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Vice Admiral Christian Canova, MSM, COM, OWC, MM, NMO, LH


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Vice Admiral Christian Canova, MSM, COM, OWC, MM, NMO, LH

Vice Admiral Christian Canova is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He graduated from the French Naval Academy in 1978 and the U.S. Naval War College in 1994. He also completed the Security and Defence Course in 2000 at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.

Vice Admiral Canova has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and has served as the Deputy Commander of the NATO Allied Maritime Command since 1 September 2012.

Vice Admiral Canova was commissioned into the French Navy in 1976. As an Anti Submarine Warfare specialist, he spent the first part of his career in combat information centres onboard destroyers and frigates during the Cold War from 1980 to 1989. Thereafter, he became familiar with crisis operations “from the sea” (Lebanon 1983, Libya 1984,Persian Gulf 1990-1994, Somalia 1991 and West Africa 1999-2003). He was also involved in humanitarian and constabulary operations as commanding officer and senior leader (Guyana 1998, Caribbean 1999, Somalia 2011). He commanded five years at sea: corvette “D’Estienne d’Orves” in 1992, frigate “Ventose” in 1998, and amphibious & command ship “Foudre” in 2001.

Vice Admiral Canova’s staff experience includes procurement duties on ASW weapons, a tour at the U.S. Naval Doctrine Command in Norfolk, Virginia, then at the French Joint Staff in Paris (NATO-EU policy desk), and as senior staff officer for the French Military Representative to NATO Military Committee in Brussels. He was assigned from 2005 to 2010 to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia as Senior French National Representative, and on promotion to Rear Admiral in September 2007, as SACT Flag Officer for Research, Technology and Capability Development.

Upon his return to Paris in September 2010, Vice Admiral Canova became General Inspector of the French Navy, but was deployed six months in Northwood, UK as Deputy Commander of the EU Operation ATALANTA. He was promoted to Vice Admiral on 1 January 2012 and subsequently assigned on September 1st 2012 as Deputy Commander NATO MARCOM Northwood, UK and elevated to the rank of Vice Amiral d’Escadre.

Vice Admiral Canova’s honours, awards and decorations include:

  • Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College (Canada)
  • Officer in the Legion of Honour (France)
  • Officer of National Meritorious Order (France)
  • Officer of the Maritime Merit (France)
  • Overseas War Cross (France)
  • Combat Operations Medal (France)
  • National Defence Medal (France)
  • Overseas Service Medal (France)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (United States of America)
  • Gulf War Medals (Multiple Countries)
  • Operation ATALANTA Medal (European Union)

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Vice Admiral Christian Canova is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.