Lieutenant-General (Retired) Fred R. Sutherland, CMM, CD

Biography / August 5, 2014

Lieutenant-General (retired) Fred Sutherland was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 4 Wing Cold Lake AB, in July 2014.

Born in Halifax, N.S., Honorary Colonel Sutherland graduated from the Royal Military College Kingston in 1965 with an Honours BA degree and received an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1973. Following completion of pilot training, he completed a tour as a jet instructor on the T-33 Silver Star and subsequently flew the CF-104 Starfighter and CF-18 Hornet. He commanded at all levels of the Air Force: first as Commanding Officer of 439 Squadron at CFB Baden-Soellingen Germany, as Base Commander of CFB Cold Lake, and, ultimately, as Commander of Canada’s Air Force in 1989. He also served in a number of staff positions in National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg. Notable staff positions included a secondment to the Privy Council Office in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat; in the appointment as Chief of Personnel Development at NDHQ; and, finally in, 1991 in the appointment as Vice Chief of Defence Staff.

Honorary Colonel Sutherland retired from uniformed service in June 1992. In 1984 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, and promoted to the grade of Commander in 1989.

Upon leaving the Canadian Armed Forces, Honorary Colonel Sutherland was employed as the Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism for the Province of Manitoba. Prior to assuming his current appointment as a member of the Senior Directing Staff at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, he spent two years as Corporate Vice-President Human Resources with McCain Foods Ltd.  

In 2009, He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Military Science from the Royal Military College of Canada. That same year, he also received the Meritorious Service Medallion from the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Honorary Colonel Sutherland and his wife reside in Bath, ON.

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