Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 18, 2009 19:28 ET

Gary Corbett Elected President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The Board of Directors of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) announces the election of Mr. Gary Corbett to the position of President of PIPSC.

Mr. Corbett brings over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors to the role of President of PIPSC. As an employee of Natural Resources Canada, he worked as a scientist conducting operational research in the coal mining industry in Cape Breton. Relocating his family to Ottawa following the close of the Cape Breton coal industry in 1998, he focused his attention on policy development as it affects the role of public science in decision-making. He also extensively increased his activities within PIPSC. Mr. Corbett's commitment to serving fellow members of PIPSC over eighteen years has been wide-ranging. He has served as a Steward, Chairperson of the Cape Breton Branch, Chairperson of the Physical Sciences (PC) Group, Director and Chairperson of the National Capital Region, and for the past five years, as a full-time National Vice-President and Acting President. He has most recently been a strong advocate for the concerns of all PIPSC members, particularly those who work in the fields of science and technology in the federal public service.

Mr. Corbett was instrumental in the development of the Institute's Scholarship Program and he played a leading role in the Institute's 2007 Science Policy Symposium, which brought together leading scientists from the public, private, and academic sectors in support of public science policy issues such as the recruitment and retention of federal scientists, and the need for adequate and sustainable funding of science-based government departments and agencies.

Mr. Corbett holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Cape Breton, as well as a Master's degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University. He is a member of the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada and currently resides in Ottawa with his wife of 27 years, Huena, and their four children Charity, Paul, Stefan and Cara, and their granddaughter Autumn-Rose.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 57,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

Contact Information

  • Chantal Lecours
    613-228-6310 extension 2229 or 613-864-4368 (cell)
    Pierre Villon
    613-228-6310 extension 2228 or 613-794-9369 (cell)