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Ross Nicholls 1996–2009 Ross Nicholls, DCC’s fourth President, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of (Civil) Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia before joining Defence Construction in 1978. After starting as an Inspector at CFB Shearwater, Nova Scotia, he managed the CFB Summerside, Prince Edward Island office before working as a Project Control Engineer in Head Office and Special Projects Engineer and then Area Engineer in the Quebec Region. He acted as a Special Assistant to the President before being named Ontario Regional Director, Vice-President Operations, and finally General Manager before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June 1996. BREAKING NEW GROUND DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA During his tenure as President, Ross implemented a new business model entirely dependent on revenue generated from services billed to clients, and worked to build strong partnerships with the Canadian Forces and the construction industry. The scope of DCC services was broadened to areas such as project management and support to military operations, and the Corporation experienced a decade of sustained high activity that resulted in growth to historic new levels of projects and personnel. After spending his entire working career with DCC, Ross retired in June 2009. 137