Episode 021 LGen Marquis Hainse

Lieutenant-General Hainse joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 and studied at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He was commissioned as an officer in August 1980 and then joined the Royal 22e Régiment.

His operational postings began in 1980 with the 2nd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment in Quebec City. He served on five operational missions abroad and participated in two domestic operations, namely Oka and the 1998 ice storm. He also held diverse command appointments at every rank level. In 1996, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion Royal 22e Régiment in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In April 2002, he served as Commander of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Task Force and on 2 September 2004, he became the 21st commander of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. In 2007, he served in Southern Afghanistan as Deputy Commander Regional Command South (a NATO British led multinational Division). He assumed Command of Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre in May 2008.

Lieutenant-General Hainse also filled many staff positions. At National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, he was a staff officer for the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and aide-de-camp to the Chief of the Defence Staff. In the summer of 2001, he held the position of Chief of Staff of Land Force Quebec Area. He was transferred back to NDHQ as J3 International in the fall of 2002. In July 2006, he was appointed Chief of Staff of Canada Command in Ottawa. In August 2010, he was appointed as Chief of Programme at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

He was involved in training and education on three different occasions: in 1984 at the Infantry School in Gagetown, in 1994 at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, as Director of Cadets, and in 2008 as Commander of Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, where he oversaw all aspects of training of the Canadian Army.

Lieutenant-General Hainse has pursued professional development at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Kingston and at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. On completion of Battalion Command in 1999, he undertook a master’s program at the École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) in Quebec City. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and an advanced graduate diploma (DESS) in International Management Studies.

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Col Hainse addresses the troops of 5CMBG in Valcartier, Quebec.


Col Hainse on parade with his Brigade.


LGen Hainse accepts command of the Canadian Army from LGen Devlin in the presence of the CDS, Gen Lawson in July of 2013.

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LGen Hainse refreshes some core capabilities; C-9 Light Machine-Gun handling and Parachuting.


LGen Hainse inspects the graduates at 5th Canadian Division Training Centre.


LGen Hainse visits soldiers on exercise in Wainwright and Edmonton in November, 2013.


LGen Hainse welcomes home troops from disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in December 2013.


The Commander of the Canadian Army addressing a dinner.

Images courtesy of the Canadian Army Public Affaires Branch.

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