Defence Construction Canada
2018 WIN Awards Outstanding Leader shortlisted nominee
Mélinda Nycholat brings 30 years of experience to her role leading the $1-billion procurement program at Defence Construction Canada (DCC).
Advancing from junior engineer at DCC’s office in Gagetown, New Brunswick, in the late 1980s, Mélinda became a regional leader and head of various DCC service lines over the next 20 years. In those roles, Mélinda oversaw countless construction contracts in support of infrastructure and environmental projects for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. She also supervised technical, contracting and administrative staff, and managed multiple site offices across the country for the federal Crown corporation.
As head of Contract Services at DCC for nearly a decade, Mélinda led the national delivery of contracting services, including the growth in DCC's service offerings and the ways it contracted for construction and facilities maintenance services.
Now, as DCC’s Vice-President in charge of procurement, Mélinda has entered the executive ranks, playing a key strategic role in managing the company and overseeing contracting for nearly 2,000 construction and consulting projects each year.
Under Mélinda’s leadership, DCC has placed significant emphasis on ethics and fairness in procurement, introduced numerous contracting innovations to the federal public sector, and developed vigorous performance indicators to ensure best value for public dollars. DCC’s procurement program has been honoured four years in a row with the Award of Excellence in Procurement from the U.S. National Procurement Institute.
Mélinda received her Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Laval University in 1988 and her Project Management Professional designation in 2001. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Public Procurement Council, is an owner representative on the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, sits on the Steering Committee of the Institute for BIM in Canada, and is a past member of the Treasury Board Advisory Committee for Construction Contracts.