Lynn G. Mason
Vice Admiral (Ret’d)
After serving for two years in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Admiral Lynn Gordon Mason joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Over the following 36 years he held six commands including the destroyer HMCS Iroquois, the Fifth Canadian Destroyer Squadron, NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic, the Canadian Forces College, Maritime Forces Atlantic, and finally the Navy.
At various times at National Defence Headquarters he was the naval advisor to the Canadian Delegation at the United Nations’ Law of the Sea Conference, was responsible for naval programs, and served as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff.
Retiring from the Forces in 1997, noteworthy were his appointment as the Senior Advisor on Professional Development to the Minister of National Defence and his work to validate of General Hillier’s transformation of the Canadian Forces’.
Admiral Mason also served as the Chair of both the Minister of National Defence’s Education Advisory Board and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal military College of Canada and of the Board of the Canadian Blood Services, and several not-for-profit boards.
From 1997 to 2008 he served as a Research Fellow at Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. In 2007 he assumed the responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer of CarteNav Solutions Inc until 2014 when he retired to become a director on the Board.
Admiral Mason has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dalhousie University and from the Royal Military College of Canada.