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Canada’s Role in Global Maritime Security

November 3, 2023 • 11:00 – 11:45 am EDT

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Please join the CSIS International Security Program (ISP) for a discussion with the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, and Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS senior vice president and ISP director.

Dr. Jones and VAdm Topshee will discuss a range of issues, including ongoing implementation of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, operations to support increased commercial traffic in the Arctic, and the Royal Canadian Navy’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This event is made possible by general support to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, CMM, MSM, CD

VAdm Topshee assumed his role as the 38th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy in May 2022. VAdm Topshee most recently served as Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific and has previously held command of Canadian Forces Base Halifax and Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Algonquin. VAdm Topshee has deployed to Afghanistan with NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan as Director of Afghan National Police Training Operations.

As Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, VAdm Topshee leads a force of 8,400 Regular Force and 4,000 reserve personnel. The Royal Canadian Navy guards Canada’s seas and its nearly 1.1 million square mile exclusive economic zone. The RCN operates extensively in the Arctic, giving it a unique perspective and skillset in the growing scramble for the High North.

VAdm Topshee was commissioned by the Royal Military College of Canada and holds a masters of literature in strategic studies from the University of Aberdeen. VAdm Topshee is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit and is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, amongst other awards.

Contact Information

VAdm Angus Topshee

Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, CMM, MSM, CD

Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and Chief of the Naval Staff
Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program