Deputy Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command
Major-General Seymour joined the Canadian Armed Forces in January 1987. After earning his Navigator Wings on the CC-130 Hercules, MGen Seymour completed multiple flying tours on the CP-140 Aurora on Canada’s West and East coasts. With more than 3400 Aurora flying hours, he has deployed on operations and participated in exercises around the globe. He has commanded at the Flight, Squadron and Wing level.
Before taking on his current position, MGen Seymour served as the CJOC Chief of Staff Operations where he oversaw all CAF domestic and international operations.
MGen Seymour’s prior staff experience includes Operations Officer and Maritime/Joint Exercise Planner at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg; a staff/flying tour at the Canadian Contingent, NATO Airborne Early Warning Force in Geilenkirchen, Germany, serving both as the Canadian Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander, and as an E-3A AWACS navigator and Deployment Commander with NATO’s Flying Squadron 3. He also served as the Special Advisor to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa prior to his selection as the first Canadian Deputy J3 for Operations at United States Indo-Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he led the preparation for and execution of a range of US and multinational operations and exercises.
MGen Seymour holds a master’s degree in Defense Studies from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lethbridge. He also completed the United Kingdom Advanced Command and Staff Course, the National Security Program (NSP) at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, the Queen’s University Public Executive Program, and the U.S. Capstone course.
There is a growing awareness in Western defence forces that operation planning must evolve, making it necessary to understand the environment in its totality. This will require close cooperation across all possible domains both within and between countries. How do military commanders envisage their place and role within this realm? What will their requirements be for the information preparation of the environment they will be operating in? Developing practical ways to integrate inﬂuence activities into combined arms planning and assessment will improve the effectiveness of combined and joint operations. How must commanders change their strategic communication approach to have an effect in their operating environment?