Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

February 24, 2009 16:53 ET

PIPSC Appoints Acting President

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2009) -

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Following the passing of President Michele Demers, the Board of Directors of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) announces the appointment of Mr. Gary Corbett to the position of Acting 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 focussed 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. 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. 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.

Mr. Corbett's appointment is effective until June 21, 2009. Institute-wide voting for a new president will be completed by June 17, 2009. The term of office for the newly-elected candidate will be from June 22, 2009 until December 31, 2010.

In addition to the appointment of Mr. Corbett, the following appointments were also confirmed by the Board effective February 21, 2009:

- Acting Full-Time Vice-President: Don Burns

- Acting Part-Time Vice-President: Nita Saville

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 55,000 professionals and scientists.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Chantal Lecours
    613-228-6310, extension 2229
    613-864-4368 (cell)