Canadian Armed Forces Senior Leaders Attend the Military and Veteran Health Research Forum

November 23, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross, Commander of Military Personnel Command, and Colonel Scott McLeod, Deputy Surgeon General, attended the 7th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum presented by the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) in Vancouver.

Held November 21 to 23, 2016, the Forum served as a focal point for more than 40 Canadian universities which have agreed to work together in addressing the health research requirements of the military, veterans, and their families.


“The Military and Veteran Health Research Forum represents an essential step in building capacity in military and veteran health research in Canada, to improve health outcomes for our personnel, their families, and our veterans. It is important to sustain the relationships between universities and research organizations to advance health care for Canadians.”

Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross, Commander of Military Personnel Command

“The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) conducts essential military and veteran health-related research in collaboration with VAC, but we also engage with other research bodies to meet our research requirements. The CIMVHR and this forum provide a special capability and an essential contribution to this research across the full spectrum of military and veteran health. Much of the research, in particular in relation to trauma care and mental health, will also have relevance to the health of all Canadians, and will inform the civilian health care system.”

Colonel Scott McLeod, Deputy Surgeon General

Quick Facts

The CIMVHR is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity, and effective knowledge exchange.

With a diverse network of academic researchers from across Canada, the Forum has attracted over 450 Canadian researchers, clinicians, military personnel, veterans, industry stakeholders, government representatives, and international delegates eager to learn and network at Canada’s only conference that is dedicated to health research for the military and veterans. 

Three days of discussion and presentations highlighted research in mental health, physical health, rehabilitation, new health technologies, and the transition from military to civilian life.

The Forum also touched on the social health and wellbeing of personnel, veterans, and their families, occupational health, and evolving treatment programs and clinical practices.

The CAF has provided leadership in the area of mental health and remains committed to working with its partners to ensure that our personnel, with their families, who are called to sacrifice so much in service to their country, receive quality care and support.