Eng. / Fr.

Military Representative of Canada

Vice-Admiral Glenn V. Davidson, CMM, CD


Vice-Admiral Glenn V. Davidson is a native of Nova Scotia. He was educated at the University of King’s College in Halifax and enrolled in the Naval Reserve in 1970 while attending university. Following travels in Europe and a winter at sea with the offshore oil industry he transferred to the regular Navy in 1974.

Vice-Admiral Davidson specialized in navigation and air control, saw extensive sea time in both the Atlantic and Pacific, and received broad early experience in headquarters and operational staff duties. He commanded HMCS KOOTENAY from 1989-1991 and was acting squadron commander during preparations of Pacific fleet units for deployment during the 1991 Gulf War.

Following Japanese language training he was posted to the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo Japan as Canadian Forces Attaché from 1992-1995. On his return from Japan, Vice-Admiral Davidson was appointed Commander of Maritime Operations Group Two, which included seven frigates and destroyers and an operational support ship.

Vice-Admiral Davidson was promoted to Commodore in 1997 and appointed Director General Naval Personnel. He played a central role in major personnel changes for the Canadian Forces, including the landmark quality of life initiatives. Vice-Admiral Davidson continued in the personnel field following his promotion to Rear-Admiral in 2000 and appointment as Chief of Staff Human Resources for the CF. His tenure there was highlighted by major reinvestment in personnel, recruiting and medical services. He was appointed Commander in the Order of Military Merit in 2002.

Vice-Admiral Davidson commanded Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax from 2002 to 2004. The Command included some 8,000 military and civilian personnel, the largest military base in Canada and the Atlantic Search and Rescue Region. Throughout this period, operational activity was intense with continual deployment of ships to the Gulf theatre. He was named Person of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce in 2003.

Vice-Admiral Davidson was appointed Canadian Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Permanent Session at NATO Headquarters Brussels in 2004. He was awarded an honourary Doctorate in Civil Laws by the University of King’s College in 2007.

Vice-Admiral Davidson is married to Petra. They have one daughter, Eleanor. His interests include African weapons, 18th century maps, naval history and a variety of art.