Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women

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

For the second time, Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross, Commander of Military Personnel Command, has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. She previously received this honour in 2011. The award is given to proven achievers who are strong contributors to their organizations, their fields of endeavour, and their communities.

Lieutenant-General Whitecross currently commands the military organization responsible for military personnel management, including recruitment, training and education, benefits, health services, honours and history, as well as corporate and personnel support. She has been selected as the next Commandant for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense College in Rome, the first woman to fill this role since the college was founded in 1951.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Canada’s top female executives. The award winners will be honoured at a gala celebration in Toronto tomorrow night. 


“Congratulations to Lieutenant-General Whitecross on being named one of Canada’s most powerful women, and for a second time no less. To those of us who know and work with her, the award comes as no surprise. She is an inspired leader and an outstanding officer, two of many reasons why she was selected to become the next – and first female – commander of the NATO Defense College.”

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff 

“I am honoured to be a recipient of this award once again. It is humbling to be recognized along with other proven leaders, and I hope that in receiving this award, I can inspire more women to strive towards a higher level of excellence.”

Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross, Commander of Military Personnel Command