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November 2022
Manila, Philippines

Rear Admiral Bill Truelove
Managing Director at CSMART Academy


RAdm Bill Truelove, born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981. He attended Royal Roads Military College, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor's Degree in Military and Strategic Studies. After graduation, he completed his initial naval officer training in HMC Ship's CHALEUR, FUNDY, SASKATCHEWAN and QU'APPELLE. In 1986, he was assigned to HMCS ATHABASKAN where he served as a Bridge Watchkeeper, Navigation Officer and Above Water Warfare Officer. This was followed in 1990 by a two-year assignment at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, BC where he led leadership training and evaluation. 

In 1992, Bill was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and attended the year-long Operations Room Officer course. On completion, he was posted to HMCS IROQUOIS as Combat Officer until 1995, including a 7-month deployment to the Adriatic Sea in support of the United Nations Embargo on the former Yugoslavia. In 1995, he was selected as the Senior Staff Officer, Above Water Warfare in Maritime Command Headquarters following which he returned to Victoria in 1997 to assume Command of HMCS CHALEUR. In 1998, he attended the one year Canadian Forces Command and Staff College programme and was then promoted to Commander and appointed as Executive Officer of HMCS PRESERVER. RAdm Truelove returned to Victoria to command HMCS REGINA from August 2001 – August 2003, including a 5 month deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Apollo – Canada's contribution to the War on Terrorism. He then commanded the Naval Officer Training Center in Victoria, BC from September 2003 until June 2004. 

In July 2004, Bill was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island as a member of the Naval Command College Class of 2005, while also completing a Master's degree in International Relations at Salve Regina University. In August 2005, he was appointed as the Canadian Forces Naval Attaché in Washington and subsequently assumed Command of Maritime Operations Group Four in Esquimalt in July 2006. In 2007, RAdm Truelove moved to Ottawa and assumed duties as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff until July 2008 when he transitioned to Special Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff. He was promoted to Commodore in June 2009, and selected as Commandant and Vice Chancellor of the Royal Military College of Canada from 2009 – 2011. Following a 9-month deployment at ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy in the Strategic Communications Directorate, RAdm Truelove was promoted to his current rank in May 2012 and commanded Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific/Commander, Victoria Search and Rescue region from 4 June 2012 until July 2015.  During this period he also provided strategic oversight and direction to the Canadian Naval Training System and the Canadian Naval Reserves.

Bill culminated his 37 year military career as Commander, Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington) and Defence Attaché to the United States from July 2015 – July 2018. He was then globally selected to be the Managing Director of Carnival Corporations prestigious CSMART Academy ( ) in Almere, The Netherlands where he is responsible for the delivery of world class Bridge, Engineering and Leadership training to the Corporation’s Bridge and Engineering Officers.

A Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit and three times awarded the United States Legion of Merit, RAdm Truelove is married to Brenda (nee Foss) and has two children, Anthony and Ashley.

Agenda Sessions

  • Headline Session: Checking in on standards, training facilities and qualifications


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