Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Operation 'INHERENT RESOLVE'  Iraq 2017: Observations on Contemporary Operations

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  Time: 12-1:00 pm
Robert Sutherland Hall, room 448 



BGen Smith will describe anti-Islamic State operations in Iraq from the perspective of being the Chief of Staff of the Coalition's Land Component Headquarters from February to December 2016. In particular, he will offer his observations on contemporary warfare ‎through the lens of Iraq's actions against ISIS.


Brigadier-General Greg Smith was the Chief of Staff of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Brigadier-General Greg Smith was graduated from the Collège militaire royal de St-Jean (CMR) in 1993. He has served in each of the battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) including commanding a mechanized rifle platoon and Mortar Platoon in 1 RCR, a mechanized company second-in-command in 2 RCR and the Parachute Company Commander in 3 RCR. He was Commanding Officer of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, Commandant of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, and Director of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps.

Brigadier-General Smith's staff appointments include serving at the Infantry School, the Army Headquarters on three separate occasions as the ADC CLS, the G33 Current Operations and the G3, in the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, and as Chief of Staff of the Defence Renewal Team (DRT). Brigadier-General Smith's operational deployments include Operation HARMONY in Croatia in 1994-95 as a platoon commander, Operation ATHENA in Kabul in 2003-04 as Battalion Group Operations Officer (S3), in Kandahar in 2009-10 as a Task Force Commander and in Kabul on Operation ATTENTION in 2012 as the Deputy Commander. 

He is a graduate of the Transitional Command and Staff Course at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) Toronto and also the National Security Programme at CFC Toronto. Brigadier-General Smith possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies (Honours) from CMR and three Masters of Arts in War Studies, Defence Studies and Public Administration through the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) and the University of New Brunswick.