Brig. Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis, Canadian Army

Brig. Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis, Canadian Army

Deputy Commanding General, Operations - I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Brigadier-General Michel-Henri St-Louis (Canada) is currently the Deputy Commanding General for Operations of First Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. As a globally responsive and regionally aligned force under the US Pacific Command, First Corps is prepared to deploy as a Joint Task Force and provide mission command over combined, joint, and Army forces in order to achieve national objectives and win decisively in any environment.

Brigadier-General Michel-Henri St-Louis was born in Managua, Nicaragua, where he lived until 1977, when his family moved to the south shore of Montreal, province of Quebec.

Brigadier-General St-Louis began his career at the Collège militaire royal (CMR) de Saint-Jean in August 1987, graduating in May 1992 as an infantry officer with the Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR).  He has been posted to Saint-Jean (Quebec), Quebec City (Quebec), Oromocto (New Brunswick), Ottawa (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Washington, D.C. He commanded at the tactical level within 2nd Battalion, R22eR, and then within 1st Battalion, R22eR. He was an instructor at the Infantry School and commanded the Richelieu Squadron at CMR.

Brigadier-General St-Louis has taken part in five different overseas missions. He commanded a mechanized infantry platoon in Srebrenica, Bosnia, in the summer of 1993. He served as the intelligence officer of the Canadian Battalion Group in Rastevic, Croatia, in the summer of 1995.
In 2002, he was the second-in-command of the headquarters and S3 Plans Company in Zgon, Bosnia. He went on his first tour in Afghanistan in February 2006 as part of the Strategic Advisory Team – (SAT), which brought together a team of strategic advisors for Afghanistan. During his last deployment, from November 2010 to July 2011, he commanded the last battle group that conducted combat operations in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar Province.

He is a graduate of the National War College (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.), the Canadian Forces College, the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, the Royal Military College in Kingston, and the Canadian Army Command and Staff College. His three masters have focused on war studies,
military history, strategy and defence.

He served at the operational level as the first Army officer to hold the position of 1st Canadian Air Division Chief of Staff. He also served as a staff officer at the strategic level with the Director General, Strategic Planning, of the Canadian Armed Forces, within the Army Staff and, recently, with the Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence Headquarters. From 2015-2017 he was the 28th Commander of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group