Tom Wright’s 35 years as a senior executive, policy maker and problem solver with the Government of Canada brings a unique mix of experience and expertise to the challenges of working effectively with government.
Tom began his government career in 1972 as Special Assistant to the Hon. Herb Gray and subsequently served as his Executive Assistant at Industry, Trade and Commerce. He then joined the Public Service which culminated with his appointment as Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry Sector at Industry Canada in 2006.
A problem solver and trouble shooter throughout his career in government, Tom was sought out to lead a wide array of key federal government files through periods of change. At Industry Canada, he led organizations that addressed competitiveness challenges in a range of sectors including aerospace and defence, automotive, transportation, resource and environmental industries. Tom also served as Deputy Director of the Competition Bureau responsible for Fair Business Practices and he was Executive Director of the Technology Partnerships Canada program prior to assuming the duties of Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada. Early in his career, Tom worked in product safety, regulatory development, federal/provincial relations and industrial and regional development.
Fluently bilingual, Tom holds degrees from the University of Windsor (Political Science) and the University of Toronto (MBA) and is a graduate of the National Defence College of Canada.