The Canadian Coast Guard was founded in 1962 when Transport Minister Leon Balcer renamed and reorganized the Department of Transport’s Marine Service. In 1975, the associate deputy minister responsible for the Coast Guard was rechristened the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, who retained that title when the Coast Guard was transferred to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and amalgamated with its fleet in 1995.
The Commissioners of the Coast Guard have been:
William A. O’Neil, 1975-80.
Vice-Adm. Andrew Laurence Collier CMM DSC, 1980-83.
Ranald A. Quail, 1984-93.
John F. Thomas, 1993-96.
David B. Watters, 1997-98.
Maj.-Gen. John Lawrence Adams CMM CD, 1998-2006.
George Da Pont, 2006-10.
Marc Grégoire, 2010-now.