Chief of CSEC: John Forster

Chief, Communications Security Establishment Canada

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Mr. Forster was appointed Deputy Head and Chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) effective January 30, 2012.

Professional Experience

Prior to his appointment as Chief, CSEC, Mr. Forster served as the Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure from 2009 to 2012, where he oversaw the design and delivery of many of the Government's infrastructure stimulus programs under its Economic Action Plan. He joined Infrastructure Canada in 2006 as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Communications, and was responsible for policy development, communications and research and oversaw the launch of the Building Canada Plan.

Previous to his tenure with Infrastructure Canada, Mr. Forster was the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for Safety and Security at Transport Canada where he developed a transportation security strategy and focused on transportation security issues in aviation, rail, transit and marine modes. He joined Transport Canada as Director General, Environmental Affairs in January 1998, and became Director General, Surface Programs for Transport Canada in 2001. In 2001, Mr. Forster received the Minister of Transport's Medal for outstanding achievement at Transport Canada.


Mr. Forster has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from York University. He has completed studies in environmental economics at Harvard.