Industry luminaries program members
FORMER COMMANDER – CANADIAN ARMED FORCES OPERATIONS
General Stu is a strategic leader who is deeply experienced in all aspects of the business of National Security and Defense. Transitioning from 36 years of military service, he joined Accenture in January 2016. Stu now serves Accenture clients, working at the intersection of industry and the military, enabling each to understand the best of the other. He is a member of Accenture’s Global Defense Leadership Team and Accenture’s Global Defense Advisory Council. Stu champions digital as core to defense and as the business of defense leaders.
While serving in the military, he commanded and oversaw Canadian Armed Forces Operations at home, on the continent and globally across land, sea, air, space and cyber. He also worked closely with more than a dozen interagency and international operational partners.
FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF – ALBERTA GOVERNMENT
Upon retirement from active service in the Canadian Armed Forces, Tom joined Alberta public service, first in the Department of Municipal Affairs, then in the Legislature as a chief of staff in the Departments of Infrastructure and Education. While there, he worked with many partners at the municipal and federal levels.
Tom joined the Canadian Forces in 1986 and graduated from the Royal Roads Military College. He served as an Instructor and a Tactics Instructor with the Canadian Forces, where he focused on developing young leaders. His return to Regimental Duty included a tour in Bosnia and the appointment as Regimental Adjutant. Tom deployed to Afghanistan with his Squadron for a six-month tour of duty in January 2002 as part of Canada’s first commitment of forces to that nation. Subsequently, he was posted to the National Defence Headquarters where he worked in the offices of the Minister of National Defence and Chief of Defence Staff.
FORMER DEPUTY COMMISSIONER – ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
Peter is a strategic advisor for Policing and Public Safety within Accenture’s Health and Public Service practice in Canada.
FORMER COMMANDER – ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Ron was the 35th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (CRCN) from 2016-2019, retiring as a Vice Admiral. He was responsible for force generation and force development, and he also provided advice and support to deputy ministers and ministers.
During his tenure as CRCN, he was called upon to be the Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for five months and he was appointed as the Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence’s first Chief Data Officer for one year. Ron has extensive headquarters and operational experience.
FORMER CORPORATE CIO – GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO
David is a proven information technology and business executive who coalesces senior teams around key strategic, operational and financial decisions. He has a successful track record as a member of, and advisor to, executive committees in financial services and government, guiding and influencing decisions that enhance product and service delivery.
For the Government of Ontario, David was accountable for strategy and planning for IT delivery across 30 diverse ministries. He led IT transformation from inefficient siloes to a federated model with application solutions supported by cost-effective shared infrastructure services. David also created an evolutionary IT strategy focused on digital government services, the use of data and the role of IT in innovating government services.
FORMER, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER – STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
Prior to retiring from Accenture, Rick served as a managing director in Health and Public Service for more than 16 years, using his experience in rural and regional economic development. Rick served 13 years in government first as the executive vice president of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, as the first director of AdvantageWest and then as the assistant secretary for the North Carolina Department of Commerce in 1996.
Beginning in September 1997, Rick was appointed by Governor James B. Hunt as the North Carolina chief information officer to guide IT initiatives over his three-year tenure. He continues to work on state and local government as the Chair of the National Association of Chief Information Officers Corporate Leadership Council.