List: Honorary Captains of the Royal Canadian Navy

These distinguished Canadians—appointed by the Minister of National Defence—are leaders in their respective fields and take on the role of ambassador for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to the Canadian people as a whole. Honorary Navy Captains come from all across the nation and are committed to making a difference for Canada through their support of the RCN.

Honorary Navy Captains, formally written as Honorary Captains (Navy) and abbreviated before a person’s name as HCapt(N), are an integral part of the RCN family.

Below is the list of Honorary Navy Captains, and their affiliated formation, unit or supporting unit.


  • Janet Austin, OBC (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Malahat, Naval Reserve Division in Victoria)


  • Jim Balsillie (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Star, Naval Reserve Division in Hamilton, Ont.)
  • Adrian Burns (Chief of Naval Staff, Ottawa)


  • Dr. Wendy M. Cecil, CM, BA, LLD, FRCGS (Naval Personnel and Training Group Headquarters)
  • Queenie Choo (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Vancouver, home port of Esquimalt, B.C.)


  • Deborah Eisan, CD (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Margaret Brooke, home port of Halifax)


  • Fred George, ONS, MSM, PhD (Canadian Forces Base Halifax)


  • Anita Huberman (Canadian Fleet Pacific Headquarters, a unit of Maritime Forces Pacific, Esquimalt)


  • David Labistour (Commander Canadian Submarine Force, a unit of Maritime Forces Pacific)
  • Dale Lastman, CM, OOnt (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto, home port of Halifax)
  • Karina Leblanc, CM (Naval Reserve)
  • Candice Lys, MSM, PhD, MA (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Yellowknife, home port of Esquimalt)


  • Mark McQueen, MSM (Chief of Naval Staff)
  • Rachel Mielke (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Queen, Naval Reserve Division in Regina)


  • Nik Nanos (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Carleton, Naval Reserve Division in Ottawa)


  • Tom Paddon (Canadian Fleet Atlantic Headquarters, a unit of Maritime Forces Atlantic, Halifax)


  • Colin Robertson (Chief of Naval Staff)


  • Jeanette Southwood, BASc, MASc, FCAE, FEC, LL.D (h.c.), P.Eng (Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott, a unit of Maritime Forces Atlantic)


  • Janice Taylor (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina, home port of Esquimalt)
  • Moïse Tousignant, CD, F. PI (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Donnaconna, Naval Reserve Division in Montréal)
Les capitaines de vaisseau honoraires portent cette épinglette sur leur uniforme, ce qui permet de reconnaître leur statut spécial.

Honorary Navy Captains wear this lapel pin on their uniforms, which identifies their special status.

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