Vice Admiral Scott Bishop
Military Representative – Canada
Vice Admiral Scott Bishop was promoted to his current rank and appointed as the Military Representative of Canada to NATO in June 2021.
Originally from Vancouver, British-Columbia, Vice Admiral Bishop embarked on a naval career by first joining the Naval Reserve at HMCS Discovery in 1983. Two years later, he transferred to the Regular Force and joined HMCS Restigouche as a bridge watch-keeping officer.
Early on, Vice Admiral Bishop specialized in navigation, and served as the Navigating Officer in HMC Ships Chignecto, Miramichi, Qu'appelle, and Provider. He was also the Senior Navigation Instructor at the Naval Officer Training Centre. In 1995, Vice Admiral Bishop was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and posted to HMCS Vancouver as the ship's Combat Officer. In 2000, he was appointed Executive Officer in HMCS Athabaskan. After being promoted to the rank of Commander in 2003, he was selected to command the frigate HMCS Halifax in 2005.
Vice Admiral Bishop's operational experience includes OPERATION FORWARD ACTION to enforce UN Sanctions against Haiti while in Provider and OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, NATO's maritime contribution to the campaign against terrorism while commanding Halifax. In 2011, he deployed on OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR as the Chief of Current Operations in the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters to enforce NATO's no-fly-zone and embargo against Libya. Other Naval command appointments include Commander Maritime Operations Group Five, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, and Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic.
In 2016, the Rear Admiral Bishop assumed command of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, which he led through significant growth and expansion for five years until his promotion in 2021.
Over his career, Vice Admiral Bishop has worked in many staff appointments, including: member of the Chief of Defence Staff's capability action teams; Director of Transformation and Strategic Planning for the Chief of Force Development; Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff; Director of Operations with the Strategic Joint Staff and, Director General International Security Policy.
Rear Admiral Bishop holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the US Navy's War College. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 2016.