Brigadier-General Gervais Carpentier enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a student at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1992. He started his career with the Royal 22e Régiment in Valcartier, Québec, and then continued as an instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, NB. He has held a number of command positions, including Officer in Command of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Company, Officer in Command of a Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Assault Squadron, Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment, and Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.
Over the course of his career, Brigadier-General Carpentier has held various staff positions, including Chief of Staff of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Valcartier, Project Director with CANSOFCOM's Operational Requirements Directorate in Ottawa and Military Assistant to the Deputy Commander of NATO's Joint Force Command Naples in Italy.
Brigadier-General Carpentier has a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has also completed the Joint Command and Staff Program and the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He has participated in expeditionary missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Haiti and two missions in Afghanistan.
He was promoted to his current rank in August 2019 and was appointed Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East). In the Spring of 2020, at the height of the first pandemic wave, he led a Canadian Armed Forces assistance mission in the province of Quebec, where more than 1500 men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces provided assistance in 47 Long term care facilities in the Montreal area, and where 200 Canadian Rangers assisted in 26 Northern communities.
Since July 2021, he is serving as Commander Formation Europe and National Military Representative to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) for NATO in Mons, Belgium. Brigadier-General Carpentier and his wife are the proud parents of two children.
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