Charles “Duff” Sullivan is an Associate and Senior Counsel with David Pratt & Associates, a government relations and strategic consultancy firm located in Ottawa, Canada. A former general officer and senior military commander, Duff entered the private sector in November 2009 as Chief of Operational Safety Oversight for Canada’s Air Navigation Service Provider following a 31-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
In July 2013 Duff transitioned to the world of private consulting where he mentors on business strategy, ethics and leadership, safety oversight and risk management, and full-spectrum and intelligence-led operations. In October 2014, Duff received a Governor-in-Council appointment from the Government of Canada to serve as a member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.
Duff has served in several senior executive and high-profile leadership positions throughout his career. As Director-General of Capability Development at National Defence Headquarters he led a diverse team of defence research scientists, PhD academics and senior military analysts in designing and implementing capability-based planning to identify future military capabilities. As Director of International Security and Senior Defence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada’s Privy Council Office he championed policy oversight of the “Canada First Defence Strategy”, NORAD, NATO, and Canada’s security mission in Afghanistan. As the Director of Operations for the Canadian NORAD Region, he led the transformation of Canada’s new Homeland Defence and Continental Security mission in the wake of 9/11 and the Air Security Mission for the 2002 G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Prior to retiring from the Air Force, Duff served at the rank of Major-General on a 12-month tour of duty in Afghanistan as NATO’s Air Component Commander and Deputy Chief of Joint Operations. As the theatre air commander, he commanded Kandahar, Kabul and 12 other coalition airfields, and led military and civil air operations country-wide, including air combat operations for NATO’s 42-nation coalition. As Deputy Chief of Joint Operations he was the command approval authority for all ground-force and Special Forces operations, Dynamic Targeting, and NATO’s Counter Narcotics Mission.
During his Air Force career as a professional aviator and fighter pilot Duff accumulated over 3,500 hours flying jet aircraft, 1,600 of which were flown on the CF18 Hornet in the ground attack and air superiority role. He has flown operational missions over Europe, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Canada’s high Arctic and the North Atlantic. He has commanded a Tactical Air Control Party, a CF18 Fighter Squadron, an Air Force Fighter Wing and Main Operating Base, and NATO forces during combat operations in Afghanistan.