Paul A. Maddison
Vice-Admiral Paul Andrew Maddison
|Service/||Royal Canadian Navy|
|Years of service||1975–2013|
|Commands held||HMCS Iroquois|
Maritime Forces Atlantic
Royal Canadian Navy
|Awards||Commander of the Order of Military Merit|
Meritorious Service Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Vice-Admiral Paul Andrew Maddison, LOM, is a former Canadian diplomat and retired officer of the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy from 2011 to 2013. He subsequently served as the High Commissioner of Canada to Australia from August 2015 until May 2019.
Maddison joined the Canadian Forces in 1975. In 1980, he graduated from Royal Military College Saint-Jean with a Bachelor of Arts. He served on various vessels and in appointments with both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. In 1991, he deployed to the Persian Gulf with the Canadian Task Group.
From 1994–1996, Maddison served as Executive Officer for the frigate HMCS Winnipeg. This was followed by his first command, HMCS Calgary, from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he was posted to NORAD headquarters. From 2002 to 2004 he captained the destroyer HMCS Iroquois, a period which included a deployment to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as part of Combined Task Force 151.
In 2005, Maddison's career shifted to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, where he became Director General of Maritime Force Development and then Commander of the Standing Contingency Task Force the following year. In 2007 he became Assistant Chief of Military Personnel. In May 2008, Maddison assumed command of the navy's Atlantic fleet, Maritime Forces Atlantic, as well as Joint Task Force Atlantic, the military organization responsible for domestic operations in Atlantic Canada.
In August 2010, he became the Assistant Chief of the Maritime Staff under Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden. Upon McFadden's retirement from the Canadian Forces on July 21, 2011, Maddison became Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy before retiring in 2013.
In June 2015, Maddison was appointed as the High Commissioner of Canada to Australia.
Awards and decorations
Maddison's personal awards and decorations include the following:
|Order of Military Merit (CMM)|
|Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)||
|Gulf and Kuwait Medal||
|South-West Asia Service Medal||
|Special Service Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||
|Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)||
|Commander of the Legion of Merit||
|Legion of Honour||
- VAdm Paul Maddison: plotting a future course for the RCN Esprit de Corps, 1 May 2012
- Speaker Biographies
- "Order of Military Merit List". The Governor General of Canada.
- "Meritorious Service Decorations List". The Governor General of Canada.
- "The Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal List". The Governor General of Canada.
- "Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Paul Maddison with the Legion of Merit". America’s NAVY Forged by the Sea.
- "La France décore Monsieur Paul Maddison". Ambassade de France à Ottawa.
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