Lieutenant General (retired) Stuart Beare is a 36 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Army and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (and has the hearing aids to prove it!). Retiring at the rank of Lieutenant-General in late 2014, he has commanded at every level: Battery, Regiment, Brigade, Land Force Area, Land Force Doctrine and Training System, Expeditionary Forces Command and lastly Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC). He led the Canadian Forces efforts in training for full spectrum land operations during the height of our mission in Afghanistan. He then led Joint Capability development as Chief of Force Development where he championed Communications, Intelligence, Space and Cyber capabilities. He served and led amongst troops in major domestic operations here at home (Manitoba floods, Ontario Ice Storm, G8/G20 in Kananaskis) and overseas, including Canada’s last rotation in Cyprus (’93), twice in Bosnia, including a year as Commander Multi-National Brigade NW (’03-04), and in NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (’10-11).
Stu’s last 3 years of service included the creation and command of CJOC – responsible for the anticipation of, preparation for, and the conduct of Canadian Armed Forces operations in the defence of Canada, the protection of North America, and in the pursuit of peace and security abroad. At CJOC he worked extensively with international and multi-agency partners at home and abroad – and employed all the capabilities and capacities of the Forces in all domains – land, sea, air, space and cyber – in over 2 dozen missions, concurrently.
Stu has a BEng from CMR and RMC (’83). He loves soldiering and working still in support of the soldiers, sailors and airmen and women – and their families – who serve Canada. He is Chair of the Board for Soldiers Helping Soldiers – a movement of volunteers in and out of uniform who, with partners, are identifying, connecting with, and supporting homeless Veterans. He is a member of Canada Company, and is on the Government Relations Advisory Committee to the Canadian Red Cross. Since January 2016, Stu has been serving as Strategic Advisor – Defence and Public Safety for Accenture in Canada – living and serving at the intersection of his former profession and the high tech and innovation sector.