Commodore Bradley Peats was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1971. The son of an Air Force officer, he was raised on Air Force bases across Canada. He began his own career in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1989 enrolling in the Regular Officer Training Program at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, Ontario, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994.
Commodore Peats commenced his seagoing career with the Royal Australian Navy where he obtained his bridge watch-keeping certificate. Upon his return from Australia, he joined HMCS Regina deploying immediately to the Persian (Arabian) Gulf as part of Operation Prevention in 1997. This deployment was followed closely by a second to the same region, this time as part of Operation Augmentation in 1999, in which he held the duties of Navigating Officer. Additional sea tours included two years as an Operations Room Officer in HMCS Calgary and an appointment as Executive Officer in HMCS St, John's, where he deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Horatio in 2008. His final operational period at sea was as Commanding Officer of HMCS Vancouver, deploying as part of Operation Mobile, the Canadian contribution to Operation Unified protector, the 2011 NATO-led international response to the crisis in Libya.
Shore tours included instructor and Commandant of the Naval Officers Training Centre, the year-long Operations Room Officer Course, and career manager at Director General Military Careers in National Defence Headquarters. In addition, Commodore Peats attended the year-long Joint Command and Staff Programme and the National Security Programme, both at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
Recent tours include Commander of the Fourth Maritime Operations Group in Victoria, BC, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force North in Yellowknife, NT, Director of Programmes at the Canadian Forces College and Director General Plans within the Strategic Joint Staff.