Message of condolence following the Snowbirds jet accident

May 19, 2020

Along with all Canadians, we at Defence Construction Canada (DCC) were saddened to learn of the accident involving the Snowbirds jet on Sunday, and the death of one crew member and the serious injury of the other.

This incident touches close to home for DCC. We have a dedicated team playing an essential support role for the squadron's infrastructure at its Moose Jaw home base. DCC staff also followed the Snowbirds' inspirational tour with enthusiasm, cheering along with their neighbours in communities across the country as the team passed overhead.

On behalf of everyone at DCC, I extend sincere condolences to our Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence colleagues, and to the family and friends of Capt Jenn Casey, along with best wishes for the recovery of Capt Richard MacDougall.

Derrick Cheung
President and CEO

Message of condolence

May 4, 2020

Defence Construction Canada (DCC) extends its sincere condolences to the Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence on the deaths of six serving members in last week's helicopter crash off the coast of Greece.

As part of Canada's defence and security family, all of us at DCC work closely with military personnel at bases and wings across the country and abroad, and provide important infrastructure and other support to all branches of the Forces, including the Royal Canadian Navy on all coasts.

In the wake of this incident, we share your grief over the loss of these fine men and women, honour their sacrifice and hope for comfort for you, their friends and family in the days ahead.

Derrick Cheung
President and CEO

DCC expands e-bidding to include professional services opportunities

March 31, 2020

Starting April 6, 2020, companies will be able to submit electronic bids for all new professional services contracts.

With this addition to its e-bidding capability, DCC now accepts e-bids for all types of opportunities (goods, and construction, maintenance and professional services), including those that require bid security. All DCC procurement opportunities are available through MERX, an independent private sector tendering service.

E-bidding offers many advantages to businesses, including being able to submit and revise their proposals at any time prior to closing, and reviewing the bid results online. A training presentation is available for firms new to e-bidding with DCC. More information.

For DCC's part, e-procurement is an important aspect of its ongoing efforts to increase industry access to DCC contracts, ensure secure, efficient, fair and transparent procurements, and manage defence and security infrastructure projects efficiently and effectively.

Message to DCC's Contractors and Consultants

From Derrick Cheung, President and CEO of Defence Construction Canada
March 25, 2020

Defence Construction Canada's (DCC) long-standing partnership with Canada's Infrastructure and Environment industry is vital to our mission to support Canada's defence and security organizations. DCC relies heavily on the contractors and consultants who do the work on the contracts that DCC puts in place on behalf of its Client-Partners.

DCC is taking measures to support critical operations and apply Government of Canada direction with respect to the workplace while operating in compliance with directives from Canadian provincial authorities. We are adapting to rapidly changing circumstances and are exercising flexibility in the true spirit of entrepreneurship and commitment during a challenging time.

We want to assure you that we are committed to keeping our business operations running while keeping you, our employees and members of the Canadian Armed Forces healthy and safe. You are an important component of our operations and certain work must continue where it is safe to do so.

Please be advised that:

  • DCC continues to initiate new procurements, answer bidder questions, and award contracts.
  • DCC encourages all contractors and consultants to comply with directives issued by their provincial authorities.
  • Contractors and consultants are responsible for the implementation of health and safety measures for their projects in accordance with contract requirements. DCC is working closely with all contractors and consultants at its work sites to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.
  • DCC encourages all contractors and consultants to monitor the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for developments on COVID-19 and to implement prevention measures at their offices and worksites to help prevent the transmission of the virus. This includes having a response plan for employees who present with symptoms while at work and ensuring those who are sick stay at home. The latest information from the PHAC can be found at
  • The terms and conditions of the respective contracts will dictate the specific implications regarding curtailing and suspension of work.
  • DCC continues its fair and timely payment for services rendered.

We recognize that impacts to our contracts resulting from COVID-19 may often be well beyond the control of a contractor or consultant. In these situations, our intent is to ensure fairness to our industry partners. In accordance with our contracts, there will be consideration granted for excusable delays without penalty to contractors in these situations.

DCC continues to monitor this rapidly evolving situation closely and we will adjust our posture as required.

We understand that these are challenging times, with emerging implications and impacts. We strongly encourage open lines of communication as we work through this COVID-19 pandemic situation. To that end, we ask that our industry partners keep us apprised, as soon as possible through your regular channels, if you are experiencing any challenges which would jeopardize your ability to deliver.

Again, I would like to emphasize that you are providing a vital service to Canada through the work that you do for Canada's defence and security community. On behalf of everyone at DCC, we thank you for your collaboration and continued support.


Derrick Cheung
President and CEO

Update on DCC operations during COVID‑19 pandemic

March 22, 2020

Work on DCC-managed projects at Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence sites across Canada is continuing until further notice, with staff taking enhanced health and safety precautions.

Only those employees who are essential to supporting critical Client-Partners' services are on site, with minimal contact with military personnel to ensure they remain healthy and able to perform their duties. Most other DCC staff are working from home.

DCC continues to initiate new procurements, answer bidder questions and award contracts.

All DCC contracts include standard health and safety requirements, and DCC staff are vigilantly monitoring compliance with them as project work goes on, to ensure the health of DCC employees, Client-Partner personnel and contractors.

DCC management has been and will continue to base its operational decisions on the health and safety guidance of the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as internal health and safety policies.

Should circumstances change, DCC will share updated information. In the meantime, Client-Partners, industry and other stakeholders are encouraged to continue to contact DCC through their regular channels.

Industry Day

February 12, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, Soprano Room
1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, Montreal, Quebec, H5B 1E5


On February 12, 2020, Defence Construction Canada (DCC), in collaboration with the Department of National Defence (DND), will organize an industry day with the objective of:

  • Providing the industry with an overview of the upcoming important projects;
  • Explaining the modified design-build implementation process;
  • Providing information on the specifics of projects related to industrial security requirements;
  • Offering interested firms 5-minute one-on-one information sessions with a DCC representative.
    • Registration for these sessions will be made on site, as participants arrive.

You have until February 1, 2020, to register.

This event is intended for all firms interested in design-build infrastructure, particularly:

  • General contractors
  • Architectural consultants
  • Engineering consultants
  • Specialized contractors

The projects may include, but are not limited to, any new construction of DND infrastructure, demolition and removal of DND infrastructure, and maintenance of DND infrastructure, in support of Canadian Armed Forces operations. For example:

  • Infrastructures for future fighter capability project planned in Bagotville and Cold Lake, as well as other various locations in Canada. (Notice #APN-DC-2527, on MERX)
  • Modified design-build of a 7,000 m2 hangar in Bagotville that will include office space and warehouse capacity for aircraft. The value of the project is estimated at approximately $49 million. (Notice #HQ000819, on MERX)
  • Modified design-build project of a new multi-purpose facility of more than 12,000 m2, constructed to meet LEED Silver standard, in Bagotville. The facility includes office spaces, maintenance bays, training classrooms and storage areas. The value of the construction projects is estimated at approximately $67 million. (Notice #HQ001262, on MERX)

To be noted

  • All firms are responsible for the transportation of their participants, accommodation, meals, parking, costs of preparing their response and any other expenses related to their participation in the project.
  • Participation in this session is not mandatory. Non-participating firms in this briefing will not be prevented from submitting a proposal in response to any future tenders.

For more information on Industry Day, please see the notice on MERX.

Send your registration form and your questions to:
Marie-Eve Néron
Coordinator, Contract Services
514-283-8071 ext. 4400

Appointment of new DCC CEO

June 18, 2019


Defence Construction Canada (DCC) and its Board of Directors welcome the Government of Canada's appointment of Derrick Cheung as President and CEO, effective September 9, 2019.

Before accepting this position, Mr. Cheung was Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Real Estate for TransLink in Vancouver, British Columbia, where his responsibilities included procurement and contract management. Mr. Cheung also has experience in a range of publicly-traded and private organizations including aviation, marine, rail and energy, and in a variety of disciplines including technology, business transformation, supply chain management and real estate. Mr. Cheung's education includes a LL.M., MBA, and a MA, as well as various industry certifications.

"I am very pleased that Derrick has accepted to serve as DCC's President and CEO. Given his extensive experience as a seasoned executive in the fields of transportation, infrastructure, energy, and defence, he will make significant contributions to DCC. Derrick will be a tremendous asset in leading the Corporation as it steadfastly serves its defence and security Client-Partners" said Moreen Miller, Chair of DCC's Board of Directors.

Ms. Miller also expressed gratitude to James Paul for his dedication and service during his 10 year career at DCC in the role of President and CEO.

"During Jim's tenure DCC experienced many successes including: the delivery of several public-private-partnership contracts; the first use of an e-procurement system for federal contracts in Canada; and, the delivery of a record-setting $1 billion of contract expenditures on behalf of DCC's Client-Partners. These accomplishments greatly support Canada's defence and security priorities," said Ms. Miller.


Additional information:

James Paul, President and CEO is with DCC until July 12, 2019. Following his departure, Melinda Nycholat, Vice-President, Operations—Procurement will be Acting President and CEO until Mr. Cheung joins the Corporation on September 9, 2019.

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