Born in Teulon, Manitoba into a military family, Captain(RCN) Chris Sutherland received his first posting to Gimli, five days later. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1991 and drove to Victoria, BC to commence his naval career.
He served in HMC Ships IROQUOIS (Op SHARP GUARD), GATINEAU, MONTREAL(SNFL), and CHARLOTTETOWN (Op APOLLO). He served as Executive Officer of HMCS HALIFAX and Sea Training (Atlantic). Capt(RCN) Sutherland assumed Command of HMCS MONTREAL in Jan 2009. Staff positions have included time at NDHQ serving in the Directorate of Maritime Policy, Operations and Readiness, the Strategic Joint Staff (twice) and as Executive Secretary to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. In 2014 he became the Special Advisor to the Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command.
Capt(RCN) Sutherland is a graduate of Canadian Forces College Command and Staff Course and National Security Program.
He enjoys playing in local old man soccer leagues and participating in other activities to stay in shape.