Canada’s land force commitment to NATO and Ukraine in Europe through Operations REASSURANCE and UNIFIER
Political Science Department cordially invites you to POLITALK SPECIAL LECTURE: Canada’s land force commitment to NATO and Ukraine in Europe through Operations REASSURANCE and UNIFIER
Thursday, November 9th, 4:30 -6:00 pm
A225 – 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC
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Born in 1988, Major Jürgen Miranda joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2005 as a Private with the 75th Mississauga Company, Toronto Scottish Regiment (Reserve). He later transferred to Buron Company, Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (Reserve) in 2007 before pursuing a Component Transfer to the Regular Forces under the Regular Officer Training Program.
Major Miranda attended the University of Waterloo from 2007-11 graduating with an Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Management, with a Minor in French Studies. Upon completion of his officer training in 2011 he was posted to 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), where he served as a Platoon Commander and Company 2nd-in-Command in Alpha (Mountain) Company, deploying to Southern Alberta to assist in the flood response under Operation LENTUS in 2013. Posted to Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean, Quebec in 2015, he served as a Training Instructor and Platoon Commander, before assuming the role of Training Division 2nd-in-Command until he was posted to 2nd Battalion PPCLI in 2018.
Major Miranda initially served as 2nd-in-Command of Alpha Company before deploying to Latvia on the NATO deterrence mission, Operation REASSURANCE, as the Battle Group S1 / Adjutant in 2019. Upon return from deployment Major Miranda served as the unit Adjutant then later as 2nd-in-Command Combat Service Support (CSS) Company, supporting numerous domestic deployments within Manitoba.
Promoted to his current rank in 2022, he has been privileged with commanding Bravo Company with whom he deployed to the United Kingdom under Operation UNIFIER, where he served under the British Armed Forces as the Training Element Commanding Officer for the Canadian Contingent. Upon redeployment, Major Miranda assumed his current role commanding CSS Company.
Major Miranda is married with two children, who all reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
LCol Jesse van Eijk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was raised in Mount Currie and Victoria, British Columbia as well as Regina, Saskatchewan until graduating High School.
He joined the Canadian Army as an Infantry Officer in 2001 and attended the Royal Military College of Canada, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2005. Following the completion of phase training in the fall of 2005 he was badged into Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and posted briefly to the 2nd Battalion in Shilo, Manitoba before moving to Edmonton, Alberta, and the 1st Battalion in early 2006.
At 1 PPCLI he had the privilege of leading 5 Platoon for three years, culminating in a deployment on Op ATHENA to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2008. Following extra-regimental employment which included completion of the Land Force Technical Staff Program and a posting to the Infantry School he returned to 1 PPCLI in 2012. This commenced an extended period of regimental employment where he served as Second in Command of Administration Company, Operations Officer, Officer Commanding Charlie Company, Officer Commanding Administration Company, and Deputy Commanding Officer.
In 2017 he deployed to Poland as commander of the Op REASSURANCE Land Task Force. On return to Canada LCol van Eijk was posted to Toronto, Ontario to attend the Joint Command and Staff Program.
In 2018 he was again posted to Edmonton, to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters, serving as the G3 and subsequently the Chief of Staff. LCol van Eijk returned to Regimental duty as CO 2 PPCLI in 2021 and was appointed CO of the Op REASSURANCE eFP Latvia Battle Group in 2022.
An avid fan of soldiering, in his leisure hours LCol van Eijk enjoys pretending he is still at work and spending time in the woods with his truck, guns, and friends.