Canadian Army Podcast

Canadian Army Podcast

This podcast is for and about soldiers of the Canadian Army. Its primary goal is to provide them with useful information through thoughtful and open discussions that reflect their mutual interests and concerns. Though soldiers are our primary audience, the topics covered on this podcast should be relevant to anyone who supports our soldiers or who has an interest in Canadian military matters.

Episodes

May 8, 2024 35 mins

Want to know what it takes to get things into gear for a big mission? Colonel Cédric Aspirault from 5 CMBG is preparing to be the first commander of the multinational Forward Land Forces Brigade in Latvia. He’s working with our NATO allies to put the Brigade together and has a lot of thoughts on what is needed to complete the job.

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Musicians. The military has many of them and for good reason. They are there to help us celebrate the good times and reflect during sombre times. Corporals Hélène Fortier and Michel Cousineau of the Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards go into detail about life as a musician and their role within the Forces. And of course, they give a performance in the podcast studio!

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December 20, 2023 25 mins

Ever wonder what it takes to get soldiers out the door and responding to domestic emergencies? It’s more than just filling up a truck with troops, shovels, sandbags and rolling out, that’s for sure. Lieutenant-Colonel Geneviève Bertrand from the Canadian Army Headquarters Operations cell explains how the green machine gets rolling when things get tough at home.

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December 4, 2023 41 mins

This is a big one, and it’s happening now. The Canadian Army is significantly increasing its footprint in Latvia as part of Operation REASSURANCE. This mission is shaking up the Army’s training and deployment cycles, and will bring new kit into the hands of the troops. Lieutenant-Colonel Marc Kieley talks about transitioning the current battle group in Latvia to a brigade and the impact it will have on both Regular and Res...

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November 1, 2023 23 mins

Love tanks? So do we! Hear all about how the heavy metal of the battlefield helps the Canadian Army support the fight on the ground, how the crews make it all work, and the role they’re playing in modern day warfare. Lieutenant-Colonel Darryn Gray, Commanding Officer of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), gives us his take on why tanks are awesome.

This episode was recorded during the summer of 2023.

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Season 4 is coming to a close and the podcast will be taking a break until the fall. Listen in to find out what is coming up for season 5.

Feel free to contact Captain Adam Orton with any comments or questions:

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Meet our host Captain Adam Orton:  Bio | Video

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July 26, 2023 22 mins

The Army Sergeant Major plays a significant role in the lives of all non-commissioned soldiers. But how? Chief Warrant Officer James Smith talks about his role as senior advisor to the Army Commander, lends his perspective on what it takes to be a good leader, plus gives a preview of what’s to come with regards to kit and equipment. He also has advice on how to deal with some of the challenges of being a soldier.

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June 28, 2023 28 mins

Are we in the Wild West era of drone warfare? The advancement of drone technology is having a big impact on the battlefield - the war in Ukraine is an example. To keep pace, the Canadian Army has been getting help from Defence Research and Development Canada along with industry partners to counter the threat of drone warfare. Jared Giesbrecht, a defence research scientist, explains the challenges our soldiers face and offe...

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May 10, 2023 17 mins

There is a lot more to being a Paratrooper than jumping out of a plane, Master Corporal Nataniel Bergeron Sénécal can attest to that. He is an instructor and jump master with the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment. In this episode he gives insight into the world of a Paratrooper - the training, equipment, tactics, techniques, and more. You may also be surprised by who can be a Paratrooper. **Spoiler alert** It’s not only fo...

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March 29, 2023 22 mins

As Russia’s war rages on, Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are facing an explosive threat on the battlefield. A troop of Canadian Combat Engineers have been helping Ukraine mitigate this threat as part of Operation UNIFIER. Lieutenant Jacques Pecora is in Poland and talks about how his team of sappers are teaching Ukrainian soldiers many of the skills they need to survive and thrive.

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March 8, 2023 23 mins

From breaches to bridges and demolitions to detecting, a Combat Engineer has a wide range of responsibilities to ensure that troops can live, move and fight on the battlefield. Corporal Alana Zanchetta from 5 Combat Engineer Regiment goes into detail about her trade and everything sappers do to help win the fight.

Feel free to contact Captain Adam Orton with any comments or questions:

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February 15, 2023 25 mins

Bombs and bullets are not the only threats to our soldiers. Online disinformation is also being used as a weapon, and it’s one they face both on deployment and at home. Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick and Dr. Dominique Laferrière are social scientists at Defence Research and Development Canada and have done extensive research on the topic. They explain the disinformation ecosystem that affects the military community and give us adv...

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The world’s security environment is in perpetual change and the Canadian Army must adapt to stay relevant and effective. Lieutenant-General Jocelyn Paul talks about expanding the Army’s mission in Latvia, lessons learned from the war in Ukraine, procuring equipment, the Arctic, culture change, training and more. 

Feel free to contact Captain Adam Orton with any comments or questions:

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Raids, ambushes, air assault operations and so much more! Ranger School may be the U.S. Army’s most challenging course. Captain Pierre-Alexandre Dufour of 3 R22eR talks about his incredible two-month experience which took him through alligator-infested swampland and over mountains in the process of honing his combat leadership skills.

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Rewriting a training program is never easy; just ask Sergeant Pier-Luc Dubé, who is one of the Army’s cold weather and Arctic subject matter experts. His journey spans from Norway to Trenton, over to Shilo, and all the way up to Resolute Bay in Nunavut. Find out more about his story and the new program he helped develop.

This training is delivered by the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre in Trenton, Ontario. CAAWC provi...

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November 30, 2022 27 mins

Timely, relevant information helps ensure the survivability and effectiveness of the troops on the battlefield. The Director of Intelligence for the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-Colonel Montgomery Price, talks about the art and science of Intelligence.

Many of the show ideas come from you, the listener - please send us your suggestions or comments. Also, don’t hesitate to ask Capt Orton a question!  To contact us:

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Through scientific innovation, PSP’s Human Performance Research & Development team helps ensure Canadian Armed Forces members remain physically and mentally prepared. Patrick Gagnon, the team’s National Manager, explains the science behind many of the physical demands of soldiers, including the FORCE Evaluation.

PSP (Personnel Support Programs) is part of Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services which provides prog...

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We’re wrapping up season three of the podcast and taking a break in our release schedule. Captain Adam Orton gives a sneak preview of what to expect from season four!

Meet our host Captain Adam Orton:  Bio | Video


Many of the show ideas come from you, the listener - please send us your suggestions or comments. Also, don’t hesitate to ask Capt Orton a question!  To contact us:
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August 10, 2022 9 mins

**The in-person race has been rescheduled to November 6 in Ottawa and participants have until November 7 to complete the virtual race.** For the first time, the Canada Army Run is both virtual and in-person. Anyone, anywhere can participate! Major Lesley Quinlan, Race Director for the Canada Army Run, explains all the details about how you can sign up and show your support for two of our military charities, Soldier On and ...

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July 13, 2022 21 mins

Patrol Pathfinders are trained to operate under extreme mental pressure and physical strain in hostile environments and unforgiving terrain. Captain Pierre-Alexandre Dufour of the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, explains the Pathfinders’ role and tells us about their gruelling training course.

Check out this amazing Pathfinder video by Canadian Forces Combat Camera!

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