Major-General Christine Whitecross
Chief Military Engineer
Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces
Major-General Chris Whitecross enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982, joining the Canadian Military Engineers after spending 4 years in the Cadet program. Her postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada. Staff duties have included postings as A4 Airfield Engineering Operations at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg; Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa; Director of Infrastructure and Environment Corporate Services for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), and as Joint Engineer for Canada Command. Her various assignments have included: G1/G4 for the Force Engineers, United Nations Protection Force, in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia; Wing Construction Engineering Officer, Greenwood; Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton; Commander, Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife, NWT; Deputy Commander, Canadian Operational Support Command, Ottawa; and most recently, Deputy DCOS Comms, ISAF HQ, Kabul Afghanistan. She was promoted to her current rank of Major-General at the end of her one year tour with ISAF HQ on 30 June 2011.
Major-General Whitecross has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College. She is a graduate of both the Command and Staff College and the Advanced Military Studies Course, both conducted at the Canadian Forces College. She is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit and was awarded the US Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service at ISAF HQ. MGen Whitecross was posted into the position of Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) and appointed Chief Military Engineer of the Canadian Forces at National Defence Headquarters on 9 August, 2011.
Christine is a speaker at the Women’s International Forum.