Peter Devlin

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Peter Devlin
Kacee Vasudeva and Lieutenant General Peter Devlin, CMM, MSC, CD.JPG
Peter Devlin (left)
Allegiance Canada
Service/branchCanadian Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands held1st Bn The Royal Canadian Regiment
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Battles/warsBosnian War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsCommander of the Order of Military Merit
Meritorious Service Cross
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant General Peter John Devlin CMM, MSC, CD was a senior officer in the Canadian Army and is currently President of Fanshawe College. He served as Commander of the Canadian Army from 2010 to 2013.

Military career[edit]

Educated at the University of Western Ontario, Devlin was commissioned into The Royal Canadian Regiment, having joined the Canadian Forces in 1978.[1] Devlin served in an operational role in Cyprus between 1984 and 1985 and in the Former Yugoslavia in 1992, 1996 and 1998.[2] In 1994, following his experiences in the Former Yugoslavia, Devlin published a report which was critical of the fact that the international community "had no International Peacekeeping Training Centre".[3]

He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1997.[1] Then, in 1998, he was the Canadian Battle Group Commanding Officer in Bosnia.[1]

He became Commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in 2002.[1]

He served with the International Security Assistance Force as Commander of the Kabul Multinational Brigade in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004.[1]

He was appointed Deputy Commanding General of III (US) Corps and Fort Hood, Texas in 2005 and deployed with the Corps to Iraq.[1] He was Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps – Iraq from 2006 to 2008[1] – in that capacity he told the Washington Post that the Multi-National Force was giving "greater legitimacy to the effort here in Iraq.".[4] In 2008 he was made Deputy Commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command.[1]

In March 2010, it was announced that Devlin would be appointed Chief of the Land Staff within the year.[5] The change of command took place on 21 June 2010.[6][7]

On 6 February 2013, Devlin announced he would be retiring from the service with Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse to be his replacement.[8]

On 6 August 2013, it was announced that Devlin will be the 5th President of Fanshawe College in London, Canada. His appointment is effective on 3 September 2013.[9]

Fanshawe College President[edit]

On 6, August, 2013, it was announced that Devlin would be the 5th President of Fanshawe College in London, Canada. His appointment was effective as of 2 September 2013. [10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Senior Officer Biography
  2. ^ What's New[permanent dead link] April 11, 2010
  3. ^ Devlin, P.J., An International Peacekeeping Training Centre Canadian Forces College Command & Staff Course New Horizons Paper, 1994
  4. ^ Canadian General Takes Senior Command Role in Iraq Archived 2010-02-25 at the Wayback Machine. Article by Jon Elmer and Anthony Fenton, January 24, 2008
  5. ^ Canada to get new army boss Windsor Star, March 31, 2010
  6. ^ "Canadian Army To Get New Commander". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  7. ^ "Devlin named Canada's new army chief". CBC News. June 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Minister of National Defence announces Canadian Armed Forces senior promotions and appointments
  9. ^ Peter Devlin named new Fanshawe College president London Free Press, 7 August 2013
  10. ^ "Fanshawe College". Fanshawe College. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew Leslie
Chief of the Land Staff
(Retitled Commander of the Canadian Army from 2011)

Succeeded by
Marquis Hainse