Lieutenant(N) Paul R. Simas with The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario
COMMANDING OFFICER: Lieutenant (NL) Paul R. Simas, CD Lt(NL) Simas naval career started in 1996, as a naval reservist at HMCS YORK as a Naval Combat Information Operator. In 1997, Lt(NL) Simas transferred to the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) as a Sea Cadet Instructor at RCSCC VANGUARD and was commissioned as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant in 1998. As a CIC Officer, Lt(NL) Simas was promoted to his current rank, Lieutenant(Navy) in 2006. Lt(NL) Simas held many positions in several Sea Cadet units in the GTA, including serving as Executive Officer of RCSCC ILLUSTRIOUS in 2004, and Commanding Officer of RCSCC VANGUARD from 2006 to 2009. After a successful tenure of command, Lt(NL) Simas transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in the rank of Captain. While in the Air side from 2009 to 2010, Lt(NL) Simas served as a Level Instructor for 618 “Queen City” RCAC Squadron and as Deputy Commanding Officer of 707 “Major General Rohmer” RCAC Squadron. During the same time, Lt(NL) Simas also served as an instructor at the Regional Cadet Instructor School, based in Borden ON. From 2013 to 2016 Lt(N) Simas served as Commanding Officer of RCSCC ONTARIO, and from 2016 to 2019 Lt(N) Simas served as Commanding Officer of RCSCC SCARBOROUGH. Lt(N) Simas has served as Reviewing Officer for NLCC ARK ROYAL in 2004 and NLCC PRINCE OF WALES in 2017 Lt(NL) Simas has a long history with the Navy League of Canada as a Sea Cadet Officer, but started working as a Navy League Officer in 2012, when his daughter joined NLCC REVENGE in Mississauga. Lt(NL) Simas joined the staff of NLCC COMPASS ROSE in September of 2017, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant(NL) in that organization in 2017. Lt(NL) Simas took command of NLCC COMPASS ROSE unit in January of 2018. Lt(NL) Simas has also served as an instructor at the Navy League Officer Training Course, responsible for teaching the Senior Leadership Course, qualifying experienced officers to take command of their respective units. In January 2020, Lt(NL) Simas, along with Branch President Don D'Souza, Lt(NL) Simas launched NLCC ADVENTURE in Milton and had an initial enrollment of 27 cadets!
Lt(NL) Simas has served on many community board of directors, including the Naval Association of Canada, the Naval Officers Association Scholarship Fund, the Naval Club of Toronto, the Toronto Sea Cadet Alumni Association and as Secretary of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (Toronto). Lt(NL) Simas is a proud member of 344 Royal Canadian Legion.
Lt(NL) Simas is a recipient of many awards including the Navy League Long Service Medal, The Navy League Community Service Award, The Navy League Certificate of Service, the Naval Officers Association of Canada Bronze Medallion, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration. Lieutenant (NL) Simas lives in Mississauga and is married to Luciana (née Fernandes). He has 2 children, Beatriz and Filipe, both serving as a Sea Cadets, having retired from Navy League Cadet program, and one red bow-tie-wearing black-Maine-Coon cat named Sherlock. Lieutenant(NL) Simas works for Air Canada as a Service Director and enjoys travelling, reading, drawing and computer art!
Lieutenant (NL) Simas has served in the following units:
NAVY LEAGUE CADETS: NLCC ADVENTURE - Commanding Officer * Current NLCC COMPASS ROSE - Commanding Officer NLCC REVENGE - Instructor