December 23, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the appointment of Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, (born 1967) as Chief of the Defence Staff. On appointment, Vice-Admiral McDonald will be promoted to the rank of Admiral. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1990 and he holds a Master in Defence Studies. He attended the US GOFO Capstone Program in 2014. He is currently the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. The Change of Command ceremony to be held the week of January 11, 2021.