Paul Manson

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(officer, pilot, businessman)
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BornAugust 20, 1934
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Alma materRoyal Roads Military College, Royal Military College of Canada, Queen's University
Attended Bilderberg 1989 as outgoing Chief of the Canadian Defence Staff, before starting in Lockheed Martin.

General Paul David Manson is a retired Canadian Forces air force officer and Chief of the Defence Staff, who then worked for Lockheed Martin. He attended the 1989 Bilderberg meeting.

Early life and education

Born in Trail, BC, Paul Manson attended both Royal Roads and Royal Military College of Canada.[1] He was appointed Cadet Wing Commander in both colleges[1] winning the H.E. Sellars Award at Royal Roads[2] and the Sword of Honour at RMC.[1] After graduating from RMC in 1956, he attended Queen's University in Kingston, and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1957.[1]

He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff College[1] and attended National Defence College from 1973-1974.[3]

Military career

Manson received his wings in 1957 and subsequently was a fighter pilot in Germany, France and Canada.[4] He was Commanding Officer of 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron before becoming Program Manager of the New Fighter Aircraft Program in 1977, which led to the selection of the CF-18 Hornet.[5]

He went on to be Commander 1 Canadian Air Group in 1980, Commander, Air Command in 1983 and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of National Defence in 1985.[6] In 1986, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed him Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, a position he held until his retirement from the military in 1989.[6]

Business career

Following his military service, he was the president of Paramax, a Montreal-based aerospace company, eventually retiring from business as Chairman of Lockheed Martin Canada in 1997.[6]

Volunteer work

Upon retiring from the business world, Manson worked full-time from 1997 until 2005 as volunteer Chairman of the "Passing the Torch" campaign, which raised $16.5 million in support of the new Canadian War Museum.[7][1] He was on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation from 2000 to 2006, and during that time, he chaired the Canadian War Museum Committee and the Canadian War Museum Building Committee for the new museum, which opened in 2005.[8] He is past Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.[9][10]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests