Lieutenant-General M.A.J. Carignan, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD
Lieutenant-General Carignan is the Chief of Professional Conduct and Culture for the Canadian Armed Forces, a new organization working to combat systemic misconduct in Canada’s Defence Team. Her goal is to strengthen professionalism to create a healthy, safe, and inclusive organizational culture by addressing racism and discriminatory behaviours, sexual misconduct, toxic competitiveness, and abuse of authority in order to strengthen the Defence Team and enhance the operational effectiveness of Canada’s military forces.
A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in Engineering, Lieutenant-General Carignan was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1990. She commanded two Combat Engineer regiments, the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, and the 2nd Canadian Division, where she led more than 10,000 soldiers. She also led NATO Mission Iraq from November 2019 to November 2020 and participated in operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, and Afghanistan.
She earned a MBA from Université Laval and a second Master’s degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. She is a graduate of the National Security Studies Programme from the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
She has been invested as Commander of the Order of Military Merit and is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal. She received the prestigious Gloire de l’Escolle medal which recognizes graduates from Université Laval who have distinguished themselves professionally and in service to their communities. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Université Laval.
Married, Lieutenant-General Carignan is the mother of four children.