Commodore Sean N. Cantelon
Director General Morale and Welfare Services
Cmdre Cantelon enrolled in the Canadian Forces under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He is a graduate of the 26th Command and Staff Course, the 8th Advanced Military Studies Course, and the 2nd National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto. He holds a BA (Commerce) and a MA (Security and Defence Management and Policy) from Royal Military College and is a graduate of the Queen’s University School of Business Executive Program and the US Defense Resources Management Institute.
As a junior officer, he saw duty aboard HMCS Gatineau, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Montreal, and HMCS Charlottetown. During these appointments, he participated in numerous exercises with the Canadian Atlantic Fleet and in four major deployments with the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic. Upon promotion to Lieutenant-Commander in 1998, he joined Sea Training Atlantic as the Weapons Officer. Appointed as the Executive Officer of HMCS Toronto in 2000, Cmdre Cantelon participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in the fall of 2001 as part of NATO's response to the war on terror. In 2002, he proceeded ashore to the position of Senior Staff Officer Military Personnel in Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters.
Promoted to Commander in 2003, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre as Director Operational Test and Evaluation. He was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMCS Charlottetown from 2004 until 2006. From 2006 until 2008, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMCS Protecteur, the Pacific Fleet's Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship. His tour of command included a deployment to the Middle East with CTF-150 as part of Canada's maritime contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon the completion of his command tours, he proceeded ashore to NDHQ as the Director General Naval Personnel Special Projects Officer. Promoted to Captain (N), he assumed the position of Deputy Commander Joint Task Force (North) Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 2010 where he focused on creating a strong operational headquarters able to plan, conduct, support and execute joint, integrated, multiagency and multinational expeditionary operations in Canada's North. In 2012 he was posted to NDHQ Ottawa as Director Strategic Coordination where he was involved in the development of the revised Defence Capability Board, the Defence Procurement Strategy and the renewal of the Canada First Defence Strategy.
Promoted to Commodore, he became the Director General Capability and Structure Integration within the VCDS Group. Working with the CFO, he lead a team that provided the analytical framework to advise the VCDS regarding the capability needs of the investment plan and the policy implications for the future force structure of the CAF while concurrently enabling a central challenge function for capital projects. In the summer of 2016, he became the Director General Morale and Welfare Services, the Managing Director of Non-Public Property and the Chief Executive Officer of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces. In these capacities, he is leading almost 5,000 members of the Defence Team nationally and internationally in “serving those who serve”.