Brigadier General Jay Janzen joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1989. He graduated from Royal Roads Military College and served as an Armoured Officer with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he voluntarily transferred to the Public Affairs Branch. He has worked in numerous Public Affairs positions across the military and has completed two tours in Afghanistan as a senior Public Affairs Officer. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Director of Public Affairs for the Canadian Army. He graduated from the NATO Defence College and in 2012 he became the Chief of Media Operations for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Mons Belgium. He was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for his role as a leading communications strategist and military spokesperson involved in communicating NATO’s multifaceted response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. He was also the communications advisor to the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR). In 2015 Jay was promoted to Colonel and assumed the position of Director of Military Strategic Communications in Ottawa. He was recently promoted to BGen Director Public Affairs.