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Jonathan Vance

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

General Jonathan Holbert "Jon" Vance CMM MSC CD[1] (born January 3, 1964)[2] is a Canadian Army general who serves as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Military career

Vance (right) and Hulusi Akar (left), Chief of the Defense Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, at the Halifax International Security Forum in 2017
Vance (right) and Hulusi Akar (left), Chief of the Defense Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, at the Halifax International Security Forum in 2017

Born in Kingston, Ontario,[3] Vance joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and was commissioned as an infantry officer upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College in 1986.[4][5] He served as deputy commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and Commander of the Canadian Task Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.[6][7] He went on to be Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014 and Chief of Defence Staff on July 17, 2015.[6]

Vance holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College, and a Master of Arts degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.[8]

On July 23, 2020, Vance announced his intention to retire as Chief of Defence Staff after 5 years in office, and will serve until his replacement is named. Despite being a potential candidate for an upcoming vacancy as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the federal government announced its intention not to pursue the competition.[9]


His father, Jack Vance, was a Canadian Lieutenant-General who had been the Vice Chief of Defence Staff in 1985.[10]

Honours and decorations

Vance has received the following orders and decorations during his military career:

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CAN Meritorious Service Cross with bar.png
CAN General Campaign Star SWA two bars (390 days).png

Special Service Medal Ribbon.png
CPSM Ribbon.png

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
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Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg
LVA Order of Viesturs (swords).png
Star of Romania Ribbon.PNG

Honours and decorations
Ribbon Description Notes
CAN Order of Military Merit Commander and Officer.png
Order of Military Merit (CMM)
  • Commander 26 September 2013
  • Officer 28 November 2008 [11]
  • [12]
CAN Meritorious Service Cross with bar.png
Meritorious Service Cross (MSC)
  • With Bar
  • December 13, 2011
  • [13]
CAN General Campaign Star SWA two bars (390 days).png
General Campaign Star
  • Southwest Asia
  • With two rotation bars
Special Service Medal Ribbon.png
Special Service Medal
  • With "NATO" Bar
CPSM Ribbon.png
Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [15]
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [16]
CD-ribbon and 2 bars.png
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
  • With 2 Clasps
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg
Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour
LVA Order of Viesturs (swords).png
Order of Viesturs, First Class
  • Foreign honour from the Republic of Latvia
  • Filed with the Canada Gazette on 29 September 2018 [18]
Star of Romania Ribbon.PNG
Commander of the National Order of the Star of Romania


  1. ^ Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall Marketwire (December 9, 2011).
  2. ^ "General Jonathan Vance". NATO. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chief of Defence Staff". Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Lee Berthiaume. "All eyes on new commander as military faces significant challenges". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance appointed next chief of defence staff". April 27, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Afghan vet Jonathan Vance eyed for top general post". April 2, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Gen. Jonathan Vance becomes chief of defence staff, vows to tackle harassment". July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chief of the Defence Staff". Government of Canada. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Brewester, Murray (July 23, 2020). "Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, announces retirement". CBC News. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  10. ^ "Jonathan Vance: 6 Facts About Canada's Next Defence Chief". Huffington Post. April 27, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Canada Gazette" (PDF). June 13, 2009.
  12. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "Mention in Dispatches". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  16. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  17. ^ "Awards to Canadians". Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Government of Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada (September 29, 2018). "Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 152, Number 39: GOVERNMENT HOUSE".
  19. ^ "Awards to Canadians". Retrieved January 11, 2020.

External links

Media related to Jonathan Vance at Wikimedia Commons

Military offices
Preceded by
Tom Lawson
Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Stuart Beare
Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command
September 2014 – June 2015
Succeeded by
Stephen Bowes
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