Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Gary L. Garnett, CMM, CD, joined CFN on 1 October 2002, after completing a 38-year career in the Canadian Forces.
At the time of his retirement, Admiral (Ret'd) Garnett was completing a 4-year tour as the Vice Chief of Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters. As the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister and Chief of Defence Staff, he had extensive experience in human resources management, strategic planning, corporate restructuring, program management, policy decision making and international affairs. He has proven expertise at the most senior level of leadership in the Canadian Forces and has interacted with all levels of government. He has been a champion of change to the way the Department of National Defence has traditionally done its business.
Garnett was a weapons specialist seagoing naval officer who, in the 1980s, commanded Atlantic based ships HMCS Iroquois and Huron, the Sea Training Unit Atlantic and the Pacific based Second Canadian Destroyer Squadron. His senior naval appointments in the 1990s included Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Commander Maritime Command when the Naval Headquarters returned from Halifax to Ottawa, thus becoming the first Chief of Maritime Staff.
In National Defence Headquarters in the 1990s, Admiral Garnett held several senior staff appointments including Executive Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, Director General Maritime Development and Chief of Personnel Services. He brings his in-depth knowledge of the RCN and DND to CFN clients wishing to understand the inner workings of the Navy, the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence
Admiral Garnett resides in Victoria, B. C., and, during his time with CFN, has completed a variety of contracts in the general areas of port security and related business opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises. Several of these SMEs such as Madesco Technologies, OceanWorks International, Safe Software Inc. and Daniels Electronics have become clients of CFN. He also provides local support to Seaspan Marine
He is a graduate of Carleton University, the Royal Navy Staff College, Greenwich, and the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College. Currently he is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University, Past President of the Navy league of Canada and member of the Canadian Naval Review Editorial Board.