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Defence Procurement for the 21st Century


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Roundtable Luncheon with Lisa Campbell, Patrick Finn and Lisa Setlakwe
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Ottawa ON, Quebec Suite, Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street
  • Defence Procurement for the 21st Century

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Defence procurement in Canada has historically required a delicate balancing act between the requirements of the Forces, the promotion of industrial regional benefits, and concerns about value for money. After the federal government’s public consultations on a major review of Canadian defence policy, join the individuals on the front-lines for an off-the-record discussion of the current regime.

We are happy to extend complimentary registration to C.D. Howe Institute members and Canada Company to this roundtable discussion in Ottawa. To register, please email Tammy Trepanier at ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.


Lisa Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence and Marine Department, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Lisa Campbell was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Acquisitions Branch in January 2015. On December 8, 2015, Ms. Campbell became Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence and Marine Procurement. In this role, she works in close collaboration with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Procurement in managing a team of over 2,000 employees and delivering more than $15 billion in acquisitions for 140 government departments and agencies.

Ms. Campbell leads the organization that is the government's primary defence and marine procurement service provider. The Acquisitions Branch provides specialized negotiation and contracting services, notably for the Canadian military, for which it establishes and manages contracts to acquire a wide range of technically complex systems for land, naval and aerospace environments. This includes the acquisition and maintenance of ships, aircraft, armoured vehicles and weapons, as well as complex security and information systems. Given the global nature of supply chains, requirements for interoperability and compliance with trade agreements, Ms. Campbell and her group regularly engage with counterpart agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Ms. Campbell has extensive experience in the private and public sectors. As a litigator in private practice, she worked in the areas of criminal, competition and constitutional law. She has also held numerous senior management positions within the federal public service, including at the Department of Justice Canada, the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Competition Bureau.

Ms. Campbell holds a bachelor of arts in political science from McGill University and a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie Law School. She is a graduate of the Canada School of Public Service's Advanced Leadership and Living Leadership Programs. She has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1993.​


Patrick T. Finn, Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel), Department of National Defence

During his thirty-five year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Patrick Finn developed expertise in leadership and management in the domain of materiel readiness for operations, and in complex project management.  After serving in various ships and submarines, Pat worked in various acquisitions and modernization projects for the Royal Canadian Navy, and subsequently provided oversight for projects in all branches of Canada's military.


Lisa Setlakwe, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Lisa was appointed Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Sector in September 2016, after having served as Executive Director of the Industrial Technologies Office (ITO) since April 2014.  

Prior to her appointment, Lisa also realized the following accomplishments:

After completing her Bachelor in Economics at Queen’s University in 1991, she began working with Revenue Canada Customs and Excise where she spent three years in Ottawa on the implementation of the GST.

In 1994, she moved to Atlantic Canada to pursue a new career challenge with the Royal Bank of Canada, where she spent five years in the commercial finance sector.

Afterwards, Lisa moved to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency where she spent eight years in the field of regional economic development, holding a number of management positions in the areas of Programs, Trade and Investment, Corporate Services and Policy and Advocacy & Coordination.

She joined Industry Canada in 2008 as the Deputy Regional Executive Director with the Atlantic Regional Office. In 2009, after spending fifteen years in the Atlantic Region, she relocated to Ottawa to pursue opportunities in the National Capital Region within Industry Canada, particularly with the Science and Innovation Sector as the Director of the National Access Programs Directorate and as the Director General for Policy.

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