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Gérard Charles Édouard Thériault
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Gérard Thériault
Born (1932-06-05)June 5, 1932
Died October 13, 1998(1998-10-13) (aged 66)
Place of birth Gaspé, Quebec
Place of death Victoria, British Columbia
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Air Force ensign.svg Royal Canadian Air Force / Canadian Forces
Years of service 1956–1989
Rank General
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration
Other work President of AEG Canada Inc

General Gérard Charles Édouard Thériault, CMM, CD (born Gaspé, Quebec, Canada on June 5, 1932 – died October 13, 1998 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) was Chief of the Defence Staff between 1983 and 1986.

Military service

Thériault graduated from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University). He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951. He moved to the Collège Militaire Royal (CMR), St-Jean, Qué, now Royal Military College Saint-Jean and served as Vice-Commandant from 1967 to 1970. Promoted to Colonel, he became commandant of the CMR in 1970. He was a proponent of the unification of the military of Canada. He became Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 1980 and Chief of the Defence Staff in 1983 before retiring in 1986. He was President of AEG Canada Inc. until 1995.[1]


Academic offices
Preceded by
K. Stuart
Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Succeeded by
H. H. Matthews
Military offices
Preceded by
R.M. Withers
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
D.N. Mainguy
Preceded by
R.M. Withers
Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
P.D. Manson

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