Major-General Jennie Carignan is the Commander of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) in Baghdad. NMI is a non-combat advisory and training mission that works primarily with the Ministry of Defence on security sector reform, institutional building, strengthening the professional military education system and Iraqi military schools.
A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in Engineering, Major-General Carignan was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1990.
Her command appointments include Commanding Officer of 5 Combat Engineer Regiment, Commandant of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force (East). Overseas, she served in deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, and Kandahar (Afghanistan).
Major-General Carignan earned a Master's degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. She is a graduate of the National Security Studies Programme and earned a Master’s degree in business administration from Université Laval.
Major-General Carignan is the recipient of the Order of Military Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. She received the prestigious Gloire de l'Escolle medal which recognizes graduates from Université Laval who have distinguished themselves professionally and in service to their communities. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Université Laval.
Married, Jennie is the mother of four children.