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In July 2017, Duncan Retson was appointed Regional Director General of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Atlantic Region. In this role, he is responsible for the staff and operations at eleven offices across the four Atlantic Provinces. The PSPC Atlantic team delivers real property, procurement, and a range of other services, including program requirements of the former Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, now part of PSPC’s Cape Breton Operations. Originally from Nova Scotia, Duncan is happy to be back home after 16 years in Ottawa. There he worked at PSPC’s headquarters, most recently as Director General of Operations in the Parliamentary Precinct, and previously as Director General of Portfolio and Government Affairs, including responsibility for Intergovernmental Relations and for the Office of Greening Government Operations. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister. His initial work with the Department was in the Atlantic Region as Regional Director of Corporate Services, Strategic Management and Communications.

Before joining PSPC, Duncan worked as an executive at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in the Government Operations Sector and as the director responsible for managers’ and professional development programming at the Canada School of Public Service. Earlier in his career, Duncan managed a large corporate operation at the Department of National Defence. He also worked as an analyst in a number of roles: on policing files at Public Safety Canada, on public safety and justice files in Social Development Policy at the Privy Council Office, and on official languages at National Defence. He began his career in the private sector as a technical sales manager for a multinational laser and optics firm, working primarily with government and university-based clients.

Duncan holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, English, and Education from Acadia University and Master’s degrees in English from Western University and in Public Administration from Queen’s University.

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