Captain André P. Jean (EMBA 2019*) and the D+ Team of the 2nd Canadian Division of the Canadian Armed Forces receive the Deputy Minister’s Award

Not long before starting the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Captain André P. Jean of the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, Canadian Armed Forces founded the D+ Team initiative. He now acts as its Co-Chair.

The objective of the D+ Team is to improve employment equity and diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces. In the past year, the team has set up a structure for the creation of advisory groups on diversity, created marketing tools and prepared awareness-raising activities for all members of the Department of National Defense (DND). For example, they organized an event to discover Aboriginal cuisine, and they managed the DNDe’s participation in the Gay Pride Parade.

Captain André P. Jean believes that “The EMBA allowed me to reflect on the future of Team D+ to find the key factors that would ensure its continuity.”

His reflection is already paying off as Team D+ recently received an award from  Deputy Minister Jody Thomas, as part of the Celebrate Excellence Awards Program. These awards are the highest level recognition for achievement in delivering on  Ministry policy. This important tradition generates employee pride and commitment by recognizing the outstanding work done by the Defense team throughout the year.