Ward Elcock


Ward Elcock
Senior Fellow Honorary

email: welcock@uottawa.ca

a headshot of Ward Elcock


Ward Elcock spent more than 40 years in the Canadian public service. Most recently, he was Special Advisor on Human Smuggling and Illegal Migration in the Privy Council Office (2010-2016). Prior to that appointment, he was Federal Coordinator of Olympic and G8/G20 Security (2007-2010), Deputy Minister of National Defence (2004-2007), Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (1994-2004), Deputy Clerk for Security & Intelligence, Privy Council Office (1989-1994). Prior to that last appointment, Ward was General Counsel for the Privy Council Office, and before that he was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Legislation and House Planning) in the Privy Council Office and General Counsel, Legal Services in the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. In the 1970s, Ward worked as a lawyer in the Departments of Energy, Mines and Resources and Finance as well as the Treasury Board Secretariat. Ward is a graduate of York University (L.L.B., Osgoode Hall Law Society School) and Carleton University (BA, Political Science).



  • Security and intellegence
  • Defence
  • Illegal migration
  • Public-sector management
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