Governance

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.

  • Corporate Governance Framework

    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.

  • Values and Ethics

    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


    DCC's employee Code of Business Conduct reaffirms the ethics, values and expected standard of conduct for all employees of the Corporation. Because DCC employees award and manage contracts involving hundreds of millions of dollars, the bar for ethical standards is set very high. By complying with appropriate standards of conduct, employees reinforce the Corporation’s reputation, image and success.

    Adherence to the code, which applies to all employees of the Corporation, is a condition of employment. The Code requires that employees sign a document certifying that they have read and understand the code and that they are obliged to review the code once a year. A thorough review of the Code of Business Conduct is a key component of the Corporation’s on-line values and ethics training package which is mandatory for all employees. New employees complete this training package as part of their initial orientation.

  • Board of Directors Profile and Charter

    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.

  • Board Committees

    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.

    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.

    Click to view the Governance and Human Resources Committee Charter.

  • Board of Directors Biographies

    The Board of Directors has the following members:

    • Moreen Miller, Chair
    • Steve Anderson, Director
    • Stephen Burbridge, Director
    • Derrick Cheung, Director
    • Cynthia Ene, Director
    • Claude Lloyd, Director
    • Angus Watt, Director

    To see their biographies, consult the Corporate Structure page.

  • Executive Team

    In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, the Executive Team plans and executes the business strategy as outlined in the Corporate Plan. The Executive Team is composed of the following individuals.

    • Derrick Cheung, President and Chief Executive Officer
    • Karl McQuillan, Vice-President, Operations
    • Mélinda Nycholat, Vice-President, Operations
    • Ross Welsman, Vice-President, Operations
    • Juliet Woodfield, Vice-President, Finance & HR and Chief Financial Officer

    To see their biographies, consult the Corporate Structure page.

  • Annual Public Meeting

    On July 9, Defence Construction Canada (DCC) held its 2020 Annual Public Meeting as a pre-recorded webcast. The meeting provided stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the Corporation's performance and achievements, as well as its plans for the future.

    Moreen Miller, Chair of the DCC Board of Directors, Derrick Cheung, President and CEO and Juliet Woodfield, Vice‑President, Finance & Human Resources, and Chief Financial Officer presented at the meeting.

    Members of the public may view the webcast on YouTube.

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