RMC Commandant and Vice-Chancellor
Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard, OMM, MSM, CD
Born in Lac St-Jean, Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1988. He began his studies at the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He also graduated from the Canadian Forces College – National Security Program, and holds a Master’s degree in Defense Studies.
He was deployed to Bosnia for Op Alliance from 1996 to 1997 and on Op Palladium from 1999 to 2000. In addition, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the National Support Element (NSE) for Op Athena, and deployed to Afghanistan, from November 2010 to July 2011. For this deployment, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
He then held several positions in Ottawa; Staff Officer at the Directorate Land Equipment Program Staff (DLEPS) at the Director General Land Equipment Program Management (DGLEPM) where he coordinated equipment management support for OP ATHENA. Subsequently, he was the Equipment Management Team Leader at the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). He then returned to DGLEPM as project manager for the small arms modernization project. In 2012, was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Strategic) at the Canadian Joint Operations Command. Afterwards, was appointed Director Armament Sustainment Program Management (DASPM) where he managed the strategic support to all army track vehicles and the artillery guns. During that time, he was nominated Director of the Corps of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (DRCEME).
In July 2015, Brigadier-General Bouchard was appointed Commanding Officer of the Second Canadian Division Support Group in Montreal. He was Head of 2,000 military and civilian employees, supported 141 units in 36 municipalities and 18,000 National Defence personnel in the province of Quebec. His mandate was to generate, employ and support joint forces in operations in Canada and abroad, as well as providing institutional support to the units. In December 2016, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Military Merit.
Promoted to his current rank on 30 June 2017, Brigadier-General Bouchard was appointed Commandant and Vice-Chancellor of RMC, on 14 July 2017.
Brigadier-General Bouchard is married to Major (Retired) Karine Chayer, they have four children; Maxym, Pier-Alex, Roxanne and Maud. As of July 2018, three of their children will be attending Military Colleges as future officers in the CAF.