Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 25, 2008 11:59 ET

Media Advisory: Chief of the Defence Staff Change of Command Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over the change of command ceremony which will transfer command of the Canadian Forces from General Rick Hillier to General Walt Natynczyk.

The ceremony will take place on July 2nd, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Canada Reception Centre.

Event: Canadian Forces Change of Command ceremony

Location: Canada Reception Centre, Uplands

Date: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 at 10 a.m.


- 6 to 9:20 a.m. - media arrive, clear security, sign-in and are escorted to designated media areas. Must be in place no later than 9:30 a.m.

- 10 a.m. - start of Change of Command ceremony

- 11 a.m. - end of ceremony

- On completion of ceremony - media availability in departure lounge of the Canada Reception Centre.

Note: Media planning to attend are asked to complete and return the accreditation form prior to noon on June 30th.

Media accreditation forms are available at

Please contact Commander Denise LaViolette at 613-996-9219 or Kathleen Guillot at 819-997-0188 should you have any questions.

Due to logistical and security considerations, media arriving after 9:20 a.m. will not be granted access to the venue. Please note that, as space is limited, attendance of all media having requested accreditation may not be possible.

Media will have to show valid photo I.D. to access site.

Contact Information

  • Information: 613-996-2353/54
    After hours: 613-792-2973