Bio (Dan Coutts)
Dan Coutts grew up in Lions Bay, B.C. and joined the military in 1995. After graduating from the Royal Military College (RMC) with a BA in English Literature, he started his career with 427 Tactical/Special Operations Helicopter Squadron. His time there included instructional flying, commanding a new Special Operations Aviation training flight, and tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Posted to Kingston in 2008, he served under the Directorate of Army Training, coordinating air and aviation support to the force generation of several Army and Air Force deployments to Afghanistan. He then served in 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron as the Operations Officer during a period of high readiness and transformation. After 400 Squadron, Dan completed the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, receiving a Master of Defence Studies and his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. In July 2014, he took command of 2 Expeditionary Readiness Centre in Bagotville, Quebec; he rapidly transformed the unit, giving it a new vision as the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) centre for excellence in expeditionary operations. In November of 2016, Dan also took command of 2 Air Expeditionary Squadron (2 AES), the Air Force’s standing high-readiness unit which manages and supports deploying air elements. He deployed to Beirut in December 2015 as the Air Component Coordination Element Director for Operation PROVISION, the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the movement of 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. Most recently, Dan has moved to Trenton, Ontario as Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Air Warfare Centre. He also holds a Master of Arts in Security and Defence Policy and Management (SDMP) from RMC, a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto, and several other licences and qualifications.