Peter Cairns

Ottawa Office

222 Queen Street, Suite 1502
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5V9

(613) 232-1576
(613) 238-5519

CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc.

Founders Square
1701 Hollis Street
Suite 800
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3M8

(902) 491-4279
(902) 429-5237

Peter Cairns
Associate Consultant
pcairns@cfncon.com

Vice Admiral Peter Cairns, C.M.M., C.D. retired in 1994 after 37 years of service in Canada's Navy. His career has had an operational focus with extensive command experience. He is a qualified submarine officer and his sea commands include a submarine, two frigates, a submarine squadron and a frigate squadron. He has had significant international experience having completed two tours in the Royal Navy, the United States Navy and on NATO's maritime staff.

VAdm Cairns' significant senior appointments include:

  • Director General Personnel Careers Officers where he was responsible for the career management of all officers in the Canadian forces below the rank of General Officer;
  • Assistant Chief of Staff Operations to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) in Norfolk Virginia where he was responsible for the production of SACLANT's strategic direction, the planning and execution of all SACLANT sponsored major exercises, the employment of the Standard Naval Force Atlantic and the operation of SACLANT's Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy;
  • Commander of Canada's Maritime Forces Pacific with the responsibility for the efficient and effective operation of the Pacific Fleet;
  • Commander of Maritime Command with the responsibility for the efficient and effective operation of the Navy.

Since his retirement VAdm Cairns has worked as a Director of Business Development with the Aviation Services Division of SPAR Aerospace and, for the last several years, as the President of the Shipbuilding Association of Canada.  Throughout, he maintains a close association with CFN.

VAdm Cairns is a graduate of the United States Naval War College, a member of the Naval Officer's Association of Canada, a Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and serves on the advisory board of the Maritime Affairs Newsletter.