DR. JOHN BRIAN MORRISSEY
Dr. John Brian Morrissey has an outstanding track
record in managing research teams and complex issues, as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM)
of the Research Branch in the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and as ADM for Science
at the Department of Fisheries & Oceans. In Agriculture Canada, Dr. Morrissey was ADM for
Food Production & Inspection Branch (now the Canadian Food Inspection Agency), Director
General of its Food Inspection Directorate, and Director of Canada's Animal Health Division,
where he was responsible for Canada's animal disease control programs. For three years, Dr.
Morrissey has lectured in the Executive MBA program of the University of Ottawa. He was
received as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London, England in 1965. He
holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Warwick University, England, and a
diploma in Public Policy and Public Administration from the University of Guelph, Ontario. He
was also awarded Canada’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”. This is the highest award given by
Canada to its public servants. Furthermore, Dr. Morrissey is a recipient of the French
Ministry of Agriculture’s professional designation known as “Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite
Agricole” for advancing Franco-Canadian cooperation in research.
Throughout his career, Dr. Morrissey has been recognized as a man of vision with the
leadership and management skills needed to put progressive ideas to work. He was a major
proponent of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Matching Investment Initiative, an innovative
partnership program that has expanded Canada’s research and development potential. Under this
initiative, the Department pays up to 50 per cent of the cost of collaborative research
projects with industry. This leading-edge program is used as a model by other departments.
Dr. Morrissey has also worked hard to attract and retain top scientists from Canada and around
the world. As a manager, his support for professional development and recognition of
employees’ successes is well known and widely respected. His personal dedication to lifelong
learning is an example to his staff and to all public servants.
Dr. John Brian Morrissey has applied business principles to science management to gain greater
efficiency and to ensure the continued protection of Canada’s food supply. In light of his
firm belief that our country has a great deal to share and to gain on the international stage,
he has played a major role in positioning Canada as a world leader in agricultural and food
Dr. Brian Morrissey Wins the
Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award
This award, which is the highest commendation in the public service, was presented at Rideau
Hall on October 16, 2001 by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor
General of Canada, and by Canada's Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jean Chretien. Dr.
Morrissey was recognized as a man of vision with the leadership, dedication and skills that
put progressive ideas to work.
Throughout his distinguished career in the federal government, Dr. Morrissey played a major
role in positioning Canada as a world leader in agricultural and agri-food research. His
achievements include establishing partnerships with industry and education, applying business
principles to science management, promoting efficiency and innovation and ensuring the
protection of Canada's food supply. Under his direction, AAFC earned a reputation as one of
the finest research organizations in the world.
As Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said, Dr. Morrissey has "earned the respect of co-workers, the
admiration of peers and the gratitude of the nation."