MARPAC Command Team

Commander Maritime Forces Pacific

REAR-ADMIRAL ART MCDONALD, MSM, CD

RAdm McDonald  - Commander MARPAC

RAdm McDonald - Commander MARPAC

Rear-Admiral Art McDonald assumed Command of Maritime Forces Pacific and of Joint Task Force Pacific on 22 July 2016.

Immediately prior to assuming Maritime Forces Pacific Command, then-Commodore McDonald served as Director General Naval Force Development (DGNFD) from 2013 to 2016, overseeing planning and conduct of the largest peacetime renewal in RCN history.  His previous Chief of Naval Staff experience included serving as Director Naval Requirements from 2012 to 2013 as well as a tour as Executive Secretary to the Chief of the Maritime Staff from 2005 until 2007.

As a sea-going officer, he served in Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Vancouver (Bridge Watch Keeper (BWK), 1991-1992), Montreal (BWK, 1992-1994), and Calgary (Above Water Warfare Officer (AWWO), 1994-1996; and Operations/Combat Officer (OpsO/CbtO), 1996-2000). During two six-month deployments in Calgary, he circumnavigated the globe in 1995 and participated in UN sanctions enforcement in both the Adriatic Sea (1995) and the Arabian Gulf (twice: 1995 and 1999). As the Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC) Weapons Officer 2001-2002, he oversaw the Fleet's exercise missile firing programme and he again deployed to the Arabian Gulf/Sea - this time as a Task Group Watch Officer in flagships Ottawa and Algonquin for Operation APOLLO (Roto 1), the Canadian contribution to the global war on terrorism. After next serving as Executive Officer (XO) in Regina 2003-2005, he then commanded HMCS Halifax 2007-2009. While commanding Halifax he was also double-hatted in 2008 as Chief-Staff-Officer Operations, Canadian Fleet Atlantic. Upon promotion to Capt(N) and while serving as Commander Fifth Maritime Operations Group (CMOG5) in 2010-2011, he led sea-based humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as the Maritime Component Commander (MCC) of Canadian Joint Task Force (Haiti) (CJTF(H)) in response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. As CMOG5 he also commanded a seven ship combined, multi-national naval and coast guard Task Group in the High Arctic in 2010's Operation NANOOK.

A Bluenoser born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Rear-Admiral McDonald is a 1990 graduate of the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Military and Strategic Studies and a Masters of Defence Studies Degree. He is also a 2003 graduate of the Canadian Forces College (CFC) Command and Staff Course and a 2012 graduate of the National Security Programme (NSP).

Maritime Forces Pacific Chief Petty Officer

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS GRÉGOIRE, MMM, CD

CPO1 Grégoire

Chief Petty Officer Grégoire enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on the 1st of November 1986 as Naval Weapons Technician.  He served at sea in HMCS Terra Nova, Yukon, Mackenzie, Annapolis, Fraser, Halifax, Ville de Québec, St John’s, Toronto and Sea Training Atlantic.  During his sea time, he has conducted the following operational deployments: Op FORWARD ACTION, Op SHARPGUARD, Op APOLLO, Op UNISON and Op REASSURANCE.  

In his shore posting, he served extensively at the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School in such duties as Halifax Class equipment instructor, Halifax Class Senior instructor, Naval Weapon Technician course scheduler and as the Naval Weapons Training Chief.  Additionally, he also served as a Special Projects Technician at Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre (Halifax) and as the Deputy Parade Chief for the Consecration of the Queen's Colors on the 27th June 2009.  Chief Petty Officer Grégoire became a member of the Order of Military Merit in 2009.  He is a graduate of the NCM Executive Professional Development Program at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston earning a Certificate of Military studies in 2013.  He assumed his first appointment as Coxswain of HMCS St-John’s in June of 2013 and was able to support the Replace in Position (RIP) to help sustain HMCS Toronto in OP ARTEMIS.  

In April of 2014, Chief Grégoire was appointed as Coxswain of HMCS Toronto where he carried out his last major deployment in support of our NATO allies as part of Op REASSURANCE measures.  As of July 2015, Chief Petty Officer Grégoire has been appointed as the CWO of the Chief of Force Development organization which is responsible for developing future capabilities required to produce strategically relevant, operationally responsive, and a tactically decisive military forces. 

CPO1 Grégoire assumed his current appointment as Formation Chief Maritime Forces Pacific in September 2016.

Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and Naval Training System

COMMODORE J.B. ZWICK, OMM, CD

CAPTAIN(N) J.B. ZWICK

Originally hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Commodore Jeffery Zwick joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 as a Direct Entry Officer, having previously received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of British Columbia. As a junior officer from 1993 to 1999 he progressed through initial naval officer training and subsequent naval warfare positions through to Combat Officer in HMCS ALGONQUIN.

Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1999, his position as the Weapons Officer for the Canadian Pacific Fleet prepared him for assuming the duties of the Staff Above Water Warfare Officer for the Commander of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL) in 2001. While with SNFL, he participated in OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, in support of NATO Article 5 operations against terrorism in the Mediterranean. This NATO experience was followed by his appointment in 2003 as the J5 Maritime Plans in the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group (CFJOG) in Kingston, Ontario. There he led the Consular Planning Assistance Team during OPERATION HELIX, the Non-Combatant Evacuation of over three hundred people from Haiti. As well, he was a member of the Theatre Activation Team for OPERATION HALO, the operation to assist the United Nations sanctioned multinational force in bringing stability to Haiti. His international experience was further rounded out after his appointment as the Executive Officer of HMCS TORONTO in 2004 during OPERATION ALTAIR with his ship’s integration into the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Battle Group. OPERATION ALTAIR is the Canadian Forces maritime contribution to the U.S. led coalition campaign against terrorism known as OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

In 2005, he was promoted to Commander and joined the naval staff in NDHQ as the Senior Staff Officer for Fleet Management, Policy and Readiness. As a well seasoned naval and joint warfare expert his duties included oversight of Canadian naval policy and readiness issues for Above Water Warfare, Under Water Warfare, Seamanship and Navigation. Appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS MONTREAL in June 2007, one of the highlights of his command was leading his ship through OPERATION CARIBBE, a coalition counter narcotics mission, during which MONTREAL provided direct support in the seizure of the MV AGENMEMON which was carrying 4.3 metric tonnes of cocaine.

Promoted in 2010, Captain(N) Zwick served as the Director of Strategic Coordination in Ottawa and following that appointment served as the Director of Defence Force Planning and Defence Program Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff.

In 2015 Commodore Zwick was promoted to his present rank and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and Commander of the Naval Training System.

Commodore Zwick holds a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies and is a graduate of the National Security Programme at CFC Toronto. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2015. He and his charming wife Marta are currently residing in Victoria, British Columbia.

Base Commander CFB Esquimalt

CAPTAIN (NAVY) JASON BOYD, MSM, CD

Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd

Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd grew up in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, and was recruited into the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994 to play hockey at the Royal Military College of Canada while pursuing a degree in Political Science and Economics. After completing his degree in 1998, Captain (N) Boyd was posted to Victoria to train as a Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface (MARS) Officer and to learn about the Navy, versus the arena.

Throughout his career as a MARS Officer, Captain (N) Boyd has worked as a bridge watchkeeper in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Iroquois, ashore as a Shipborne Air Controller (SAC) and SAC Training Officer, as an Anti-Air Warfare Controller and Combat Officer in HMCS Algonquin, and Executive Officer of HMCS Ottawa. He was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina in May 2012, deploying for more than 8 months to the Gulf of Oman region in on Operation ARTEMIS that same year. Captain (N) Boyd also completed the Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto in 2010.

Captain (N) Boyd’s career has taken him across Canada from Victoria to Ottawa to Halifax as well as internationally to Northern Europe as part of NATO in HMCS Iroquois in 1999, Afghanistan as part of Operation APOLLO in 2002, and the Asia-Pacific region in HMCS Ottawa in 2010.

Captain (N) Boyd served two tours as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School in Halifax, which gave him an opportunity to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of naval officers, and in 2012 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Naval Officer Training Centre in Victoria. In 2014, Captain (N) Boyd served in Ottawa as the Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, enabling him to gain experience about the strategic environment in Ottawa. He was appointed Director of New Capability Introduction in the summer of 2015, where he worked every day to ensure the seamless introduction of new capabilities during the Royal Canadian Navy’s largest recapitalization in its peacetime history. In 2016, Captain (N) Boyd was assigned the role of Sea Combat Commander and Commander of Combined Task Group 170.1 for the John C Stennis Carrier Strike Group where he exercised control over 15 ships from over 9 participating nations.

Captain (N) Boyd assumed his current position of Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on June 22, 2017. Outside of work, Captain (N) Boyd enjoys golfing, spending time in his boat fishing or towing his kids on the tube, and he continues to play hockey for the CFB Esquimalt Senior Tritons.  He is ever thankful for the continued support of his wife Deborah, his son Taylor and daughter Grace.