Breaking New Ground—Stories from Defence Construction Breaking_new_ground - Page 115

Major-General Daniel Benjamin was the founder and first Commander of the Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM). He proved to be instrumental in developing a closer relationship with DCC through deployable engineering support in Jamaica and Afghanistan. He would later become the Canadian Forces Chief Military Engineer (CME) and Chief of Staff (Infrastructure & Environment). He retired from the CF in 2011 and subsequently joined DCC as Vice-President, Operations, Corporate Planning and Service Delivery. A reallocation of responsibilities and authorities was made to service line managers so that they could operate independently of the business management structure. However, the success of the matrix approach called for complete collaboration and information sharing between the two structures. Initially the traditional regional structure remained dominant, but over time the organization of the national service lines and the regional structure were integrated successfully. associated with the current security environment. DCC had to establish relationships with the new Canada Command, Canadian Expeditionary Force Command and the Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM). Some of the new relationships formed during this transitionary period, particularly with CANOSCOM, were instrumental to DCC’s increased involvement in support to deployed operations both in Canada and abroad. Responding to change In accordance with the government’s new practice, Ross Nicholls was invited in the fall of 2005 to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates on the subject of his proposed reappointment as President and CEO. The committee members acknowledged the accomplishments of the Corporation under his leadership, and, without taking time for in camera discussion, as is usually the case, unanimously supported his reappointment for a further term. Undergoing reviews As these changes progressed, the structure and process of government continued to be reviewed. The Federal Accountability Act came into force in December 2006, aiming to help ensure transparency and account- ability for government organizations. At about the same time, the Treasury Board Secretariat was examining the governance framework for Crown corporations. In many cases, DCC’s management had already anticipated the requirements of all of these reviews—no major changes were needed in response to any of the reports; however, DCC used them to gauge its own processes, and to continue improving them wherever appropriate. In 2005–06, the Chief of Defence Staff led a transfor- mation exercise to redefine the CF command and control structure to suit a new focus on joint operations and to improve response to the asymmetric threats BREAKING NEW GROUND DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA The Parliamentary Task Force on Procurement Reform led by the Honourable Walt Lastewka, the Parliamentary 105