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Our current patrons are Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia & Brigadier-General Nicolas Eldaoud, Commander 5th Canadian Division.

Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd)

John James Grant was born on 17 January 1936 at New Glasgow, NS to the late George Grant (a former Mayor of New Glasgow) and Dorothy Grant.  His Honour is married to Joan Grant (nee Fraser).  Their Honours were married in 1954 and they have four children: Major Robin Grant, CD (Ret'd); Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Grant, CD; Mrs. Kirsten Patterson and the late Mr. G. Kerry Grant (deceased).  Their Honours also have five grandchildren.

His Honour retired from the Canadian Forces with the rank of Brigadier-General.  At the time of his appointment to the vice-regal office, His Honour was semi-retired, having been working as an Accountant for the firm, Hector Building Supplies/Century Construction Ltd.  Throughout this period he has also continued to be active in his community through volunteer work with various non-profit organizations and with retired service personnel.

On February 16th, 2012, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada announced the appointment of General Grant as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia; succeeding the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, ONS.  His Honour was installed as Her Majesty's representative in Nova Scotia on 12 April 2012 in the Red Chamber at Province House, Halifax. (For complete biography please click here)

Brigadier-General C.J. Turenne, OMM, MSC, CD - Commander 5th Canadian Division


 Brigadier-General Carl Turenne is a graduate (Administration) of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He was commissioned as an Armour officer in 1989 and joined the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada. BGen Turenne has commanded at the troop, squadron, unit, task force, and formation levels. He commanded the Armour School from 2005 to 2007 and concurrently held the appointment of Deputy Director of Armour. He commanded the Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters, a high-readiness deployable headquarters, from July 2007 to December 2008. As such, he commanded Joint Task Force Haiti as part of Canada's response to major hurricanes that struck Haiti in September 2008. From February 2009 to February 2010, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in southern Afghanistan. BGen Turenne was appointed the Commander of 1 Area Support Group within Land Force Western Area (now 3rd Canadian Division) in June 2012. He was promoted to his current rank in 2013 and appointed Deputy Commanding General – Sustainment and subsequently Deputy Commanding General – Operations to US Army I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

BGen Turenne has had several operational deployments. These include deployments to the United Nations Force in Cyprus, the NATO Stabilisation Force in the former Yugoslavia, Haiti as part of Canada's humanitarian efforts, Afghanistan as part of Canada's initial contribution against terrorism (2002) and as part of the International Security Assistance Force (2009 to 2010). He has held numerous key extra-regimental staff appointments including Army G1(Personnel), J3 Continental Operations for the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, Coordinator for the Director General Land Staff, and Aide-de-Camp to the Commander Land Force Command.

BGen Turenne assumed command of the 5th Canadian Division on July 9, 2015.

He is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course, the National Security Programme and holds a Master's in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

BGen Turenne enjoys the outdoors, woodworking and time with his family.


All donations received are used to bring history to life at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, by hiring young men and women to portray the British Garrison in Halifax at the time of our nation's birth.