Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 11, 2014 12:15 ET

Minister Nicholson Announces New Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 11, 2014) - Department of National Defence

Today the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr.Gary Walbourne as the new Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Mr. Walbourne succeeds Mr. Pierre Daigle, who has completed his five year tenure as Ombudsman, and who worked on behalf of members and employees of DND and CAF with care and distinction. Mr. Walbourne will be serving a five year term.

Quick Facts

  • Prior to his appointment, Mr. Walbourne held the position of Executive Director, Operations and Deputy Ombudsman in the office of the Veterans Ombudsman. He began that position in 2011.
  • This experience will help Mr. Walbourne in his new role as he investigates matters related to the defence community and the welfare of its members and employees.
  • Before working with the Veterans Ombudsman, Mr. Walbourne had a distinguished career in the public service. He served as a Director General at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a Director at the Department of National Defence.
  • The office of the Ombudsman for DND and CAF was created in 1998.
  • The office serves as a direct source of information, referral, and education for the men and women of the DND and the CAF.

Quotes

"Mr. Walbourne brings a wealth of public service experience, including within the Department of National Defence, to the Ombudsman position. His leadership skills and keen sense of procedural and administrative fairness will be essential as he works on behalf of members and employees of the Department and the Canadian Armed Forces."

The Honourable Rob Nicholson,
Minister of National Defence

Associated Links

Office of the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces

Contact Information

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