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

Brigadier-General Carignan

Chief of Staff Army Operations

Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces 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.

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

Serving in a variety of staff assignments over the course of her career, BGen 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. In June 2011, she became the Chief of Staff of Land Force Central Area/Joint Task Force Central (now 4th Canadian Division).

BGen Carignan’s overseas assignments include deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, and Kandahar, Afghanistan.

BGen 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. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Université Laval. In December 2011, BGen Carignan was presented the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada. 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. BGen 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.

BGen Carignan was promoted to her current rank in June 2016 and is currently the Chief of Staff of Army Operations at the Canadian Army Headquarters.

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