes graduates from Université Laval who have distinguished themselves professionally and in service to their communities.

Brigadier-General Carignan was promoted to her current rank in June 2016 and assumed command of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Forces East on 28 June 2018.

Married to Eric Lefrançois, Jennie is the mother of four children. 

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