Defence Construction Canada (DCC) is a Crown corporation, accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. Created in 1951, it provides infrastructure services and full lifecycle support for Canada's defence requirements. Two of its Client-Partners are the infrastructure and environment (IE) group at the Department of National Defence (DND) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC). From project needs planning to building decommissioning, DCC's work covers a broad spectrum of activities.

The Corporate Governance Framework provides an overview of the corporate governance structure, principles and practices for the Board of Directors of DCC. A comprehensive Corporate Governance Framework is a key tool for Board efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. The objectives of this Framework include defining Board accountabilities and responsibilities, identifying key roles, and providing guidance. This Framework is subject to ongoing review, assessment and improvement. This Framework was approved by the Board on December 8, 2015 and will be reviewed annually by the Board.

As Order in Council appointees, the President and CEO, and members of the Board of Directors, are subject to legislation and guidelines issued by the Government of Canada as a condition of employment:

The President and CEO and members of the Board of Directors must provide an annual declaration that they are in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Act.

Board of Directors Code of Conduct

As a Crown corporation, we have a board of directors, which has been appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the Minister's recommendation. This board includes people from both the private and public sectors, who bring to the board their experience in engineering, construction, law and public policy. The make-up of the Board is guided by a Board profile outlining the variety of skills that supports its deliberations.

The Board of Directors mandate is entrenched in Part X of the Financial Administration Act (FAA). More detailed activities of the Board are outlined in its Charter.

The Board of Directors maintains two committees to assist it in its deliberations:

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee for Defence Construction (1951) Limited is mandated by the Board of Directors to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.

Current members of the Audit Committee are Ms. Lori O'Neill (chair), Mr. Paul Cataford, Ms. Shirley McClellan and Mr. Marc Ouellet. Click to view the Audit Committee Charter.

Governance and Human Resources Committee

The Governance Committee was reconstituted into the Governance and Human Resources Committee in March of 2010 and the roles and responsibilities of the Nominating Committee were subsumed by this Committee.

Current members of the Governance and Human Resources Committee are Mr. John Boyd (chair), Mr. Robert Presser, Mr. Marc Ouellet and James S. Paul (ex officio). Click to view the Governance and Human Resources Committee Charter.

The Board of Directors has the following members:
  • Robert Presser, Chair
  • John Boyd, Director
  • Paul Cataford, Director
  • Shirley McClellan, Director
  • Lori O'Neill, Director
  • Marc Ouellet, Director
  • James Paul, Director
To see their biographies, consult the Board of Directors page.
In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, the Executive Management Group plans and executes the business strategy as outlined in the Corporate Plan. The EMG is composed by the following individuals.
  • James Paul, DCC President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Daniel Benjamin, Vice-President, Operations
  • Alison Lawford, Corporate Secretary
  • Mélinda Nycholat, Vice-President, Operations
  • Ross Welsman, Vice-President, Operations
To see their biographies, consult the Executive Management page.

Defence Construction Canada is pleased to announce that we will be holding our next Annual Public Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Constitution Square, 350 Albert Street, 2nd floor, Constitution room, Ottawa, Ontario. Here is the agenda for this meeting. To register for this event, send an e-mail to to confirm your attendance.

Here is the summary of proceedings of the Public Annual Meeting held last June 1, 2015.