Oakville naval leader appointed Chief Aide-de-Camp in Ontario

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Published July 10, 2023 at 10:32 am

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell appointed Lieutenant-Commander Shekhar Gothi of Oakville as the new Chief Aide-de-Camp in Ontario. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO OFFFICE PHOTO

Lieutenant-Commander Shekhar Gothi of Oakville has been named the new Chief Aide-de-Camp in Ontario.

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell made the announcement of the Gothi’s appointment to the important provincial volunteer role.

Honorary Aides-de-Camp are military or civil officers in uniform, action on a volunteer basis, who mark the official status of The Queen’s representative and accompany the Lieutenant Governor to all official engagements.

“He has served in the (Royal Canadian Navy) for 32 years and brings with him leadership skills and a distinguished record that will support the Crown well in Ontario,” said the Lieutenant Governor.

The 51-year-old Gothi was born in Gujarat, India before moving to Canada at the age of six.

In May of 2022, he was named the Innovation Director of CANSOFCOM, leading the team that is enabling the Command’s operational capabilities with strategic engagements throughout the innovation ecosystem.

His role includes establishing and cultivating relationships across whole-of-government, industry, start ups, academia, and students in Canada’s “Virtual Force.”

In 2004, he joined the HMCS Star and in 2010 was named the 33rd commanding officer of the naval ship, which has operated in Hamilton since 1923. Gothi commanded the naval ship of some 200 regular and reserve military members for over two years.

“Congratulations to Oakville’s own, Lieutenant-Commander Shekhar Gothi, on your appointment,” Oakville MP and Minister of National Defence Anita Anand said on Twitter. “Thank you for your three decades of leadership and service in the (Royal Canadian Navy). Canada is grateful.”

Other positions Gothi has held include a United Nations Military Observer in South Sudan (Jan. 2008 to Aug. 2008), Executive Assistant to the Military Chief of Staff (2009-2010), Naval Warfare Officer (1995-2015) and a Detachment Commander CDA Borden (2013-2015).

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