Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Hunt joined the Canadian Forces in 1993. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1997 with an Honours B.A. in Military and Strategic Studies. He was later posted to Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in Edmonton Alberta, where he commanded 1st Troop Reconnaissance Squadron for the next two years, including a six month NATO tour in Kosovo in 1999. In 2000, he was promoted to Captain and he took over command of the Strathcona Ceremonial Mounted Troop where he led it through dozens of musical rides, parades, and ceremonial events across Western Canada. In 2001, Lieutenant-Colonel Hunt was posted to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Headquarters in Edmonton. He deployed on NATO exercises in the Netherlands and Norway, as well as the security operation for the G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta in 2002. In 2004, he graduated from the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College Army Operations Course and was posted back to Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in Edmonton Alberta as Battle Captain of a tank squadron.
In 2006, Lieutenant-Colonel Hunt deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan and served as S3 ISTAR and later S3 Plans for the 1 PPCLI Battle Group. Upon redeployment, he rejoined Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) and served as Operations Officer and Regimental Captain prior to transferring to the Primary Reserve and joining the South Alberta Light Horse in 2007. Lieutenant-Colonel Hunt was promoted to Major in 2008 and commanded Headquarters and later ‘B’ Squadron, South Alberta Light Horse (RCAC) in Edmonton. Lieutenant-Colonel Hunt deployed to Calgary in June 2013, commanding the Reconnaissance Squadron that surveyed flood damage for the Calgary Emergency Management Agency during the initial disaster response. In October 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Hunt moved to Calgary and transferred to the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, serving as Operations Officer, then Officer Commanding ‘A’ Squadron and later ‘Headquarters Squadron’. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and took over as Commanding Officer of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment on June 4th, 2016.
Since transferring to the Army Reserve in 2007, Chris Hunt has also worked as a Senior Project Manager for the Government of Alberta in the Departments of Environment and Energy. In June 2013, upon his redeployment from the floods in Calgary, he was seconded from the Department of Energy to the Government of Alberta’s Flood Recovery Task Force for three months, where he assisted the transition of authority from the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre to the Task Force, and later led development of the Government of Alberta’s Flood Recovery Plan. In October 2013, Chris Hunt returned to the Department of Energy as Director of Planning and Public Engagement in the Market Diversification Branch, but transferred to the Calgary Office. In March 2015, Chris Hunt took over as Alberta’s Utilities Consumer Advocate, leading a team that represents the interests of residential, farm, and small business consumers of electricity and natural gas in Alberta, through consumer education, mediation services, and policy and regulatory advocacy. Lieutenant-Colonel Hunt holds a M.A. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in addition to his B.A. He is married to Danielle Lamoureux and they have two daughters Zoé (11) and Audrée (8). He enjoys skiing and snowboarding with his family during the winter, and kayaking, golfing, and mountain biking during the summer.