National Defence

Canadian Forces

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Mandate

The mission of the Canadian Forces is to
  • protect Canada,
  • defend North America in co operation with the U.S., and
  • contribute to international peace and security.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

National Defence Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/N-5/page-2.html#h-7

The Judge Advocate General is appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure for a term not exceeding four years and is eligible to be reappointed on the expiry of a first or subsequent term of office. The Judge Advocate General must be a barrister or advocate with at least ten years standing at the bar of a province. The Judge Advocate General holds a rank that is not less than brigadier-general.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Judge Advocate General
Bernatchez, Geneviève
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
Salary equal to a judge of the Federal Court of Canada.
2017-06-28
2021-06-27

Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Remuneration

Chairperson

  • Approved by GiC: Position;
    per diem ($1,400 - $1,600)

Members

  • Approved by GiC: Position;
    per diem ($1,200 - $1,400)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
Murray, Larry E.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2015-07-24
2019-07-23
Members
Gagné, Martin
Laval, Quebec
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2015-05-29
2019-05-28
Jolicoeur, Renée
Ottawa, Ontario
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2015-05-29
2018-05-28
Lagassé, Philippe
Ottawa, Ontario
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2015-05-29
2018-05-28
1 Vacant Position
Total vacancies: 1

Military Grievances External Review Committee

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Mandate

The Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC), formerly the Canadian Forces Grievance Board (CFGB), reviews military grievances and provides findings and recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Canadian Forces member who submitted the grievance. The Committee is an administrative tribunal independent from the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence and, as such, plays a unique role within the military grievance process.

Appointment Provisions

National Defence Act

The Military Grievances External Review Committee consists of a Chairperson, at least two Vice-Chairpersons and any other members appointed by the Governor in Council that are required to allow it to perform its functions.

The Chairperson and one Vice-Chairperson are each full-time members and the other members may be appointed as full-time or part-time members.

Each member holds office during good behaviour for a term not exceeding four years but may be removed by the Governor in Council for cause.

A member is eligible to be re-appointed on the expiry of a first or subsequent term of office.

Full-time members shall devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties under this Act.

Part-time members may not accept or hold any office or employment during their term of office that is inconsistent with their duties under this Act.

The Chairperson is the chief executive officer of the Grievances Committee and has supervision over and direction of its work and staff.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson or if that office is vacant, the Minister may authorize a Vice-Chairperson to exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

The Chairperson may delegate to a Vice-Chairperson any of the Chairperson’s powers, duties or functions under this Act, except the power to delegate under this subsection and the duty to submit an annual report.

Members who are not officers or non-commissioned members are entitled to be paid for their services the remuneration and allowances fixed by the Governor in Council.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Interim Chairperson
Maynard, Caroline
Ottawa, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2017-01-04
2018-01-03
Vice-Chairperson (Full-time)
1 Vacant Position
Vice-Chairperson
1 Vacant Position
Total vacancies: 2

Military Judges Compensation Committee

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Mandate

The Military Judges Compensation Committee has a mandate to inquire into the adequacy of the remuneration of military judges, taking into account the prevailing economic conditions in Canada, including the cost of living and the overall economic and current financial position of the federal government; the role of financial security of military judges in ensuring judicial independence; the need to attract outstanding officers as military judges; and any other objective criteria that the Committee considers relevant.

Appointment Provisions

National Defence Act

The Military Judges Compensation Committee shall commence an inquiry on September 1, 1999, and on every September 1 of every fourth year after 1999.

The Military Judges Compensation Committee consists of three part-time members appointed by the Governor in Council as follows:

  • one person nominated by the military judges;
  • one person nominated by the Minister; and
  • one person, who shall act as Chairperson, nominated by the members who are nominated by the military judges and by the Minister.

Each member holds office during good behaviour for a term of four years, and may be removed for cause at any time by the Governor in Council.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of a member, the Governor in Council may appoint as a substitute temporary member a person to hold office for the remainder of the term.

A member is eligible to be re-appointed for one further term if re-nominated.

Quorum

A quorum of the Committee consists of all three members.

The compensation committee shall commence an inquiry on September 1, 2015, and on September 1 of every fourth year after 2015, and shall submit a report containing its recommendations to the Minister within nine months after the day on which the inquiry commenced. The compensation committee may, with the consent of the Minister and the military judges, postpone the commencement of a quadrennial inquiry.

Remuneration

Chairperson

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($650 - $750)

Member (Nominated By The Military Judges)

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($600 - $700)

Member (Nominated By The Minister)

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($600 - $700)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
Baudouin, Jean-Louis
Montréal, Quebec
During Good Behaviour
2017-06-07
Member (Nominated by the military judges)
Bastarache, Michel
Ottawa, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2017-06-07
Member (Nominated by the Minister)
Lockyer, James Edward
Moncton, New Brunswick
During Good Behaviour
2017-06-07

Military Police Complaints Commission

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Appointment Provisions

National Defence Act

The Military Police Complaints Commission consists of a Chairperson and not more than four other members to be appointed by the GIC. Each member holds office during good behaviour for a term not exceeding five years but may be removed by the GIC for cause. A member is eligible to be re-appointed on the expiration of a first or subsequent term of office. Each member holds office as a full-time or a part-time member.

The Chairperson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Complaints Commission and has supervision over and direction of its work and staff.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Minister may authorize any member of the Complaints Commission to exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

Full-time members shall devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties under this Act. Part-time members may not accept or hold any office or employment during their term of office that is inconsistent with their duties under this Act.

An officer, a non-commissioned member or an employee of the Department is not eligible to be a member of the Complaints Commission.

Remuneration

Member

  • Fixed by GiC: Position;
    per diem ($540 - $635)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
McCormack, Hilary
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-10-05
2020-10-04
Members
DeSouza, Troy
Victoria, British Columbia
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-06-18
2019-06-18
Séguin, Joseph Donat Michel
Ottawa, Ontario
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2014-03-06
2018-03-05
2 Vacant Positions
Total vacancies: 2

Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Mandate

The mandate of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner is threefold:
  • to review the activities of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) for compliance with the law and to advise the Minister of National Defence and the Attorney General of Canada of any CSE activity that the Commissioner believes may not be in compliance with the law;
  • to receive complaints about the lawfulness of CSE activities; and
  • carrying out specific duties under the 'public interest defence' provisions of the Security of Information Act.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

National Defence Act

The Governor in Council may appoint a supernumerary judge or a retired judge of a superior court as Commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment to hold office during good behaviour, for a term of not more than five years.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Commissioner
Plouffe, Jean-Pierre
Gatineau, Quebec
During Good Behaviour
2013-10-18
2018-10-17

Office of the Ombudsperson for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Mandate

The Ombudsman investigates complaints and serves as a neutral third party on matters related to the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces (DND/CF). Acting independently of the chain of command and managers, he reports directly to the Minister of National Defence.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

Public Service Employment Act

The Ombudsperson is designated by the GIC on the recommendation of the Minister.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Ombudsperson
Walbourne, Gary
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2014-04-07
2019-04-06

Royal Military College of Canada

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of National Defence

Mandate

The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959 empowers the College to confer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering. RMC now offers a wide variety of programmes in these three areas, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels offered both on site through traditional studies and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies.

Head Office

Kingston, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

Public Service Employment Act

The Principal is designated by the GIC on the recommendation of the Minister of National Defence.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Principal
Kowal, Harry James
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2013-08-01
2018-07-31