Yvan Gauthier

Roles and responsibilities

I am a senior data scientist and head of NRC’s Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. As part of NRC Digital Technologies and the NRC Data Analytics Centre, the AI Accelerator delivers impactful, innovative, and responsible AI solutions to other departments and agencies of the Government of Canada and contributes to their digital transformation.


  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Physics, Université de Sherbrooke, 1997
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.), Physics, Carleton University, 2000
  • Diploma for Graduates (Dip. Grad.), Management, London School of Economics, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, Data Science, Harvard, 2017
  • Executive Certificate, Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, 2021

Key publications

Selected recent publications

See Google Scholar for some of my other external publications.


Recent invited presentations and panel participations

Previous work experience

I worked for 20 years with the Department of National Defence (DND), where I became the first-ever Director of Data Science and established a data science team supporting the Chief Data Officer and the Assistant Deputy Minister (Data, Innovation, Analytics).  I also led various operational research projects and teams of scientists while being embedded with different parts of the Canadian Armed Forces, including the Strategic Joint Staff, the Canadian Joint Operations Command, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force.  See my LinkedIn profile for a detailed list of positions.

International experience and/or work

I worked in the UK for two years as an exchange scientist with Dstl. I recently chaired a NATO Specialist Team on Advanced Analytics and AI for enterprise resource management. Before, I contributed to several international defence science activities conducted under the auspices of the Technical Cooperation Program (five eyes), the NATO Science & Technology Organization, and the US Military Operational Research Society.

Yvan Gauthier

Yvan Gauthier

Research Council Officer
Digital Technologies
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Other(s): English

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Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data analytics, Data Science, Digital technology, Technology, Simulation & Numerical Modelling, Technological innovation