Distinguished Fellow: Richard Fadden

Mr. Richard B. Fadden's 39-year career in the public service was distinguished by a remarkable breadth and depth of experience in fields related to national security—beginning in 1977, during the Cold War, when he launched his intelligence career.

A variety of positions across the Government of Canada—including in External Affairs Canada, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat—preceded Richard's tenure of almost 20 years as a deputy minister. As a senior leader, he headed organizations ranging from Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to National Defence and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service before retiring in 2016.

Career highlights

  • National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, 2015 to 2016
  • Security and Intelligence Coordinator at the Privy Council Office in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States
  • Deputy Minister of National Defence
  • Director, Canadian Security Intelligence Service


  • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Ottawa
  • Bachelor of Laws, Université de Montréal
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), McGill University



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