Queen's University

John Adams, School of Policy Studies

John Adams, currently the Associate
Deputy Minister of National Defence,
will be the new Skelton-Clark Fellow
in the School of Policy Studies.

John Adams, a leading authority on security issues, has been named the newest Skelton-Clark Fellow in the School of Policy Studies.

The current Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence and Chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) says it was time for a change after five decades of public service.
“This opportunity gives me a chance to contribute and share the knowledge I have picked up after 50 years in the security and intelligence community,” says Mr. Adams. “I hope I inspire students to consider a career in public service.”

Mr. Adams’ distinguished military career began in 1967. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1993 with the rank of Major-General and was soon appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Environment, for the Department of National Defence. Mr. Adams graduated from the Royal Military College in 1965 with a degree in chemical engineering and he was also a Rhodes Scholar.

Peter Harrison, the head of the School of Policy Studies, feels fortunate Mr. Adams chose to come to Kingston.

“John Adams' extensive experience and background will be of enormous value to Queen’s. Mr. Adams is a world authority on security issues, particularly cyber security. At the CSEC, he has contributed directly to the development of new and complex ways of acquiring and analyzing intelligence. His knowledge will be of direct interest to both our faculty and our students," says Dr. Harrison.

The Skelton-Clark Fellowship was created in 1954 in recognition of two Queen’s Faculty members to the policy issues of their time and to the creation of the modern Public Service of Canada. O.D. Skelton created what is now the Department of Foreign Affairs and International trade, and W. Clifford Clark created what is now the Department of Finance.

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