Richard Gravel is the AJISS Halifax Manager / Coastal Operations Manager at Thales Canada Defence and Security (TCDS), where AJISS is the ‘AOPS and JSS In Service Support contract.’ He is an engineer and retired naval officer (retired 2014), having completed a 35-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. He is a former Commanding Officer of the navy’s Fleet Maintenance Facility in Halifax, and also served as Canada’s Naval Attache in Washington, DC, as well as having held a leadership role in the RCN’s Halifax Class Modernisation Project. Before starting up the Thales office in Halifax, following his retirement from the navy, Rich provided business development support to a number of international clients in the Defence sector.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering, as well as a Masters of Defence Studies, both from the Royal Military College of Canada. Richard and his wife Sandy live in Wellington, Nova Scotia. They have three grown children.