Corporate overview


NRC is an agency of the Government of Canada, reporting to Parliament through the Minister of Industry. It is governed by a council of appointees drawn from its client community.

Organizational structure

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NRC is comprised of three integrated R&D divisions, each guided by advisory bodies composed of industry leaders. Under these three umbrella R&D divisions, we have 12 integrated and consolidated portfolios focused on key industry sectors, or our areas of R&D. These portfolios represent areas of strategic importance and economic value for Canada. Within each portfolio we have a variety of programs focused on addressing specific business-identified priorities and challenges through a unique offering of technical and advisory services, research facilities, licensing opportunities and programs and partnership opportunities.

R&D Divisions Areas of R&D (Portfolios)
Emerging Technologies
Life Sciences

To complement this broad array of R&D capabilities, NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) brings together a diverse network of organizations, services and programs to help Canadian SMEs develop and exploit technologies in the competitive, global knowledge economy.

As a world-leading RTO, NRC is investing strategically in competencies and technology platforms that enable our researchers to remain ahead of the curve in their areas of specialty, while constantly scanning for emerging disciplines for possible future investment, to ensure ongoing relevance and value to Canadian industry.

NRC Council

NRC's Council reviews the strategic directions and oversees the operations and performance of the organization. It usually meets three time a year and has two standing committees: the Executive Committee and the Human Resources Committee. It also establishes ad hoc task forces. The Council is chaired by the President of NRC, while the other members are appointed by the Government of Canada for three-year terms.


NRC executive

These positions are identified as Designated Public Office Holders (DPOH) under the Lobbying Act.

General Managers