Jennie Carignan

Jennie Carignan

AllegianceCanada Canada
Service/branch Canadian Armed Forces
Years of service1986–present
RankBrigadier general
Commands heldChief of Staff of Army Operations (2016–present)

Jennie Carignan OMM MSM CD is a brigadier-general in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Early life, education, and family

Jennie Carignan grew up in Asbestos, Quebec, in a French-speaking household. Growing up the only career that she considered aside from the military was dancing as she had learnt ballet, lyrical and jazz dancing since the age of eight.[1] Carignan joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1986 and studied for a degree in fuels and materials engineering from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. She received a commission in 1990 and served at the Canadian Forces Bases of Chilliwack and Valcartier.[2] Carignan married Eric Lefrançois in 1990, having met while in the same platoon at military college and taking ballroom dance classes together whilst there.[1] He later retired from the army to look after their four children.[1] Two of their children (a son and a daughter) are also serving in the CAF.[2]

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