60 Seconds with… Major-General Denis Thompson, Former Commander, Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai

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Video / May 18, 2017

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Major-General Denis Thompson, Former Commander, Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai

Major-General Denis Thompson: I come from New Lowell, Ontario, the home of Miss Vickie’s potato chips. Look it up.

Right, good day folks. My name is Major-General Denis Thompson. I’m the former commander of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt. And I’m here to take the ’60 second challenge’.

1. Canucks, Sens, Leafs, Oilers, Flames or Habs?

Well that’s simple. We live here in Ottawa so it’s the Sens.

2. What has been the most rewarding work experience of your career?

I’d have to say, when I was Commander of Task Force Kandahar, in Afghanistan; 2008/2009.

3. What does leadership mean to you?

Simple.  Four things: be direct, be honest, be funny, and be there. You can interpret those any way you please.

4. What does serving Canada mean to you?

It means putting my back into a whole number of tasks over the course of a long career, whether as a cold warrior, peacekeeper, counterinsurgent, Special Forces member, etc…

5. Why did you join the Canadian Armed Forces?

Because I thought it was interesting and my father was a member.

6. And, what is the most valuable piece of advice that you have received?

Another great question. Probably to stick it out.

And that concludes your 30 seconds… 60 seconds!

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