Senior Officer Biography
VICE-ADMIRAL MADDISON P.A. , CMM, MSM, CD
COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Vice-Admiral Maddison was commissioned in 1980, and earned his Bridge Watchkeeping and Above-Water Warfare qualifications in HMC Ships Terra Nova and Qu'appelle.
Vice-Admiral Maddison's sea-time has been equally divided between Canada's Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, including Combat Officer of HMCS Skeena (1988), Executive Officer of HMCS Winnipeg (1994), and command of HMC Ships Calgary (1997)and Iroquois (2002).
Other sea-going appointments have included: Staff Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer to NATO's Commander Standing Naval Force Atlantic (1989), Staff Weapons Officer to the Commander Canadian Task Group deployed to the Persian Gulf (1991), Combat Officer Sea Training Atlantic (1992), Executive Officer Sea Training Pacific (1996), and command of the experimental Standing Contingency Force (2006).
Vice-Admiral Maddison's shore appointments have included: Aide-de Camp to the Governor General (1985), command of a joint Space Control Center crew in Colorado Springs (2000), Director General Maritime Force Development (2005), and Assistant Chief of Military Personnel (2007).
In 2008 Vice-Admiral Maddison was appointed Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic in Halifax NS. He returned to Ottawa in 2010 to serve as Deputy Commander Maritime Command and Assistant Chief of the Maritime Staff.
An avid hockey enthusiast who still straps on the blades when he can, Vice-Admiral Maddison also enjoys watching Aussie Rules football, keeping fit, studying naval history, fishing with his son, discussing the meaning of life with his daughter, and actively seeking that ever-elusive work-life balance that would enrich all of the above. He met his love Fay on a blind date during a port visit to Hong Kong, and humbly admits that only through Fay's personal sacrifice and unselfish commitment as a military spouse has he been able to stay young at heart and serve Canada in uniform for so long.
Vice-Admiral Maddison was promoted to his present rank and assumed Command of the Royal Canadian Navy in July 2011. Since then he has been very active within his Command and across Canada promoting his One Navy vision along the key lines of: Purpose (the role of the RCN as a treasured national institution for a maritime nation in a maritime century), Platforms (the renewal of the fleet as ignited by the Government's National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy), People (our dedicated sailors and their families), and Pride (a legacy of naval service to Canada).