Michelaine Lahaie was appointed as Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on January 2, 2019.
Ms. Lahaie is a 30-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring at the rank of Commander. During her time in service, she was posted to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Esquimalt, Halifax, Kingston, and the National Capital Region. She participated in multiple NATO exercises, and deployments with the Royal Canadian Navy, including Operation SHARP GUARD, a naval blockade assisting United Nations' peacekeeping efforts in Yugoslavia, and OPERATION APOLLO, Canada's military contribution to the United States-led international campaign against terrorism.
In 2014, Ms. Lahaie received the Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for Outstanding Leadership and Professionalism for her role as Commandant of the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean, Quebec, where she had the distinction of being the first woman Commanding Officer.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Lahaie served as a member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, an independent tribunal that holds quasi-judicial hearings and renders decisions on veterans' disability benefits.
Ms. Lahaie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean and a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Ms. Lahaie has been appointed as the Commission Chairperson for a five-year term.
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