Glenn V. Davidson

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Glenn V. Davidson
Born 1952 (age 63–64)
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Years of service 1970–Present
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held

HMCS Kootenay

Maritime Forces Atlantic
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration
Other work Canadian Military Representative to NATO 2004–2008

Glenn V. Davidson CMM, CD (born 1952)[1] is a senior naval officer in the Canadian Forces.

Military career[edit]

Davidson joined the Naval Reserve in 1970 and transferred to the regular forces in 1974 after completing his university studies at the University of King's College in Halifax. Specialising in navigation and air control, Davidson saw service in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as undertaking various staff and headquarters appointments before taking command of HMCS Kootenay in 1989.[2]

Davidson remained in command of Kootenay until 1991. After a posting to the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan at a military attache, in 1995 he was appointed Commander of Maritime Operations Group Two, with command over a fleet including seven frigates and destroyers and an operational support ship. In 1997 he was promoted to commodore and took up the post of Direct General Naval Personnel. He was promoted to rear admiral in 2000 and in 2002 became a Commander of the Order of Military Merit.[2]

Between 2002 and 2004 he took command of Maritime Forces Atlantic, which encompassed all Canadian naval forces in the Atlantic—some 8,000 personnel—and oversaw the deployment of ships to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Apollo, Canada's contribution to the war in Afghanistan. In 2004 he was appointed the Canadian military representative to the NATO Military Committee in NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He held this post until 2008.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

From 2008 to 2011, Davidson served as Canada's Ambassador to Syria. In August 2011, he was appointed] as Canada's Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.[3] but he has since retired. The current Ambassador is Deborah Lyons, a long-time federal civil servant.


Arms of Glenn V. Davidson
Glenn V. Davidson Arms.svg
The arms of Glenn V. Davidson consist of:[4]
Issuant from a naval coronet Or a demi lion Vert holding a sprig of three maple leaves Or.
Vert a chevron embowed between three escallops Or.
Two griffins Vert beaked, winged and membered Or.
A bed of mayflowers proper.
Revereor Praeterita Paro Futura (Respect the past; prepare for the future)


  1. ^ Canadian Who's Who Search. Grey House Publishing Canada. 
  2. ^ a b c "NATO Biographies: Vice-Admiral Glenn V. Davidson". NATO. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
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  4. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2005, p. 524