Paul Maddison is the Director of the University of New South Wales Defence Research Institute. Although located on the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus, Paul is responsible for enabling, facilitating, and integrating UNSW’s ground-breaking defence research capacity across the whole of the University in both Sydney and Canberra.
With a mandate to build deeper relationships and increased collaboration with federal, state, industry, academic and international partners, the Defence Research Institute aims to strengthen UNSW’s position as Australia’s leading defence university, and to play a defining role in accelerating the delivery of capability for the Australian Defence Force.
Paul is a graduate of Canada’s Royal Military College in St. Jean, Quebec and served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 37 years. He commanded at all levels, both at sea and ashore, and retired in 2013 from his appointment as Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Paul returned to public service in 2015 and served until 2019 as High Commissioner of Canada to Australia, with accreditation to seven Pacific island countries.