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Senate Committee for National Security and Defence


BIOGRAPHY

VICE ADMIRAL (RET’D) GARY L. GARNETT, CMM CD

Admiral Garnett retired on 7 September 2001, after completing a 38 year career in the Canadian Forces. 

At the time of his retirement Admiral Garnett was completing a four year tour as the Vice Chief of Defence Staff.  As the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister and Chief of Defence Staff, Garnett has extensive experience in human resources management, strategic planning, corporate restructuring, program management, policy decision making and international affairs.  He has proven expertise at the most senior level of leadership in the Canadian Forces and has interacted with all levels of government.  He has been a champion of change to the way the Department of National Defence has done its business. 

Admiral Garnett was a weapons specialist seagoing naval officer who in the 1980s Commanded Atlantic based ships HMCS Iroquois and Huron, the Sea Training Unit Atlantic and the Pacific based Second Canadian Destroyer Squadron.  His senior naval appointments in the 1990s included Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Commander Maritime Command when the Naval Headquarters returned from Halifax to Ottawa, thus becoming the first Chief of Maritime Staff. 

In National Defence Headquarters in the 1990s Admiral Garnett held several senior staff appointments including Executive Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, Director General Maritime Development and Chief of Personnel Services. 

Admiral Garnett is a graduate of Carleton University, the Royal Navy Staff College Greenwich and the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College.  Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Navy League of Canada, the Board of Directors of Thales Canada Inc and is an Associate Consultant with CFN Consultants, Ottawa and an Executive Consultant with Innovative Training Solutions Inc, Victoria.

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