Major-General W.D. Eyre Deputy Commander, Military Personnel Command

MGen Eyre grew up on a farm near Wadena, SK, and spent his high school years in Medicine Hat, AB. He joined Army Cadets at 12 and has been in uniform ever since.

MGen Eyre attended Royal Roads Military College (RRMC), in Victoria, and Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), in Kingston. Upon commissioning in 1988 he joined Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and has had the great privilege of spending the majority of his career in command or deputy command positions, including commanding 3rd Battalion PPCLI, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, 3rd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force West, and as Deputy Commanding General – Operations for XVIII (US) Airborne Corps.

Operationally, MGen Eyre has commanded a rifle platoon with the UN force in Cyprus; 2PPCLI’s Reconnaissance Platoon with the UN Protection Force in Croatia (including the Medak Pocket); a rifle company in Bosnia with NATO’s Stabilization Force; the Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan advising 1-205 Afghan National Army Brigade in combat; and as the Commanding General of NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, where he oversaw the force generation, institutional training, and professional development of the Afghan National Security Forces. Among various domestic operations, he was the military liaison to the Government of Manitoba for the 1997 floods, commanded a company fighting the 1998 BC forest fires, commanded the Task Force that secured the 2010 G8 Summit, and commanded the military response to both the 2015 Saskatchewan wildfires and the 2016 Fort McMurray evacuation.

As a staff officer, MGen Eyre has served with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Land Force Western Area Headquarters, in the Directorate of Defence Analysis at NDHQ, and as the J3 of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command. He is a graduate of the US Army Special Forces Qualification Course, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the US Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, and the US Army War College. He holds a Bachelor of Science and three Masters degrees (Military Studies, Operational Studies and Strategic Studies), and has been awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation, and the US Legion of Merit.

MGen Eyre is currently the Deputy Commander of Military Personnel Command.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

The Honorable Seamus O'Regan

Minister of Veterans Affairs & Associate Minister of National Defence

Major-General W.D. Eyre

Deputy Commander, Military Personnel Command

Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honorable Roméo Dallaire

Founder, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Air Commodore Rich Withnall

Medical Director, UK Defence Medical Services

Warrant Officer (WO) Mark Jones

Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force

Dr. Mark A. Williamson

Director General of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science

Dr. Christian Kastrup

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia and 2016 Banting Award Winner

John W. Boerstler

Executive Director, NextOp and a Marshall Fellow