09/27/2012 11:10 EDT | Updated 11/27/2012 05:12 EST

Tom Jenkins, OpenText Corp. Executive, Appointed By Rona Ambrose To Improve Defence Procurement

OTTAWA - Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose has appointed an Ontario businessman to help improve Canada's often-troubled defence procurement process.

She says Tom Jenkins will be a special adviser and will work with defence contractors to boost competitiveness.

Jenkins is executive chairman and chief strategy officer of OpenText Corp., of Waterloo, Ont.

He was chairman of an expert review panel which looked at federal support for research and development and made recommendations for the government's 2012 economic plan.

Ambrose says Jenkins will look at ways to streamline procurement and increase job opportunities in defence-related industries.

The military procurement process has long been a source of complaints, with some projects delayed for years and others hit by cost overruns.

"I look forward to working with Mr. Jenkins to improve our ability to leverage military procurement in support of Canadian jobs and industry, including innovation and technology development," Ambrose said in a statement.

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