The Change of Command between Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Vivian (seated right) and incoming CO Lieutenant Colonel Micheal Laplante (seated left) was made official through the act of signing the Change of Command scrolls on June 27. It was officiated by Major-General Peter Dawe, Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. Standing in back is Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Chalmer, CSOR Regimental Sergeant Major. (Photo by Master-Corporal Winton)

Canadian Special Operations Regiment welcomes new Command Team


Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019

GARRISON PETAWAWA - The Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) held a Change of Command ceremony June 27 at Garrison Petawawa welcoming Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Michael Laplante as its new Commanding Officer (CO).

LCol Laplante assumed command from LCol Andrew Vivian, who led CSOR for two years. “I am honoured to have been selected to command the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, I joined the Regiment in 2007 and have witnessed its evolution and growth,” said LCol Laplante. “I am proud to lead them as they continue to represent Canadians on operations around the globe. “

Earlier, on May 16, 2019, the Regiment also held a Change of Appointment ceremony, where the Regiment bade farewell to Chief Warrant Officer Marco Côté and welcomed Chief Warrant Officer Jeff Chalmer.

“The Canadian Special Operations Regiment is known for its professionalism and unwavering mission focus. LCol Vivian led by that example and inspired excellence in his Regiment,” said Major-General Peter Dawe, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. “I am confident that LCol Laplante will do the same.”