Upcoming Events

C.D Howe In Partnership with Canada Company Presents:

Defence Procurement for the 21st Century

Roundtable Luncheon with Lisa Campbell, Patrick Finn and Lisa Setlakwe

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Where: Fairmont Chàteau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Quebec Suite

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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.

Complimentary registration will be given to members of the C.D. Howe Institute and Canada Company for this discussion. To register, please email Tammy at

Meet the Speakers

Lisa Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Marine and Defence Procurement

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.

Patrick T. Finn, Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)

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.