Canadian Hard of Hearing Association appoints Christopher T. Sutton as its National Executive Director

February 23, 2018-Ottawa, ON – The Board of Directors of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Christopher T. Sutton, MBA, as its next National Executive Director.

Myrtle Barrett, President of the CHHA National Board of Directors says, “the National Board of Directors is ecstatic to have Christopher joining CHHA as it’s next National Executive Director. Christopher comes to CHHA with a wealth of experience working with some of the largest organizations for people with disabilities in the world. Christopher’s career has spanned across the non-profit, private and public sectors in both the United States and Canada, where he has worked in various leadership capacities. Christopher has the passion, vision, experience and knowledge that CHHA requires in its next leader.”

A search committee was established by the Board of Directors in November and led by Carole Willans, Kim Scott and Jane Scott. The committee recommended Christopher’s appointment noting that, “it was extremely pleased to recommend Christopher to this role and that he would be the first National Executive Director to lead CHHA with a profound hearing loss. Christopher is very well respected in both the hearing health sector and disability community and the committee was impressed with Christopher’s leadership and advocacy in the areas of diversity, inclusion and accessibility. Christopher has outstanding educational credentials, which includes holding a Masters in Business Administration from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. In addition, Christopher has a wealth of experience in business development, fundraising, government and stakeholder relations and governance which will be invaluable to CHHA as it looks to its future.”

Christopher says, “I am both humbled and honoured to be joining the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association as its next National Executive Director, I have personally been connected to CHHA from a young age and have seen first-hand the impact of its work on people living with hearing loss from coast-to-coast. CHHA was there and helped my family when they learned I had hearing loss as a child and it continued to play an important role in my life as an adult. I’ve been so fortunate that over the years I have been able to work with so many amazing people at CHHA from across the country, people who have become my roles models and have helped me get to where I am today. I am extremely excited about all the work and opportunities we have ahead of us. I look forward to working with the National Board of Directors, staff, partners, chapters and branches, and most importantly our membership from across the country.”

Christopher will be starting in this role effective February 26, 2018. You can send him your wishes by email at csutton@chha.ca.