Director General for the Hazards, Adaptation and Operations Branch, Lands and Minerals Sector – Natural Resources Canada
Rory has been with Natural Resources Canada since 2006. He is currently the Director General for the Hazards, Adaptation and Operations Branch, Lands and Minerals Sector, which conducts scientific research to better understand and protect Canadians from natural hazards like earthquakes, space weather and radiation; helps Canada become more resilient to climate change; collects and produces mineral and mining statistics; and provides logistics for science in the Canadian Arctic. Rory is also NRCan’s DG lead for issues related to the North and on climate change adaptation, including the development of the National Adaptation Strategy.
Previously, he was the Director General, Science Policy Integration Branch of the Canadian Forest Service, where his responsibilities included: ensuring alignment of the CFS S&T portfolio to Government of Canada and departmental priorities; communicating the impact of NRCan’s work to partners and stakeholders; creating an environment to sustain excellence in science; and advancing science-policy integration.
Prior to joining the federal public service, Rory undertook over a decade of extensive international experience in economic development work in Africa and the Middle East, and holds a MSc in Resource Economics from UBC.