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Assistant Deputy Minister

Defence Research and Development Canada

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence science and technology, developing and delivering new technical solutions and advice to the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, other federal departments, and the safety and security communities across Canada. Founded in 1947 and acting as a special operating agency of the Department of National Defence, DRDC also works with partners in academia, government, industry, and with Canada’s allies. For more information, visit:

The evolving need for enhanced safety and national defence requires agility and responsiveness, effectively signalling that the delivery of science and technology in support of this growing need is more important now than ever before. With the current innovation system being dispersed and global in reach, accessing external capacity and finding solutions internationally is critical to the ongoing success of DRDC. It is within this context that Defence Research and Development Canada invites applications and nominations for the role of Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM)—a role that oversees the vision, strategy, implementation, management, and innovation mandate of DRDC.

Reporting to the Deputy Minister of National Defence as well as the Chief of the Defence Staff, among other areas of responsibility the Assistant Deputy Minister is accountable for: the strategic vision of the organization; promoting a culture of innovation; ensuring its eight research centres and laboratories across Canada are managed effectively; and, guiding people through ongoing change. With extensive knowledge of Canadian and international strategic security and defence issues, the ADM will work with colleagues to foster cutting-edge scientific research, analysis, practices, and programs. They will also develop, foster, and maintain strong relationships as well as mutually beneficial partnerships with other governments and international organizations, academia, and industry.

For the role of Assistant Deputy Minister, the successful candidate must bring extensive experience in setting strategic direction and providing leadership in the development of policies, programs, and frameworks related to science and technology, as well as providing scientific, research, and development advice and briefings to senior leadership and diverse audiences. The new ADM will have the executive presence, gravitas, and confidence to: provide sound advice and recommendations in connection to addressing defence and security challenges; work effectively with central agencies (such as Privy Council, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Department of Finance) and key relevant departments (such as Public Safety Canada); and, lead transformation initiatives, which would involve chairing committees that work to develop collaborative and joint programs. The ideal candidate is proficient in both English and French, and possesses a doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (preferably with a specialization in engineering, economics, social sciences, natural or life sciences, or another discipline most closely related to the position) or a combination of education and relevant experience.

DRDC invites applications from all qualified candidates. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their resume to Jason Murray at BIPOC Executive Search ( or Michael Williams at Odgers Berndtson ( To apply in confidence, please submit your resume online at