Corporate overview


The NRC is an agency of the Government of Canada, reporting to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. It is governed by a council of appointees drawn from its client community.

President's mandate letter

View the mandate letter to Mr. Iain Stewart.

Overview of the NRC Dialogue

Learn more about the NRC Dialogue and the continued renewal of the NRC to support the government's Innovation and Skills Plan.

Organizational structure

View the NRC organizational chart.

The NRC comprises four integrated R&D divisions, each guided by advisory bodies composed of industry leaders. Under these four umbrella R&D divisions, we have 14 integrated and consolidated research centres focused on key industry sectors, or our areas of R&D. These research centres represent areas of strategic importance and economic value for Canada. Within each research centre 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
Transportation and Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Research Centre
  • Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre
  • Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre
  • Construction Research Centre
  • Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre
Life Sciences
  • Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre
  • Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre
  • Medical Devices Research Centre
Emerging Technologies
  • Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre
  • Digital Technologies Research Centre
  • Metrology Research Centre
  • Nanotechnology Research Centre
  • Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
  • Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre

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 research organization, 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

The NRC Council (comprising the Chair, the President, and up to ten other members) reviews the strategic directions, oversees the performance of the organization and provides a challenge function with respect to the work of the President and senior management. Members bring an independent perspective based upon knowledge and expertise in fields of importance to the NRC's mandate. The President is the chief executive officer of the National Research Council (the body corporate) while the Chair is responsible for providing effective leadership to "the NRC Council" (the Council comprising the Chair, the President and up to ten other members) and for all matters pertaining to organization and functioning of the NRC Council meetings.

The President is appointed for a term of up to five years, while all other members are appointed for terms of up to three years.


NRC executive

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

Directors General

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