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Khristian Kowalski

Khristian Kowalski

Chief of the Naval Support Section, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

During his 26 years with the Canadian Armed Forces Khristian Kowalski held a wide variety of jobs. After a brief start as a combat engineer in 1985, he joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery as a gunner. He spent the next 6 years in Germany, driving guns, calling down artillery fire and enjoying life in Germany. Upon return to Canada in 1993, he entered Royal Roads Military College as an army logistics officer, completing an honours degree in history at the Royal Military College of Canada in 1997.

Seeing the light Khristian finally joined the Navy, where over the next 13 years he served as a Logistics Officer in two frigates and one AOR. He also served in various jobs ashore but his most memorable shore posting was” as the Maritime Counter Terrorism Project Officer in support Canada’s premier Special Forces unit JTF2 where the played a maritime version of James Bond’s “Q”.

After a dog-watch in Canadian Surface Combatant project management office as Supply Integration Manager, Khristian spent the final months of his career in Afghanistan where he streamlined and codified the complex process of drawing down Canada’s footprint in Kandahar.

Retiring in 2011, Khristian accepted a civilian position with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency in Luxembourg, and is currently the Chief of the Naval Support Section, providing full spectrum support to the Naval Logistics Support Partnership, which currently consists of 20 NATO and Partner navies.

Khristian professional qualifications include Canadian Professional Logistician, Project Management Professional, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Managing Successful Programmes, and ILS Manager. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Project Management. When he isn’t providing global maritime support he is either folk dancing or leading expeditions over the world’s most challenging trails.