Art Agnew is an engineer with extensive systems engineering, project and procurement management who works with industry and government to solve difficult problems. Art has always believed that there is a solution to problems that works well for all – if only you understand what everyone needs.
Art has a track record of finding the right solution to seemingly intractable problems. When the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) needed a business planning system to manage its budget of over $2.5 billion dollars; he built the system from the ground up within two years, receiving accolades from the Auditor General. In the early 2000s, an enterprise resource program was needed to support Canada’s fighter fleet. Art led a team of contractors and military personnel to deploy a system that saved millions in procurement costs and was declared operationally essential by the Commander of the RCAF. When the Army was having difficulty deploying an unmanned surveillance drone to Afghanistan, he travelled to the Middle East to make sure the systems were fully operational, earning a Chief of Defence Staff commendation. Art commanded the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest squadron of over 600 personnel and led a complete change management process to improve performance by over 30% and restructured the transport fleet support. He was asked to work in London, England at the Canadian High Commission for four years, where he was given the opportunity to be the Commanding Officer of the headquarters and was successful at increasing the number of major military delegations attending the Defence and Security Equipment International trade show. He delivered the RCAF’s fifth C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft in record time for major capital procurement, seven months from inception to delivery, on-time and under budget, earning him the Vice Chief of Defence Staff commendation.
On retirement from the military, Art worked at the National Research Council as a business development officer doing client relations work for the Canadian National Defence. He managed to help the research and innovation agenda by increasing funding and working with industry to meet their research needs.
Art holds a Masters in Defence Studies and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Royal Military college. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College in Toronto.