Brigadier-General J.J.M.J Paul, MSC, CD

Brigadier-General Paul

Commander 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central

Brigadier-General Jocelyn (Joe) Paul was born and raised in the First Nations’ community of Wendake, Quebec, and is a member of the Huron-Wendat First Nation. He enrolled as a reservist in the Régiment du Saguenay in 1988 and later joined the Régiment de Maisonneuve.

Before enrolling in the Regular Force, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (1988) and a Master’s in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal (1991).

After working as a lecturer at the CÉGEP and university levels, he decided to join the Regular Force in 1991 and was assigned to 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment. He deployed to Croatia in 1993 as a platoon commander with 1st Battalion Royal 22e Régiment.

After serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General of Canada from 1995 to 1997, he was once again assigned to 1st Battalion Royal 22e Régiment. From 1997 to 2003, BGen Paul held numerous positions such as C Company Commander, Administration Company Commander and, lastly, Deputy Commander of the Battalion.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in summer 2005, he worked at the Army G3 cell until 2008. On 20 June 2008, he assumed command of 2nd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment and of the Citadel in Québec City. He then had the privilege of commanding the 2nd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group (TF 1-09), which was deployed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from April to October 2009. Promoted to the rank of Colonel in June 2010, he took command of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force until July 2011. He was Commander of the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, Wainwright, Alberta, between July 2012 and February 2014. Following his promotion to the rank of Brigadier-General, he assumed command of Task Force Jerusalem (Operation PROTEUS) in February 2014.

Upon return to Canada in July 2015, he was seconded for two years to the Privy Council Office where he worked as a Director of Operations in the National Security and Intelligence Advisor office. In August 2017, he assumed the Chief of Staff (COS), Canadian Forces Intelligence Command position.

BGen Paul assumed command of 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central on June 23, 2018.

BGen Paul was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for the performance of his unit in Kandahar in 2009. He is a graduate from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Command and Staff College, the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting and the National Security Program of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

A dedicated hunter and fisherman, he likes to roam in the Canadian wilderness. He also enjoys playing hockey and golf occasionally, even though he has absolutely no talent for either sport.

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