Tom Ring has nearly 40 years of federal government experience. Most recently, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister (Acquisitions) at Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) at the Department of National Defence. While at PWGSC, he was responsible for all defence acquisitions and was the government’s lead negotiator on many complex procurement files. He is one of the architects of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Defence Procurement Strategy and the Smart Procurement initiative. He also managed the CF-18 replacement program and the Maritime Helicopter Project. While at DND, he was responsible for all strategic and crisis communications for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, including the war in Afghanistan, the Defence Policy Statement and various defence procurement files. Prior to joining National Defence, he worked in senior management, operational and advisory roles in several federal departments, including the Canadian Coast Guard, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Human Resources Development Canada and the Privy Council Office. He holds an M.A. (War Studies) from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches a Graduate level course in communications.