George Elkington joined Centre-Arch Inc. in 2014, after having retired from the Public Service of Canada in August 2013, following a 28 year career that was focussed in the areas of contract pricing, contract cost analysis and contract cost policy.
In 1985, George joined the Public Service as a financial policy analyst within the procurement group of what is now known as Public Services & Procurement Canada (formerly PWGSC). Subsequently, he transferred to the cost analysis group where he remained, gradually progressing to Senior Manager within the Cost and Price Analysis Group.
During his career in the Public Service, Mr. Elkington spent time as the lead cost analyst on a number of programs including LAV-RECCE (Coyote), LAV-APC (LAVIII), US Army Stryker, US Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), NATO Flight Training (NFTC), Canadian Forces Supply System (CFSSU) and, in non-military programs such as Secure Channel and the Canada Census. As Senior Manager, all contract costing functions of several other Alternate Delivery programs reported through to him, including CFTS, CATS and CANCAP2.
Mr. Elkington has worked extensively with foreign procurement organizations, most notably the Defence Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and the Defence Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) of the United States. During the period from 2008 through to 2011, Mr. Elkington was a member of the Canadian team responsible for the negotiation of a new Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) with the U.S, referred to as the Reciprocal Defence Production Agreement (RDP), which at the time of his retirement had yet to be completed.
Early in his career, George spent 5 years in the private sector with Mitel Corporation prior to joining the Public Service. Mr. Elkington left PWGSC for approximately 18 months in 1998-99 to work for SAIC Canada and led a team responsible for contract management activities with the Federal Government, mainly related to the Year 2000 Readiness Reviews. Subsequently, Mr. Elkington returned to his position at PWGSC.
Mr. Elkington received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. In addition, Mr. Elkington has attended the Executive Program Seminar Series on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School.