Lieutenant-General C.A. Lamarre Commander, Military Personnel Command

Lieutenant-General Lamarre joined the Canadian Forces from Calgary, AB, in June 1981. During his career, he has commanded at the Platoon, Company, Battalion and Formation level. He has also served as a G4, the officer within a Headquarters responsible for logistics, at the District, Brigade, Division levels and at the Canadian Army. His most recent operational tour was as Commander, Mission Transition Task Force, as part of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan. The Task Force was responsible for enabling the transition to Canada's Training Mission in Kabul, and the closure of OPERATION ATHENA, Canada's extensive commitment in Southern Afghanistan. Other operational tours include Croatia and Bosnia, and Afghanistan.

After serving as Director General Operations at the Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, he was promoted to the rank of Major-General in May 2014, and appointed Deputy Commander (Expeditionary Operations) at the Canadian Joint Operations Command.  In June 2015, he was appointed Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff.  In March 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and designated as the Commander, Military Personnel Command.

Lieutenant-General Lamarre is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston, the Command and Staff College Toronto, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defence University (NDU), Washington, D.C. He earned a Masters of Defence Studies (RMC) and a Masters of Science in National Resource Management (NDU).

Keynote and Featured Speakers

The Honorable Seamus O'Regan

Minister of Veterans Affairs & Associate Minister of National Defence

Lieutenant-General C.A. Lamarre

Commander, Military Personnel Command

Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honorable Roméo Dallaire

Founder, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Air Commodore Rich Withnall

Medical Director, UK Defence Medical Services

Warrant Officer (WO) Mark Jones

Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force

Dr. Marc Fortin

Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology) of the Department of National Defence

Dr. Christian Kastrup

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia and 2016 Banting Award Winner

John W. Boerstler

Executive Director, NextOp and a Marshall Fellow