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CIC Victoria: Peacekeeping in the Middle East

April 26, 2017 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm EDT

CIC_Victoria_logoAfter three years commanding the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) on the Sinai between Egypt and Israel, Major-General Denis Thompson hands over on 1 March to an Australian. He will present his thoughts about his time in the Middle East and peacekeeping in general.

Speaker’s Biography
Major-General Thompson entered le Collége Militaire Royal de St. Jean in 1979, graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston in 1984. As a junior officer he served with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Winnipeg, Cyprus and Germany and Joint Task Force 2 in Ottawa.

In 1995, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment as Officer Commanding G Company, leading them as part of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group on the initial NATO mission in Bosnia. In 2000, Major-General Thompson assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment returning to Bosnia in 2001 as the Battle Group Commander.

On leaving Regimental duty in 2002, he took up a post as a policy officer including a secondment to Foreign Affairs Canada. In 2006, Major-General Thompson was appointed Brigade Commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Petawawa until assuming command of Task Force Kandahar from May 2008 to February 2009. Afterwards, he served in a number of staff positions at National Defence Headquarters before being appointed Commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command in 2011.

On 3 March 2014, Major-General Thompson assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Desert of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

He is married to her Excellency Mme Isabelle Roy, Canada’s Ambassador to Algeria, and has two adult sons, Philip and Christopher.

Event Partner
Union Club of BC

Date and Time
Wednesday April 26, 2017
11:15am to 1:30pm

Union Club of BC
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 1Z6

CIC Member Price $30.00
CIC Student Member Price $10.00
CIC Young Professional Member Price $20.00
Non-Member Price $40.00
Non-Member Student Price $20.00

Event Contact
If you have any questions about this event please email info@thecic.org. Registration will commence two weeks prior to the event.


April 26, 2017
11:15 am - 1:30 pm EDT