Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Colleagues, welcome to the 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Welcome to the room that honours veterans. In my previous role as chair of the veterans affairs committee, we had the official parliamentary carver do the insignias of the different branches of the Canadian Forces and other aspects here simply to set this room aside to honour veterans. Every time I come in here I want to let people know we have done that work and how important veterans are to us.
To get back to the issue at hand, pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), main estimates 2015-16, you'll see the rest of the description here on your orders of the day.
We have before us John Knubley, a deputy minister at the Department of Industry; Philip Jennings, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector; Lawrence Hanson, assistant deputy minister of science and innovation; Paul Halucha—who's been here so many times before this committee that I feel you're almost one of us—associate assistant deputy minister, strategic policy sector; David Enns, chief financial officer, corporate management sector; and Fiona Gilfillan, director general of the spectrum licensing policy branch.
Colleagues, I'm going to let Mr. Knubley go ahead with his opening remarks. There's been discussion, so I will simply go around the table in a fair process. Whoever has a question can get up to ask one question. If that responds to supplementary that's fine, but we'll just have a free flow in that regard.
Please go ahead, Mr. Knubley.