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Major-General John L. Sharpe (ret’d), CMM, CD

Colonel Commandant, Royal Canadian Army Cadets – 2000-2004

   

MGen John L. Sharpe assumed his three-year appointment as Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in September 2000.  After a one-year extension he relinquished his appointment on 31 August 2004 .  Much to his personal satisfaction he ended his military duties where he started – with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.

MGen Sharpe commenced his military career at the age of twelve when he joined RCACC 2302.  The Cadet Corps was sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion and affiliated with the South Saskatchewan Regiment in Weyburn , Saskatchewan.  As a Master Cadet and senior cadet in his Corps he attended the Banff National Army Cadet Camp in 1953. 

After two years Militia service with the South Saskatchewan Regiment, MGen Sharpe joined the Regular Army.  From 1957 until his promotion to Brigadier-General in 1982, he served with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.  Within Canada he served at Calgary (three times), Victoria (twice), Petawawa, Kingston, Ottawa (three times) and Yellowknife in a variety of command and staff appointments.  He served three tours on NATO duty in Germany and also served in Cyprus and Ghana, West Africa .

Principal command appointments include Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Commander of 1st Canadian Brigade Group, and Commander of Canadian Forces Europe.

His last military appointment was in
Ottawa as Chief of Operations, Plans and Force Development for the Canadian Armed Forces.  He retired as a MGen after 37 years of military service and is the recipient of the Commander of Military Merit and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

From 1991 to 1996 MGen Sharpe was President & General Manager of the Ontario Safety League in
Toronto
.  The League is one of Canada's oldest safety organizations and is most active in road and child safety.


MGen Sharpe and his wife Joan live in the country beside the
Kootenay River at the base of the Rocky Mountains near Cranbrook, BC. They have three children.  Stuart is a PPCLI LCol and commands the 2nd Battalion in Shilo, Manitoba. Their daughter Carolyn is married to LCol Jamie Matson, an EME officer, currently completing a Masters degree at Portland University, Oregon.  Their son Graham is a high school teacher in the Orillia, Ontario area.