Brigadier-General S.M. Cadden, CD

Brigadier-General S.M. Cadden

Commander 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central

Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden joined the Canadian Armed forces in 1984, and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, graduating in 1989. He served with the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) in Lahr, Germany, serving as both a tank and reconnaissance troop leader, and with The Royal Canadian Dragoons as a squadron commander, Commanding Officer and Regimental Colonel. He has been employed internationally in Germany and Jamaica, and deployed operationally to Afghanistan (ISAF liaison to CJTF 76) and Haiti (Chief of Staff, The United Nations Stabilization Mission In Haiti (MINUSTAH) military component). Domestically, he has participated in Canadian Armed Forces relief efforts during the 1998 Ice Storm, the 2010 G8 and G20 summits, and a number of operations in Ontario.

BGen Cadden is qualified to command Leopard C1 and C2 main battle tanks, as well as Lynx, M113, LAV and the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle. His extra-Regimental employment includes tours as the Canadian Forces Base Petawawa Base Personnel Administration Officer, squadron commander at the Royal Military College of Canada, as Chief of Staff of 4th Canadian Division, as Commander Canadian Forces Base Kingston, and twice and the Canadian Army HQ Staff (as Director Land Strategic Plans 4 and as Chief of Staff Army Strategy). He has served as the Director of the Royal Canadian Armour Corps, and currently holds the position of Senior Army Armour Officer.

BGen Cadden has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies, a Master’s of Defence Studies and a Master’s of Arts degree in Military Security and Defence Policy. In 2009, he completed the National Security Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He assumed command of 4th Canadian Division on July 6, 2016.

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