March 2020 - Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) - Troy Crosby

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  • Twenty-three year career in the Canadian Armed Forces and ten years as a public servant with the Department of National Defence, Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
  • Worked in various Defence acquisition and modernization projects and provided project oversight as a Director General and as the Chief of Staff for the Materiel Group.


  • Deliver the materiel and services required by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
  • Support CAF operations by providing logistics and broad support to military equipment and systems.
  • Responsible for defence materiel liaison and coordination with other departments, governments and interdepartmental organizations.
  • Functional authority for the Department’s materiel assurance program that ensures materiel and services delivered are safe, available, fit for service and compliant.

Key facts

Total Employees:

  • 4,600 (~3220 civilians, ~1380 military)


  • $6.1B ($2.9B capital, $3.2B national procurement & operating)
  • Manages $25.26B in capital asset equipment and $5.6B in inventory

Primary location(s):

  • National Capital Region
  • Montreal
  • Valcartier
  • Cold Lake
  • Esquimalt
  • Nanoose

Key Partners


  • Vice Chief of Defence Staff
  • Army, Navy, Air Force
  • Special Operations Command
  • Chief of Military Personnel
  • ADM(Information Management)
  • ADM(Finance)

External: (including other government departments)

  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Canadian and international defence industry

Top Issues for Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)

Defence Procurement Complexity

Challenge: The complexity of defence procurement is such that the Department is challenged to get timely approval of projects and programs.

Mitigation: Risk-based approach to contract approvals pilot project with Public Services and Procurement Canada and Treasury Board Secretariat, project approval process renewal and implementing the recently received increased contracting authority to $5 million for the procurement of competitive goods and services will help streamline and optimize defence procurement.

Complexity of Capability Delivery Process

Challenge: Capability delivery is complex due to the evolving nature of strategic environment and competing mandates across Government.

Mitigation: The Materiel Group is implementing a number of initiatives contained within Canada’s defence policy to enhance Corporate Account Forecasting, to improve the Project Management Competency Development Framework, and to collaborate with Other Government Departments on effectively using the Defence Procurement Strategy Secretariat.

Workforce Capacity and Capability

Challenge: The Materiel Group is challenged to fully execute Strong, Secure, Engaged due to insufficient workforce capacity and capability. Our skilled workforce is aging, and we are facing strong competition from the private sector for the scarce specialty engineering and defence procurement talent.

Mitigation: To assist in overcoming this challenge, two strategic initiatives are being executed by the Materiel Group: Grow and Professionalize the Defence Procurement Workforce and Cultivate Knowledge Sharing and Management.

Inventory Valuation

Challenge: Demonstrating appropriate compliance with Government Public Account management policies, including inventory management, is challenging due to the magnitude of the Department’s holdings.

Mitigation: To assist in overcoming this challenge, three strategic initiatives are being executed by the Materiel Group: Modernize Inventory Management, Implement and Maintain Internal Control over Financial Management, and Exploit the Defence Resource Management Information System - the integrated Enterprise Resource Planning tool and system of record for finances and materiel acquisition and support.

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