The CDA Institute Team

Matthew Overton

Matthew Overton

Executive Director

Matthew Overton served for 39 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring in 2016 having attained the rank of Brigadier-General.  In addition to the traditional employments expected of an Infantry Officer, culminating in the command of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, he commanded the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group and held a number staff appointments within Military Personnel Command, including the post of Assistant Chief of Military Personnel. Besides operational deployments in Cyprus and the Balkans, he completed defence diplomacy posts as the Military Advisor at the Canadian High Commission in London, Defence Attaché in Kabul and then Defence Advisor at the London High Commission once again as the capstone to his career.

In addition to holding a BSc in Physics and Oceanography from Royal Roads Military College, and an MA of War Studies from Royal Military College of Canada, he is a graduate of the National Strategic Studies Programme at the Canadian Forces College and is Certified Human Resources Leader

Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick

Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick

Director of Research & Senior Editor

Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick is a military historian and expert on defence and security policy. An Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Royal Military College of Canada, she has a proven record of qualitative research and policy analysis. Her work has been published in numerous distinguished publications including Taylor & Francis’ War and Society. Her most recent book with the University of British Columbia Press is entitled, Invisible Scars: Mental Trauma and the Korean War (2017). As a researcher and contributor to policy debates, she has spoken widely to policymakers and practitioners at such respected international forums as the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research and the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. Meghan has also worked as an independent consultant on research, programming and policy development in the private sector.

Jennifer Pitre (Giguere)

Jennifer Pitre (Giguere)

Director of Operations

Marta Skowerska

Marta Skowerska

Operations Coordinator

Valerie Aji

Valerie Aji

Financial Officer and Treasurer

Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath

CDA Association Outreach

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