Jennie Carignan

Jennie Carignan
Allegiance Canada Canada
Service/branch Canadian Armed Forces
Years of service 1986–present
Rank Brigadier general
Commands held Chief of Staff of Army Operations (2016–present)

Jennie Carignan 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 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 whilst 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 Canadian Armed Forces. [2]

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