Capt (N) Ret'd
Chris was born in Halifax, NS but was raised and schooled in Ontario. His early exposure to the sea air on the east coast led him to join the Canadian Navy. During his 25-year career in the Navy, Chris had the pleasure to serve on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships SASKATCHEWAN, COWICHAN, MIRIMACHI, KOOTENAY, REGINA, OTTAWA, PROTECTEUR, WINNIPEG and VANCOUVER.
Highlights of his shipboard service included positions as Navigating Officer, Weapons Officer and Combat Officer as well as two tours as Executive Officer prior to being appointed as the Commanding Officer of HMCS REGINA. As part of his many positions onboard ships at sea, Chris deployed multiple times around the world including three tours in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean as part of Canada’s commitment to counter global terrorism.
Apart from his more than 15 years of at sea service, Chris held senior naval officer positions ashore in both Victoria and Ottawa. He finished his career in Ottawa serving in two Director level positions, one with Naval Headquarters and the other with the Vice Chief of Defence Staff.
Chris retired from service in 2015 and joined KPMG as a Senior Manager in their strategy and operations consulting practice where he continues to work closely with the Department of National Defence as well as other federal government departments and private industry.