Commodore Angus Topshee

Commodore Angus Topshee is a Naval Warfare Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. His diverse academic background includes military and civilian institutions on three continents. He has deployed in ships around the world and has accumulated countless sea stories involving pirates, sharks, terrorists, volcanoes, whales, fires, and all the other things which make life at sea a true adventure. The highlight of his time at sea was his far too brief command of HMCS Algonquin in 2009-2010. His shore postings include two tours in the Navy’s Strategy directorate as penance for all of his sea time, three years in command of Canadian Forces Base Halifax, and two years as the Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy, and Plans at NORAD and USNORTHCOM Headquarters in Colorado Springs. He also deployed to Afghanistan for all of 2011 as the director of Afghan National Police Training within the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTM-A). Over the course of his career, he has somehow been involved in Arctic issues at every one of his shore postings (except Afghanistan). In July 2018, he was honoured and delighted to assume command of Canadian Fleet Pacific based out of Esquimalt, BC. Commodore Topshee’s career is enabled by a fantastically supportive wife and four tremendous daughters.