Claude was appointed assistant deputy minister (Finance) and chief financial officer of National Defence (DND) in January 2015. In this capacity, he serves as the strategic financial advisor to the deputy minister and the Investment and Resource Management Committee. Prior to joining DND, Claude was the vice-president, Comptrollership Branch, and chief financial officer at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) from June 2012 to January 2015. In addition to being the strategic financial advisor to the president, Claude was responsible for overseeing the CBSA's infrastructure, procurement, contracting, assets and security policies and processes. From 2010 to 2012, he was the director general of Finance and chief financial officer at the Communications Security Establishment. He provided strategic financial advice to the chief and was responsible for procurement, contracting, asset management and business planning. Claude joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1984. He served in a number of senior executive positions including senior auditor, director general, Compensation and Benefits, and commandant of the Canadian Forces Support Unit in Ottawa. He retired as the comptroller of the Canadian Armed Forces and deputy chief finance officer of DND in 2010. Claude graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations in 1983. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (2000) and the National Strategic Studies Program (2008). He was accredited as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations in 2003, and awarded his designations as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2008 and a Professional Logistician (PLog) in 2009. In May 2015, Claude was declared winner of the 2015 Award of Excellence in Public Sector Financial Management – Financial Leadership (CFO) awarded by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.