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:
ResponsibilitiesThe commissioner reports to the deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (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.
Mr. Hutchinson joined the Canadian Coast Guard in 2013 as Director General, National Strategies, and Director General, Integrated Business Management Services at the National Headquarters of the Canadian Coast Guard. He brought 12 years of experience as a senior civil servant in disciplines ranging from law to front-line operations.
Mr. Hutchinson was subsequently named Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding in 2015 prior to accepting his nomination as Commissioner.
Mr. Hutchinson has a proven track record of fostering innovation within the public service. While the Executive Director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, the organization tripled the rate at which claims were being processed, and introduced new procedural options for claimants. Previous to this, he participated in remodelling the Specific Claims process, modernizing labour relations within the Department of Justice, and supporting the achievement of the historic Residential Schools Settlement. As an Executive Director at Treasury Board Secretariat, he helped departments achieve operational savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars while preserving front line services to Canadians.
Mr. Hutchinson is proud to serve with the Coast Guard. He has a particular interest in the role of the Coast Guard in Canada’s developing northern economy.
Mr. Hutchinson hails from London, Ontario and is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. He is married and the father of three.