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P PROCUREMENT 28 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2015 NAVIGATING COMPLEXITY Major-General (Ret'd) Doug Dempster is the executive director of the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership and champion for their complex project leadership initiative. He has served previously as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management in Brussels and chief strategy ocer for National Defence. A tale of three projects M uch of the recent debate on Canadian defence acquisition has tended to gravi- tate towards projects in difficulty. This tends to obscure the positive outcomes achieved by successful projects. As the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa prepares to start its Masters of Business in Complex Proj- ect Leadership in the fall of 2016, we have been examining potential complex project case studies as learning tools. While we will certainly seek examples from non-defence domains and other countries, we believe that we need to select some particularly relevant Canadian acquisition ex- periences that can serve as models. We are seeking a set of projects that meet the criteria of strategic impact, domain complexity, resilience to change and government-industry collaboration. In some situa- tions, we may be able to compare Canadian projects with similar ones in foreign jurisdictions. This article will explore an initial small sample of three successful Major Crown Projects: the Aurora Incremental While much of the public remains transfixed on defence projects that have gone wrong, successful navigation through future programs requires attention to what has gone right. Photo: LS Dan Bard, Formation Imaging Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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