Al Hurd

Al Hurd has extensive executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Early in his career he spent several years working for the Canadian federal government, including a six-year stint at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the agency responsible for housing programs in Canada. He left a senior executive position in the federal government in 1990 to join the private sector.


For the next 17 years Al held several senior roles with EDS Canada, including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Government Services. He also chaired the boards of a number of EDS' subsidiaries in Canada. In 2005 he established an EDS subsidiary to deliver a large public-private partnership with the Government of British Columbia and served as its founding President for two years. Throughout his years with EDS and HP, Al's team provided a broad range of IT and business processing services to large private sector firms and to all levels of government in Canada. He was consequently heavily involved in the challenges of business relationships between government and the private sector and he is viewed within the IT industry in Canada as an expert in this field. Al left Hewlett Packard Company (HP) in 2009 as Vice President and General Manager responsible for HP information technology services across Canada to establish his own consulting practice.

When he was with the federal government Al was president of the Data Processing Institute, an association dedicated to improving the professional expertise of government IT employees. In 1995 in recognition of his service, he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. Al served from 2001 to 2008 as a member of the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), the leading association of technology firms in Canada and the primary interface to the federal government for the industry. In 2008/09 Al was a member of the Board of Directors for the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE).