MGen Denis Thompson: “Promoting Peace and Security in the Sinai”
Wednesday, April 5th @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMFree
Guest Speaker: MGen Denis Thompson, Commander, Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt
In March 2014, Major-General Denis Thompson assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an independent international organization responsible for supervising the implementation of the security provisions of the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Treaty for Peace.
As Force Commander for the MFO, Major-General Thompson led a contingent of 1650 army, air, and naval troops from 13 countries to keep the peace and security in the Sinai Peninsula and the region. Major-General Thompson will speak to his personal experiences and provide current geo-political analysis following his three year deployment to Egypt.
Major-General Denis Thompson entered le Collége Militaire Royal de St. Jean in 1979, graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston in 1984. As a junior officer he served with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Winnipeg, Cyprus and Germany, and with Joint Task Force 2 in Ottawa.
In 1995, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment as Officer Commanding G Company, leading them as part of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group on the initial NATO mission in Bosnia. In 2000, Major-General Thompson assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. He returned to Bosnia in 2001 as the Battle Group Commander.
On leaving Regimental duty in 2002, Major-General Thompson took up a post as a policy officer including a secondment to Foreign Affairs Canada. In 2006, Major-General Thompson was appointed Commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Petawawa, Ont. He served as Commander of Task Force Kandahar from May 2008 to February 2009. Following this deployment, he served in staff positions at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa before being appointed Commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command in 2011.
In March 2014, Major-General Thompson assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Desert of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He is scheduled to hand over command in March 2017.
He is married to her Excellency Mme Isabelle Roy, Canada’s Ambassador to Algeria, and has two adult sons, Philip and Christopher.
The Multinational Force and Observers, headquartered in Rome, is an independent international organization, created by an agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel, with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai. The mission of the MFO is to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms.
Canada has maintained a contingent in the MFO since 1985. The deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel to strategic positions within the MFO is part of Canada’s broader engagement in support of peace efforts in the Middle East. Canadian participation in the MFO has focused on flight-following and the provision of staff expertise. In March 2015, Canada assumed responsibility for military policing services for MFO personnel for four years.