Len Bastien - Biography

Defence Chief Information Officer and
Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)

Len Bastien grew up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1991. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces in the late 1980s as a reservist with the local Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (PEIR) until the early 1990s. He moved to Ottawa to begin graduate studies at Carleton University, met his wife and settled in the National Capital Region. 

Most of his professional career has been spent in the information and telecommunication technology field. In the private sector, as Director of Consulting Services for Enterprise Outsourcing at CGI Ottawa, he was responsible for the overall management, growth and profitability of the Enterprise Outsourcing program.  

In April 2007, Mr. Bastien joined the Federal Public Service, serving initially at National Defence as Director of the Information Management Service Transformation and then as Director General (DGIMST), leading the division in the strategy and planning for further discovery and alignment of a rationalized Defence IM/IT Program.

After a brief term as the Executive Director IT Infrastructure, Operations and Security, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Mr. Bastien returned to National Defence in March 2011, where he was appointed Director General Information Management Technology (DGIMT). A year later he assumed the role of Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management) and Chief Information Officer.

Len Bastien is the Defence Champion for Persons with Disabilities, a role he takes very seriously.  He also volunteers on the Board of Directors for Valoris, a Family Resources Organization in Eastern Ontario.  His many outdoor activities demonstrate his commitment to a healthy work/life balance.

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