2023 Warriors' Day Parade Distinguished Guest of Honour and Reviewing Officer

Lieutenant-General M.H.L. (Lise) Bourgon, CMM, MSC, CD

Acting Commander, Military Personnel Command

Lieutenant-General Lise Bourgon joined the military in 1987 and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. Upon commissioning in 1992, she completed her wings training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

She started her maritime helicopter pilot career in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, with 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron serving on HMCS Preserver, HMCS Ville de Québec, HMCS Toronto and HMCS Montreal, and she also served as a pilot instructor with 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron.

As a staff officer, she held positions from the tactical to the strategic level serving as the Wing Plans and Tasks Officer, Project Director at the Director of Air Requirements – Maritime, EA to Commander RCAF, NATO Air Liaison Officer in Ramstein, Chief of Staff Operations at the Canadian Joint Operational Command, Director General Operations at the Strategic Joint Staff and Assistant Commander Military Personnel Command.

She has had the privilege to command at every rank, notably the helicopter detachment on HMCS Montreal, 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron, 12 Wing in Shearwater, Joint Task Force IMPACT and since Oct 2021, has been the acting Commander of Military Personnel Command and Chief of Military Personnel.

Lieutenant-General Bourgon is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College and of Maxwell Air Warfare College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a master’s in public administration from the Royal Military College of Canada. Additionally, in 2021, she completed a one-year Defence Fellowship assignment with the Centre of International and Defense Policy at Queen’s University.

In addition to her position, LGen Bourgon is the Defence Champion for Women and a strong advocate for the Women Peace and Security agenda. She is married to Martin Roy, and they have two lovely children.

The Warriors' Day Parade Council proudly welcomes Lieutenant-General Bourgon as our 2023 Reviewing Officer.