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Tom Ring has nearly 40 years of federal government experience. Most recently, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister (Acquisitions) at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), and Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) at the Department of National Defence (DND). While at PWGSC, he was responsible for all defence acquisitions and was the government’s lead negotiator on many complex procurement files. While at DND, Mr. Ring was responsible for all strategic and crisis communications, including the war in Afghanistan, the Defence Policy Statement and various defence procurement files. Prior to joining National Defence, he worked in several federal departments, including the Canadian Coast Guard, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Human Resources Development Canada and the Privy Council Office. Mr. Ring holds an M.A. (War Studies) from the Royal Military College of Canada.