Paul Maddison

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Paul A. Maddison
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Vice-Admiral Paul Andrew Maddison
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Navy
Years of service1975–2013
RankCanada-Navy-OF-8-collected.svg Vice-Admiral
Commands heldHMCS Iroquois
Maritime Forces Atlantic
Royal Canadian Navy
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsCommander 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, CMM MSM CD 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[2]

In June 2015, Maddison was appointed as the High Commissioner of Canada to Australia.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Maddison's personal awards and decorations include the following:

CAN Order of Military Merit Commander and Officer.pngMSM Ribbon-military.pngCanada Gulf and Kuwait Ribbon.png
SWASM Ribbon.pngSpecial Service Medal Ribbon.pngQEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
CD-ribbon and 2 bars.pngUS Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.pngLegion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg

Ribbon Description Notes
CAN Order of Military Merit Commander and Officer.png Order of Military Merit (CMM)
  • Appointed Commander (CMM) on 27 October 2010[4]
  • Appointed Officer (OMM) on 21 September 2006 [4]
MSM Ribbon-military.png Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
  • Decoration awarded on 23 November 2007[5]
  • Military division
Canada Gulf and Kuwait Ribbon.png Gulf and Kuwait Medal
  • with Clasp
SWASM Ribbon.png South-West Asia Service Medal
  • with AFGHANISTAN Clasp
Special Service Medal
  • with NATO-OTAN Clasp
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Decoration awarded in 2012[6]
  • Canadian version
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
  • with two Clasp for 32 years of services
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Commander of the Legion of Merit
  • Decoration awarded 26 April 2013[7]
  • Commander level
  • United States United States award
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Legion of Honour
  • Decoration awarded 17 December 2013[8]
  • Officer level
  • France France award


  1. ^ a b c VAdm Paul Maddison: plotting a future course for the RCN Esprit de Corps, 1 May 2012
  2. ^ a b Speaker Biographies
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Order of Military Merit List". The Governor General of Canada.
  5. ^ "Meritorious Service Decorations List". The Governor General of Canada.
  6. ^ "The Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal List". The Governor General of Canada.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "La France décore Monsieur Paul Maddison". Ambassade de France à Ottawa.
Military offices
Preceded by
Dean McFadden
Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Succeeded by
Mark Norman