Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez has been appointed the 15th judge advocate general for the Canadian Armed Forces and officially took over the role in a “change of appointment” ceremony in Ottawa yesterday. She is the first woman to fulfil this role.
Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan appointed Bernatchez, who succeeds Major-General Blaise Cathcart. Cathcart will retire later this year.
“As the 15th judge advocate general, my vision of legal service delivery is one that will be very much driven and focused on my institutional clients’ needs,” says Bernatchez, whose role involves advising military decision-makers, such as the minister of National Defence, on legal actions touching on military law. “My role is to ensure that we provide [the Canadian Armed Forces] options in order to allow them to be able to conduct their operations and activity within the construct of international and Canadian law.”