Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay, OMM, CD, QHP - Biography

Brigadier-General MacKay

Surgeon General / Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group

Brigadier-General MacKay joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 as a Signal Officer. He was first was posted to 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and COMCEN Troop Commander. Following his tour in Germany he was posted to 1 Canadian Signal Regiment in 1987 where he served as the Telecommunication Maintenance Troop Commander, the Unit Adjutant and completed the Advanced Signal Officer Course. He then went to the Directorate of Electronics Engineering and Maintenance where he was a Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare equipment. In 1989 Brigadier-General MacKay was selected for the Military Medical Training Program and went off to the University of Toronto to complete his Doctor of Medicine in 1993. After completing a Family Medicine Residency at Queen's University in 1995 he was posted to work as a General Duty Medical Officer at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. In 1996 he was able to rejoin his former unit, now named the 1st Canadian Divisional Headquarters and Signal Regiment, as the Unit Medical Officer. While there he participated in Op ASSURANCE and Op ASSISTANCE. This was followed by a promotion to the rank of Major in 1997 and a posting as the Base Surgeon at Canadian Forces Base Shilo. In 1999 he was posted to 2 Field Ambulance in Petawawa as the Officer Commanding Medical Company and the Brigade Surgeon. While there he led the medical component of the DART during the earthquake disaster relief effort in Turkey, Op TORRENT.  He was selected in 2000 to do post-graduate training in Occupational Medicine and Public Health at the University of British Columbia which he completed in 2002. Upon completion of his Masters in Health Science he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to the Director of Health Services Operations where he served as the Head of Operational Medicine and the Project Director of the Biological Warfare Medical Countermeasures Project.  Brigadier-General MacKay also completed the Advanced Military Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in 2004. He deployed on Op ATHENA in 2007 as the Commanding Officer of the NATO Role 3 Multi-national Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield and as the Canadian Task Force Surgeon.  Upon returning from Kandahar, Brigadier-General MacKay completed second language training at the Asticou Centre and then spent six months as the CEFCOM/Canada COM/CANOSCOM Surgeon before being promoted to Colonel and assuming responsibilities as Director Force Health Protection in July 2009. 

In 2012 he assumed the position of Deputy Surgeon General.  Brigadier-General MacKay is an officer of the Order of Military Merit.  On 25 May 2015, he was promoted to his current rank and on 10 June 2015, BGen MacKay was appointed Surgeon General, Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group and the Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service.

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