Memo to all staff from the Deputy Minister

Jody Thomas
Senior Associate Deputy Minister Jody Thomas has been appointed as the new Deputy Minister of National Defence effective October 23, 2017.

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Today I am pleased to announce that the Prime Minister has appointed our Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Jody Thomas ‎as the new Deputy Minister of National Defence effective October 23, 2017. Jody is well known to many of you across the Defence Team and brings with her a wealth of experience to her new role. We are very fortunate to have her take on the role of Deputy Minister and I am sure you will join me in congratulating her on this new assignment.

I am also pleased to report that the Prime Minister has appointed Gordon Venner as Associate Deputy Minister. As ADM (Pol), Gordon has been a valuable member of the management team playing a key leadership role in developing the new Defence Policy. I want to congratulate Gordon on his promotion.

Finally, the Prime Minister also appointed Bill Matthews as the new Senior Associate Deputy Minister. Bill was the Comptroller General at the Treasury Board Secretariat and brings considerable experience in resource and project management to the Defence team.

We are fortunate to have three excellent individuals take on these new leadership roles at Defence. Congratulations to all three and I am sure they can count on your full support in the years ahead.

John Forster
Deputy Minister
Department of National Defence

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