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Director General, Digital Technologies

Organizational Unit: Digital Technologies 

Classification: MGT-4 

Tenure: Continuing 


NRC strives to have an impact by advancing knowledge, applying leading-edge technologies, and working with other innovators to find creative, relevant and sustainable solutions to Canada’s current and future economic, social and environmental challenges.

Your Challenge

Digital technology is the vanguard of innovation and the driver of real world transformation that impacts society in incredible ways as a force for good.  The National Research Council’s Digital Technologies Research Centre, through its research advancement and collaborations in support of governmental priorities, delivers value to Canadians by finding solutions to the challenges of today and into the future.


The Digital Technologies Research Centre’s objective is to make everyday life smarter and more intuitive for Canadians by making sense of data and information.  Its focus is advanced data analytics, AI (deep machine learning, natural language processing, machine vision), blockchains and cybersecurity. 


NRC is seeking a trailblazer to fulfill the role of Director General to lead the Digital Technologies Research Centre and join the ranks of its senior management team.

About the role....

Reporting to the Vice President, Emerging Technologies, the Director General (DG) will lead highly-skilled multi-disciplinary research teams with expertise in digital science/technology.  As the head of the Research Centre, you will:

  • be accountable for the research leadership, partnership development, stakeholder engagement, and day-to-day operations;
  • strategically position on-going projects with the over-riding objective to promote and enrich its large base of research activity;
  • spearhead special growth initiatives that include establishing new collaborative research centres with top Canadian academic institutions, proposing and leading ambitious and exciting new research programs and creating public-private consortia to develop a suite of digital tools and applications.


The impact of these activities is to advance knowledge, inform public policy, generate economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits to Canadians. As DG, you will continuously evaluate stakeholders needs by maintaining and further strengthening relationships with senior officials of industry, government, universities, and foreign organizations.  Your attuned sense of these dynamic requirements will enable an appropriate evolution of the Research Centre’s programs.  

About the candidate...

As a well-qualified candidate for this position, you are known for your leadership in digital research along with your abilities to inspire research teams and collaborate within a multi-stakeholder environment in achieving outcomes.  You bring significant experience in developing, maintaining and leveraging strategic partnerships, research alliances and client relationships with partners across all sectors. Ideally, you have recent experience in the development, marketing and transfer of technology from scientific organizations to industry. An outstanding communicator and trusted ally, your innovative approach in leading high performing teams in complex organizations will be valued in taking on this exciting challenge.  A post-graduate university degree in a relevant field, and proficiency in both official languages are highly preferred. 



NRC employees are committed to collaboration and dedicated to the betterment of life for Canadian citizens. To learn more about this exceptional opportunity to lead within the Government of Canada’s largest research organization, please email Renee Young at



The NRC values diversity in its workforce and encourages candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


To retain the best candidate, NRC may use interchange, secondment, or alternate programs for this hiring process.



Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2018-08-07

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