One of Ottawa’s key leadership figures is leaving her post to take a deputy minister position with the federal government.

Marie Lemay, CEO of the National Capital Commission, has been named the new Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure according to various reports.

Her first day at her new job is scheduled for August 27.

"We have a relevant organization now, an organization that is more flexible, nimble . . . we've tried all sorts of nice little pilot projects," she said.

"I'm very confident I'm leaving an organization that's ready to take on all the challenges that will be thrown their way."

Lemay been the head of the NCC since January 2008, having an impact on Ottawa's planned light-rail system and runing events such as Winterlude amongst many other duties.

Before that, she worked as a city planner with the City of Gatineau and served as CEO of Engineers Canada for seven years, experiences she said will help in her new role.

She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1983.

The National Capital Commission is a Crown corporation in charge of ensuring "that Canada’s Capital Region is a source of national pride and significance" according to their website.

There is no word on who will replace her.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's John Hua