Peter joined the federal public service in 1980 and worked in various positions with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. Joining the Department of National Defence (DND) in 1987, he occupied a number of progressively senior positions in the areas of materiel management and administration, primarily as a procurement and finance specialist within the Materiel Group, assigned to aerospace projects.
Peter’s DND positions included serving as the Procurement Manager for the Contracted Flying Training & Support Project and Procurement and Finance Manager for the Maritime Helicopter Project. He also worked on the R/SAOC Project and on the acquisition of the CH-146 Griffon helicopter. Assignments in the operations & maintenance area included procurement support to the tactical and SAR helicopters fleets and the CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft. Peter was also a member of the CF-18 Tiger Team during the First Gulf War. In September 2000, he assumed the position of Director of Contracting Policy, a direct report to the Chief of Staff, Materiel.
In November 2001, Peter transferred to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to work as a Senior Industrial Benefits Advisor, primarily responsible for land and maritime files. Peter worked with prime contractors and regional small and medium enterprises on major marine files including Halifax Class Modernization, Joint Support Ship, Victoria Class In-Service Support Contract, Coast Guard Fleet Renewal and the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. On the land side, Peter managed key files including the Close Combat Vehicle, Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle, Tank Replacement, Force Mobility Enhancement, and Medium Support Vehicle System.
In January 2012, Peter retired from the Public Service of Canada after a 31 year career, to join CFN Consultants. At CFN, Peter provided clients with advice, information and exposure to the Canadian market in the areas of government procurement, industrial and regional benefits (offsets) and Canadian industrial capacity. Peter’s goal was to enable clients to successfully assess, penetrate and exploit the Canadian market as a direct supplier to government and/or industry, or as a partner with government, industry and academia.
Having supported CFN client QinetiQ plc, a major U.K. based aerospace and defence firm, for two years, Peter accepted the challenge of opening QinetiQ’s Canadian subsidiary, QinetiQ Canada Operations Limited (QCOL), in August 2014. As QCOL’s Vice President, Business Development & Sales, Peter was responsible for opening QCOL’s Ottawa office, and showcasing the broad range of QinetiQ’s international capabilities to Canadian clients at National Defence, Industry Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and other government and commercial entities.
Seeking to bring his new experience to the benefit of a larger array of clients, Peter returned to CFN in September 2015. Peter is dedicated to a single proposition – serve the client’s interests.