Paul Wynnyk becomes Canada's Chief of Defense Intelligence

OTTAWA,July 7 (Xinhua) -- Major-General Paul Wynnyk assumed on Monday the role of Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) and Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI) from Major-General Christian Rousseau.

The change of command ceremony was held at the Cartier Drill Hall, attended by Canadian Deputy Minister of National Defense Richard B. Fadden and presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defense Staff.

"Major-General Wynnyk is a knowledgeable, experienced and outstanding leader who serves the Canadian Armed Forces with distinction. I am confident in his ability to build on what has already been accomplished and continue carrying CFINTCOM forward to face the challenges that the future will bring," said Lawson at the ceremony.

Wynnyk has brought over 30 years of extraordinary military experience to his new role. He has served as both the Operations Officer and Chief of Staff of Land Force Western Area, and has undertaken a number of positions at National Defense Headquarters. He is a former Senior Defense Advisor and Director of Operations for the Foreign and Defense Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, and most recently, he was the deputy commander of the Canadian Army.

CFINTCOM's mandate is to provide credible, reliable and sustained intelligence services to the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces in support of decision making and military operations.

The commander of CFINTCOM is also the chief of defense intelligence and the chief intelligence advisor to the senior leadership. He exerts functional authority over the other nine departmental organizations that deliver on the defense intelligence mandate for ensuring that all defense intelligence activities are well coordinated and compliant with existing policies and laws.