Donald Messier is the Director General, Cyber and IT Security Infrastructure at Shared Services Canada. Mr. Messier works collaboratively with partners and client departments and agencies to plan, design, build, operate, and maintain an effective, efficient and responsive IT and cybersecurity infrastructure to secure Government of Canada data and technology assets. Mr. Messier leads a team of 400 public servants and contractors distributed across Canada and manages a complex security infrastructure including: firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, event management systems, anti-virus, anti-malware, data loss prevention, denial of service protection, web content filtering, mail gateways, secure remote access, identity and credential management, and advanced threat protection systems.
From 2014-2015, Mr. Messier was the Senior Director responsible for the Telecommunications Transformation Program at Shared Services Canada. From 2009-2014, Mr. Messier was the Senior Director, Project Delivery, Communications and Sense portfolio at National Defence where he led the development and implementation of the $2 billion DND Space Projects, including military satellite communications and space-based sensor projects. From 2007-2009, Mr. Messier was the Chief IT Infrastructure Architect at National Defence. From 1978-2007, Mr. Messier served in the Canadian Forces in various roles starting as a Communications Research Operator working in signals intelligence and moving on to pursue his education at Royal Roads and Royal Military College where he graduated in 1989 with a BEng in Engineering Physics. Mr. Messier completed a MEng in Computer and Network engineering at Carleton University in 2002. While in the military, Mr. Messier served in many locations including CFS Alert Nunavut, Ottawa, Bagotville, Goose Bay, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; and Kingston.