OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced the appointment of Ms. Adrian Burns as the newest Honorary Captain (Navy), affiliated with the office of the Director General Naval Personnel, in Ottawa.
"It is an honour to have Adrian Burns, a prominent personage in the national arts and business communities, become an Honorary Naval Captain," said Minister MacKay. "By maintaining a wide range of involvement in public and community interests, I have no doubt she will successfully help integrate our Navy in her surroundings."
Ms. Burns has dedicated her career to business, corporate governance, broadcasting, the arts and education, public service, and community involvement. Her diverse career highlights include being a Member of the Copyright Board of Canada, Chair of the Western Independent Producers Fund of CanWest Global Television, and a Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
"I am very honoured for being named an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy," said Ms. Burns. "I have always admired the women and men of our Navy and am thrilled to be affiliated with the office of the Director General of Naval Personnel."
"Ms. Burns is a distinguished Canadian who has a deep-seated connection with Canadians through her work in various and diverse Boards and organizations," said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. "She truly embodies the values of an Honorary Naval Captain, such as personal commitment and sense of duty, and I couldn't be happier welcoming her to our naval family."
Honorary Naval Captains act as a bridge between military and civilian communities, who represent diverse areas of Canadian society from politics and business to journalism and the arts. They bring with them unique skills and connections that help strengthen the Navy's ties to Canadian communities and promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues.
Honorary Naval Captains are quite visible, attending significant naval, Canadian Forces, and public events and ceremonies in uniform across the country. The Minister of National Defence, on the recommendations from the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy is the approving authority for all appointments. These appointments are generally for a period of three years, although extensions may be granted.
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