About Nigel Greenwood

Nigel Greenwood completed a 37-year naval career as the Commander of Canada’s Pacific naval forces. In this role he was responsible for: defence of Canada’s western maritime approaches; generation of ready forces for deployment to international maritime operations; Search and Rescue in the Pacific Northwest and over the landmass of BC and the Yukon; assistance to civil authorities for domestic emergencies and law enforcement; and maintenance of Canada’s maritime defence relations in the Pacific.
Strategy | Analysis | Leadership

May 2019

In Memorium – Frank W. Greenwood 1929-2019

By | May 15th, 2019|Leadership|

GREENWOOD, Frank Weston. Frank passed away 11 May 2019, in Victoria, BC, at 89 years of age. Beloved husband and soul-mate of Margaret ('Jo') for 65 years, father of Nigel (Deborah), Richard (Monika), and Kevin (Kim), and grandfather of Franz, Ian, Paul, Andrew, Maria, Tony, and Megan, he will be sorely missed but lives on [...]

Embarked in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

By | May 15th, 2019|Leadership|

From the 5th to 12th of May I had the priviledge of embarking in one of the most powerful assets of the US Navy - the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Named for the 26th President of the United States, this ship exemplifies "TR"'s maxim "Speak softly and carry a big stick." My role onboard was [...]

March 2019

Maritime Security Challenges Conference 2018

By | March 1st, 2019|Leadership|

In October, shortly after returning from 77 days away as ice-navigator in a bulk carrier bring iron ore out of northern Baffin Island, I was able to participate in the Maritime Security Challenges conference of Maritime Forces Pacific in Victoria. This gave me an excellent opportunity to share some of my practical perspectives on Arctic [...]

February 2018

SNAME “Polar Issue” of Marine Technology

By | February 6th, 2018|Ice Navigation, Risk Assessment|

I was honoured during my voyage onboard the Chinese research ship Xue Long last summer to be asked to write on risk management in ice for the Polar Issue of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers' (SNAME) magazine Marine Technology. Fortunately for me, I was very ably assisted by Ivana Kubat of the [...]