2009 Guest Speaker

Rear-Admiral Robert Davidson, CD, BSc, MBA
Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff

Rear-Admiral Robert Davidson joined the Canadian Forces Reserves in 1977. He transferred to the Regular Force in 1982 in order to specialize in submarines. After completing a tour aboard HMCS OJIBWA, he served a three year exchange with the Royal Navy aboard HMS WALRUS. He returned to HMCS OJIBWA in 1989 to command it. Later, he was posted on exchange in charge of Sea Training for the Australian Submarine Squadron. When he returned to Canada he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Submarine Operations for Maritime Forces Atlantic. This was followed by Command of the frigate HMCS ST. JOHN'S from 1997 until 1999. Highlights of this tour include two six-month NATO deployments, with Standing Naval Force Atlantic and Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.

He was promoted Captain (Navy) in 2000 and was appointed Director Naval Personnel Requirements at NDHQ. This was followed by command of the Fourth Maritime Operations Group in Esquimalt, and subsequently Deputy Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific. He commanded Canadian Fleet Atlantic from June 2006 until April 2008.

Rear-Admiral Davidson deployed with HMC ships IROQUOIS, CALGARY and PROTECTEUR from April to October 2008 to participate in Operation ALTAIR, Canada's maritime contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom. This deployment included a period in Command of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for coalition maritime security operations in the region spanning from the Gulf of Oman through the Arabian Sea to the Horn of Africa and into the Red Sea. Upon his return from sea, Rear-Admiral Davidson was promoted to his current rank and assumed the leadership of the Strategic Joint Staff as Director of Staff in December 2008.


Cadet CPO2 Scott Durling, HCol Bob Vandewater and RAdm Robert Davidson

RAdm Robert Davidson and Cadet CPO2 Scott Durling

Hon Louis Ralph (Bud) Sherman, Cadet WO Erin Harper and RAdm Robert Davidson

RAdm Robert Davidson and Cadet WO Erin Harper

HCol Barry Rempel, Cadet WO1 Curtis Shonoski and RAdm Robert Davidson

RAdm Robert Davidson and Cadet WO1 Curtis Shonoski

Cadet WO1 Curtis Shonoski, Cadet WO Erin Harper, RAdm Robert Davidson and Cadet CPO2 Scott Durling

Lt(N) Kevin Daeninck, Cadet CPO2 Scott Durling, RAdm Robert Davidson and Ms. Lynn Hawkeye with Sea Cadet Guests