While taking over, CWO Lapointe expressed his great satisfaction in continuing the work started by his predecessor and joining the MNC NE team:
I am humbled to take over from CWO Hamilton. Mike, thank you for the work you have done. I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone of you.
Lapointe was born and raised in Pointe-Calumet, Quebec. In 1989, he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces and completed basic training to focus his career path on combat engineering.
The Chief Warrant Officer was the Sergeant Major at the Royal Canadian Engineer Corps (New Brunswick), the Formation Sergeant Major at the Combat Training Center (New Brunswick) and the School Chief Warrant Officer at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (New Brunswick).
Lapointe's combat experience encompasses three deployments to Afghanistan (2002, 2005/6, 2011). In 1994 in Bosnia, his convoy run into an ambush, and he was hit by a sniper.
The new Command Senior Enlisted Leader's previous position was the Force Sergeant Major of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt.