After holding senior positions at INAC, Mr. Williams was then appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Supply Operations at PWGSC where he was responsible for ensuring the fairness, transparency and integrity of the procurement process. Appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) at DND in 1999, he was responsible for ensuring effective materiel acquisitions for both DND and the Canadian Forces. Retiring from the public Service in April 2005, Mr. Williams is now President of The Williams Group, providing expertise in the areas of policy, programs and procurement.
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I fell into the trap of believing that there was truly a desire to change the system.
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