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Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard

As chief executive officer of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the commissioner ensures that the CCG delivers its programs and meets its operational performance targets by:
  • setting CCG objectives and priorities;
  • approving resource allocations;
  • ensuring that resources are managed well; and
  • reviewing CCG’s financial situation.
The commissioner is responsible for reporting and explaining CCG expenditures to ministers, parliamentary committees, and the public.



The commissioner reports to the deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The commissioner has the authority of an associate deputy minister, with one exception: comptroller functions are provided by the assistant deputy minister of Human Resources and Corporate Services, DFO.

Mr. Marc Grégoire

Mr. Marc Grégoire
Mr. Marc Grégoire
Mr. Grégoire graduated in civil engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1978 and completed the courses curriculum of the master’s degree program in transportation at the Université de Montréal. He obtained his airline pilot license in 1980 and joined Transport Canada, Québec Region, in 1983. At Transport Canada, he held various positions with increasing levels of responsibility such as Regional Director of Civil Aviation and Regional Director General (Québec Region).

In September 2003, Mr. Grégoire was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Transport Canada. The Safety and Security Group is responsible for the development and enforcement of regulations and national standards, as well as for the implementation of monitoring, testing, and inspections, which contribute to safety and security in the aviation, marine, rail and road modes of transport.

In June 2010, Mr. Grégoire was appointed Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). CCG owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians. As a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, it helps the department meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada’s oceans and waterways.

SOURCE: Canadian Coast Guard.

See also
Canadian Coast Guard
Former Commissioners of the Canadian Coast Guard

External Links
Canadian Coast Guard Official Website

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