Change of leadership for Canadian Coast Guard in Western Canada

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This week, Assistant Commissioner Roger Girouard retired from the Canadian Coast Guard after over 40 years in public service in the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. During his tenure in the Canadian Coast Guard, his leadership was instrumental in introducing new capabilities, building-up the workforce, responding to several significant incidents, implementing the Oceans Protection Plan, and advancing positive relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Roger’s proactive and direct approach with the marine industry was refreshing and helped to shape pragmatic solutions.

Derek Moss has been named the new Assistant Commissioner and will lead the Western regional team. Before joining the region, Derek was the Senior Director Fleet in Central region, where he managed the Coast Guard’s vessel and aircraft fleets in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, northern gulf of St. Lawrence, Hudson Bay, and Arctic waters. Derek served in National Headquarters in Ottawa as the Senior Director Operational Support, responsible for policy on fleet readiness and requirements, icebreaking program, Aids to Navigation and Waterways, and Marine Communications and Traffic Services. Previously in the Coast Guard, Derek was the Director, Incident Management and subsequently the Director, Maritime Security and Intelligence. Prior to joining the Coast Guard, Derek served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was Commanding Officer of the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Regina.

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