Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
BGen Lise Bourgon, CAF VDF, 2020-21

Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon, OMM, MSC, CD

CDN Visiting Defence Fellow 2020-21
Women Peace and Security Champion in the CAF
Robert Sutherland all #406 (currently remote)
613.533.6000 x 75215

Brigadier-general Lise Bourgon joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1987 and received her pilot wings following graduation from College Militaire Royal de St-Jean in 1992.  

As a helicopter pilot, she was assigned to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Shearwater, Nova Scotia where she deployed on numerous Royal Canadian Navy deployments. She also served as an instructor with 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron (OTS). Operational tours included Detachment Commander on HMCS Montreal during a 6 month tour and the Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander for OP IMPACT, the first Canadian female to serve in that position. 

Leadership opportunities included the command of 406 Maritime OTS, the Maritime Helicopter Wing in Shearwater and the Canadian Task Force assigned to OP INHERENT RESOLVE. 

Staff positions have included project management, Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Liaison Officer at the NATO Air Headquarters in Ramstein, Germany, Chief of Operations at the Canada Joint Operational Command and Director General Operations at the Strategic Joint Staff. She is currently the Women Peace and Security Champion for the CAF.  

BGen Bourgon is a graduate of the Air Warfare College, holds a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a Master in Public Administration from Royal Military College of Canada. She is married to Martin Roy, and they have two lovely teenagers. 

Current Interests/Research:

  • Women, Peace and Security agenda