A native of Taber, Alberta, Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Ron Lloyd was the 35th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy from 2016-2019. During that time he was also “double hatted” as the acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for almost half a year and as the first Chief Data Officer for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces for a full year.

During his 38 year career in the RCN, he was privileged to have commanded HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS ALGONQUIN, the PACIFIC Fleet and the ATLANTIC fleet. He has extensive operational experience having deployed on numerous occasions globally.

Lloyd has over a decade of experience at National Defence Headquarters having also served as the Deputy Commander of the RCN, the Chief of Force Development for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Director General of Force Development for the RCN and Executive Assistant to the Commander of the RCN.

Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College (1985) and a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College (2004). He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff Course and the National Security Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He has also attended the HARVARD Kennedy School, Executive Education, Senior Executives in National and International Security.

Today, as Principal of Leadmark Ventures, he shares his experience in leadership, strategic planning and digital transformation with organizations committed to providing innovative solutions that enhance public sector performance in defence and non- defence related activities.


A Commander’s Call to Action: Committing to innovation and Realizing the Naval Force of Tomorrow
Lessons Learned from C4ISR and Beyond 2021
The Canadian Surface Combatant: Capability and Context




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