7855 Paul Hession: A Passion for Giving Back

A Passion for Giving Back

Edited by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

7855 Paul Hession’s (CMR,’67/RMC,‘69) varied and interesting public service career includes his final role as Director General, Client Engagement at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

Throughout his career, Mr. Hession has been a leader in technology and innovation and is well respected for his contribution to the success of those around him. From his early days in the Private Sector as Account Executive with IBM Canada, Vice-President at Gandalf Technologies, and Managing Director at EDS Canada, Mr. Hession continued to take on more and more responsibility while continuously delivering beyond expectations. He continues to provide strategic business advice to a number of growing companies in Ottawa and Ireland (the Hessions are from Mayo County in Ireland).

More recently in the Public Service, Mr. Hession was an early innovator and key contributor to the creation of shared services technologies for the Government of Canada. The team he led was recognized by PWGSC with an Organizational Management Award for his contribution, as well as a prestigious GTEC (Government Technology Exhibition and Conference – http://www.gtec.ca/) award.

Throughout his career in the Public Service, Mr. Hession has always found time to nurture relationships and mentor people to excel in their work. In addition, his outstanding contribution is not limited to his time in the Public Service, but also extends to his dedication in supporting the community through his many acts of volunteerism in support of good causes like the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Red Pine Camp, the Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity (TEMBO) project, the Ottawa Little Theatre, the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals, GTEC, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, the Canadian Information Processing Society, the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Those who have had the pleasure to work with, and for, Mr. Hession hold him in high regard, finding his integrity and professionalism to be well above and beyond the norm. His continuous commitment, involvement and contribution to public service and outside of his day-to-day executive responsibilities with the Public Service of Canada is honourable and has been recognized for leadership excellence by the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX – http://www.apex.gc.ca) and by Rideau Hall as a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.”

As an Officer Cadet, Mr. Hession played on several intercollegiate teams, including soccer, track and field, football and basketball, while pursuing his studies as in Civil Engineering. He was named team Captain of the Men’s basketball team in 1967. He also served as Cadet Wing Sports Officer at CMR. The values of commitment, leadership, teamwork and self-sacrifice that Mr. Hession learned on the sports fields at CMR/RMC have been at the foundation of his passion for giving back.


  • 5780 Bernard Laliberte

    February 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Congrats to Paul.
    I had the priviledge to work with Paul teaching at CMR in the early 1970s and I agree with everything nice that is being said about him.
    He is a special, talented, and dedicated individual who deserves the honors that he has received.
    5780 Bernie

  • Claude Vallée

    February 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Mes sincères félicitations à mon ex-chambreur du CMR. Paul est doué d’une agréable personnalité et je ne suis pas surpris qu’il a été reconnu par son entourage.
    Congratulation Paul.

  • Tom Smallman

    February 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Paul was an outstanding individual and a superb athlete in the years that I knew him at CMR and RMC; what a pleasure it is to see how he has demonstrated again and again that core principle of selfless giving throughout his interesting and varied career. He clearly stands tall in the ranks of graduates from CMR and RMC.
    7602 TVS

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    February 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I never knew Paul at the College as he graduated several years before I arrived in 1976. Years later, however, I did have the opportunity to get to know him reasonably well at the time I was consulting for PWGSC in the early 1990’s. There is no question that Paul is a great guy and a real gentleman, and someone who represents the best of the best of what the College is really supposed to be about. It is not at all surprising to see that my own views are shared by other guys who have read this piece.

    One thing that did come as a surprise was to discover that Paul’s family are from Ireland, as “Hession” is not a name I would naturally have identified as being Irish. That being said, it is great to see that Paul remains connected to his heritage, which is that of a people who have overcome enormous trials, and who have played a central role in helping define Canada’s identity.

    I warmly congratulate Paul for his record of exemplary service to Canada, and wish him and his family the best of health and happiness in the future.

  • Charles Kaszap #10420

    February 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Congratulations Paul!

    In 1971-72 you were my Surveying and Engineering Drawing teacher at CMR and these courses cemented my resolve to embrace the engineering career field. Our paths have crossed many times since then and every time we meet, I am reminded of how well deserved your honors are.


  • Robert Bégin

    February 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Bravo, Paul. Je me souviens très bien de toi alors que tu étais dans l’année préparatoire à Saint-Jean. Je savais déjà que tu réussirais très bien et que tu serais toujours un gentleman. Lors d’une rare rencontre, il y a sans doute plus de dix ans, tu m’appelais encore “Monsieur”. Évidemment, ce sera à mon tour de t’appeler “Monsieur” à la lumière du très beau résumé de carrière dans eVeritas. Bonne chance.

    Robert Bégin
    7150 (entré au CMR en 1962)