Assistant Commissioner, Arctic Region
Canadian Coast Guard
Neil O’Rourke is the newly appointed, Assistant Commissioner, Arctic Region, based in Yellowknife, NWT. In his new role, he will look to further enhance Coast Guard programs and services in partnership with Indigenous and Northern communities. The Coast Guard is moving to a model where services for the North are delivered from the North. He will also co-lead work to bring more Northerners into the Coast Guard and the marine industry.
Over the past three years Mr. O’Rourke was Senior Director, Safe Shipping and Economic Intelligence and was responsible for the development of national strategies to sustain and transform Coast Guard’s marine navigation programs, which include: Aids to Navigation; Marine Communications and Traffic Services; Waterways Management; and Icebreaking and Ice Information Services. Neil was also the national lead for Arctic program policy, user fees, and the implementation of e-Navigation in Canadian waters. He represented Canada and served as a councillor with the International Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authority.
Prior to that, Mr. O’Rourke worked in a number of roles for the Coast Guard, including Director of Organizational Restructuring, where he lead the reorganization of the Coast Guard from 5 to 3 regions, and Director, Integrated Logistic Support, where he provided functional technical authority in a number of areas, including Materiel Management, Configuration Management, Technical Data Management, Lifecycle Management, Maintenance Management and the Coast Guard Project Management Office.
In addition to his nearly 10 years at the Canadian Coast Guard, Neil also brings private sector experience as a former management consultant and as a former executive in the energy sector; specifically, with Petro-Canada Fuels.
Neil holds degrees from two Canadian universities: a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University (2002), and a Master of Business Administration—International Business, from the University of Ottawa (2003).