Command of 4th Canadian Division (4 Cdn Div) officially changed hands during a ceremony held at Queen’s Park in Toronto on July 6. The new commander, Brigadier-General (BGen) Stephen Cadden (right), assumed command from BGen Lowell Thomas (left) during the ceremony presided over by Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse (centre), Commander Canadian Army. (Photo: Master Corporal Precious Carandang, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs)
New Commander for 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (Central)
Posted on Thursday, July14, 2016
TORONTO - The command of 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (Central) officially changed hands on Wednesday, July 6 during a ceremony held at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
The new commander, Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, assumed command from Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas during the ceremony presided over by Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army.
“It is an honour and a privilege to take command the 4th Canadian Division,” noted BGen Cadden. “I look forward to working with our security partners to ensure that Canada’s Army in Ontario remains ready to meet our nation’s defence and security needs, at home and abroad. Brigadier-General Thomas and Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell have done an outstanding job leading 4th Canadian Division, and I am proud of what they have accomplished with our Defence Team of regular, reserve and civilian members. My challenge will be to sustain the high standard they have set, and I would like to thank Brigadier-General Thomas, in particular, for his leadership, dedication and commitment.”
Responsible for all regular and reserve force Army elements in Ontario, the 4th Canadian Division provides combat-ready ground forces to meet Canada’s defence objectives, both at home and abroad.
BGen Thomas has been appointed to the Canadian Defense Liaison Staff in London, United Kingdom, and BGen Cadden comes to the 4th Canadian Division from the Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa, where he was the Chief of Staff Army Strategy.
“I feel privileged to have worked with such a dedicated, professional and hard working group of men and women that make up the 4th Canadian Division,” said BGen Thomas. “Your accomplishments and successes are also my accomplishments and successes. While change is often met with uncertainty, I can say with confidence that I have no doubts that as I embark on a new opportunity, the division will remain strong and steadfast under the command of Brigadier-General Cadden.”
The 4th Canadian Division’s mission is to generate and maintain, at designated states of readiness, combat capable, multi-purpose land forces to meet Canada’s defence objectives, both at home and abroad. It is spread across 46 Ontario communities, Garrison Petawawa, and comprises of more than 13,000 uniformed men and women.
“Today, we recognize and thank the outgoing Commander of the 4th Division, Brigadier-General Thomas, for his outstanding leadership and dedication to service, “ said LGen Hainse. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Brigadier-General Thomas and I can attest that the Regular Forces, Reserve Forces, Rangers and Civilians of the 4th Division have all been beneficiaries of his devotion. We are also here to greet Brigadier-General Cadden, as he takes over the enormous responsibility of leading the Army in Ontario. With him comes a broad range of expertise and leadership experience and I am very confident that he will lead this Division on to future successes.”