Ex-CSIS chief named deputy defence minister

Ward Elcock

Ward Elcock

Canadian Press
Updated: Thu. Aug. 5 2004 11:59 AM ET

OTTAWA — Ward Elcock, who led the country's spy agency for a decade, has been named the top bureaucrat in the Defence Department.

Elcock will become deputy minister, replacing Helene Gosselin, who has filled the job on an acting basis since December.

Elcock, 56, is a 30-year veteran of the public service.

He was named director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 1994 after spending five years as deputy clerk of the Privy Council for security and intelligence.

Before that, he was assistant secretary to the cabinet for six years.

Elcock earned a BA in political science from Carleton University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall law school before joining the Energy Department as a lawyer in 1975.

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