Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner
As Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the Commissioner ensures that the CCG delivers its programs and meets its operational performance targets by:
- setting CCG objectives and priorities;
- approving resource allocations;
- ensuring that resources are managed well; and
- reviewing CCG’s financial situation.
The Commissioner is responsible for reporting and explaining CCG expenditures to ministers, parliamentary committees and the public.
The Commissioner reports to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO). The Commissioner has the authority of an Associate Deputy Minister, with one exception: comptroller functions are provided by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Corporate Services, DFO.
Commissioner Hutchinson was appointed to lead the Canadian Coast Guard in March 2017, after having served in the position of Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding from 2015-2017. Prior to this, Commissioner Hutchinson held the positions of Director General, National Strategies, and Director General, Integrated Business Management Services.
Building on 15 years of executive experience, Commissioner Hutchinson has a proven track record of leadership in the public service that ranges from law to frontline services.
Commissioner Hutchinson has a reputation for fostering innovation within the public service. While serving as Executive Director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, the organization tripled the rate at which claims were processed and introduced new options for claimants. Before this, he participated in modernizing labour relations within the Department of Justice and supported the historic Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. As an Executive Director at Treasury Board Secretariat, the Commissioner helped departments achieve operational savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars while preserving frontline services to Canadians.
“We are not about our people. We are our people. Every member of the Canadian Coast Guard is a valued member of our national team. We have each other’s backs and get the job done. Canadians know us as an iconic institution and we are proud to serve them as we protect the coastlines of our great maritime nation.”
Commissioner Hutchinson is from London, Ontario and holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
CCG Commissioner’s Office
200 Kent Street
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