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Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer

The Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer or CFCWO is the senior non-commissioned member appointment in the Canadian Armed Forces. The post was created in 1978 with the first appointment of Chief Warrant Officer Robert Osside. Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer is a position created by the Chief of the Defence Staff to assist the CDS in his duties and advise him on all issues relating to non-commissioned members.[1][2]

Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer
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Insignia worn by the CFCWO
CWO Alain Guimond MMM CD

since July 5, 2018
Inaugural holderRobert Osside

Rank and InsigniaEdit

The CFCWO holds the substantive rank of Chief Warrant Officer (if Army or Air Force) or Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (if Navy). Even if the incumbent is a Naval Chief Petty Officer, the appointment title remains "Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer".

The rank insignia of the CFCWO is the Coat of Arms of Canada in coloured thread, surrounded by a wreath of twenty maple leaves in gold thread, worn on the lower sleeve of the Service Dress jacket. The cap badge is the Coat of Arms of Canada, in full-colour metallic thread.

List of Canadian Forces Chief Warrant OfficersEdit

James Carroll[3] 1991-1995
John Marr[4] 1987-1991
Guy Parent[4] 1995-1999
Richard Lupien[4] 2001-2004
Daniel Gilbert[4] 2004-2007
Greg Lacroix[4] 2007-2010
Robert Cléroux July 2010[5] to July 5, 2013
Kevin West July 5, 2013 to July 5, 2018
Alain Guimond July 5, 2018 to Present[6]


  1. ^ "Table of Ranks and Appointments". Canadian Soldiers.
  2. ^ Bélanger, Yves (12 June 2018). "The Osside Institute: a source of pride for CWO West". The Maple Leaf. The Institute was renamed in 2014, to honour the memory of the very first Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer Robert Osside.
  3. ^ Green, Mary Ellen (20 October 2008). "Building renamed for exceptional leader" (PDF). Lookout Newspaper. Volume 53, No.42, p.7
  4. ^ a b c d e "Gathering of the CF Chief Warrant Officers". Retrieved 23 April 2013.|[dead link]
  5. ^ "PR-CO". The Wall Street Journal. 5 July 2013.|[dead link]
  6. ^ Rehman, Mishall (29 November 2016). "Combat Engineer CWO Alain Guimond appointed Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer". Canadian Military Family Magazine.