Government selects shipbuilding advisor

The Government of Canada has selected Steve Brunton as Expert Advisor to assist on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).

Steve Brunton, a retired Rear Admiral from the Royal Navy (United Kingdom), will call on his extensive experience in overseeing shipbuilding programs and naval acquisitions to provide Ministers and senior government officials with independent expert advice on multiple facets of the NSPS, including risk and program management, construction benchmarking and competitiveness, and performance and operational improvements.

Through the NSPS, the Government is supporting the renewal of the Canada Coast Guard fleet, and is ensuring that the Royal Canadian Navy is able to operate as a true-blue water maritime force. The NSPS will also bring long-term economic benefits to the marine industry and related sectors in communities across Canada.

Steve Brunton, CBE MSc MCGI CEng FIET FCMI, is currently providing strategic program and risk advice to the UK Ministry of Defence. In addition, he worked for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy for 36 years, most of which was spent in the area of acquisitions.

The contract is for one year, with potential one-year extensions up to 10 years. The annual value of the contract will vary depending on the tasks performed.

“Steve Brunton’s extensive experience and expert capability make him particularly well-suited for this work, and provide excellent value to Canada. Engaging him will help us to anticipate and address challenges face on, and to continue to make progress on our commitments on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy,” said the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

“I would like to take the opportunity to welcome Steve Brunton as Expert Advisor to assist on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. I look forward to working with him as we deliver critical capabilities needed by the brave naval men and women of our Royal Canadian Navy so that they can defend Canadian waters and take part in international missions well into the future,” said the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.

“The addition of Steve Brunton as Expert Advisor on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy underscores our government’s commitment to robust and effective procurement. Through the NSPS, the Canadian Coast Guard will see its fleet renewed with maximum benefit to Canadians, supporting the important work of our Coast Guard,” said the Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy offers a long-term plan to help sustain and create highly skilled jobs for Canadian companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises. I look forward to working with Steve Brunton and my colleagues to ensure that this work delivers economic and regional benefits throughout the industry, while supporting new technological expertise that will help the industry grow and innovate now and into the future,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.