Originally hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Rear-Admiral Jeffery Zwick joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 as a Direct Entry Officer, having previously received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of British Columbia. As a junior officer from 1993 to 1999 he progressed through initial naval officer training and subsequent naval warfare positions through to Combat Officer in HMCS ALGONQUIN.
Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1999, his position as the Weapons Officer for the Canadian Pacific Fleet prepared him for assuming the duties of the Staff Above Water Warfare Officer for the Commander of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL) in 2001. While with SNFL, he participated in OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, in support of NATO Article 5 operations against terrorism in the Mediterranean. This NATO experience was followed by his appointment in 2003 as the J5 Maritime Plans in the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group (CFJOG) in Kingston, Ontario. His international experience was further rounded out after his appointment as the Executive Officer of HMCS TORONTO in 2004 during OPERATION ALTAIR.
In 2005, he was promoted to Commander and joined the naval staff in NDHQ as the Senior Staff Officer for Fleet Management, Policy and Readiness. He was then appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS MONTREAL in June 2007. Promoted in 2010, Captain(N) Zwick served as the Director of Strategic Coordination in Ottawa and following that appointment served as the Director of Defence Force Planning and Defence Program Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff. In 2015, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and Commander of the Naval Training System.
Rear-Admiral Zwick was promoted to his current rank in 2018, and assumed the role of Chief of Force Development in Ottawa. Thereafter, in 2020, he was appointed to the role of Chief of SSE Combat Systems Integration.
Rear-Admiral Zwick holds a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies and is a graduate of the National Security Programme at CFC Toronto. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2015. He and his charming wife Marta are currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario.