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Military Representative of Canada

Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean, OMM, CD

2002 - 2004


Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and joined the Canadian Forces in 1970 while attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

From graduation in 1972 until 1986, he served primarily in Canadian Navy, but also Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. He was appointed in command of HMCS OKANAGAN, a Canadian Oberon class submarine in 1982. A two-year exchange with the Australian Submarine Squadron in Sydney followed this command, where he was responsible for submarine sea training. It was also during this period that he commanded, for several months, HMAS OXLEY and HMAS ORION - both Australian submarines.

Appointments followed at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, Ontario, from 1986 until 1992, in the Directorate of Submarine Requirements and as Director Maritime Force Development.

Posted to Victoria, British Columbia, in 1992, he was Commanding Officer in the supply ship, HMCS PROVIDER until 1994 and Chief of Staff to the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific from 1994 until 1995.

He returned to Ottawa in 1995 on promotion to Commodore as Director General Maritime Development, in National Defence Headquarters and was seconded to the Privy Council Office in 1997. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1998 and took up duties as Director General International Security Policy at NDHQ. Rear-Admiral MacLean assumed command of Maritime Forces Atlantic in summer 2000.

Upon promotion to his present rank, Vice-Admiral MacLean was appointed to the post of Canadian Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Permanent Session, in Brussels, Belgium in August 2002.

Vice-Admiral MacLean holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.


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