Kirsten Sutton

Chief Technology & Information Officer

Kirsten Sutton is an unconventional tech leader. From a professionally trained chef, Kirsten Sutton navigated a significant career pivot to become one of Vancouver’s most celebrated tech execs. As Chief Technology & Information Officer at Vancity, Kirsten oversees all Vancity’s technology operations as well as drives the organization’s digital future linking technology, members and community.

Before her appointment at Vancity, Kirsten spent 25 years at SAP across a variety of roles, most recently as Managing Director for SAP Labs Canada, the 3000-strong development organization across the country.

Her experience in the tech sector spans 25 years. But that only tells part of Kirsten’s story.

Apart from being regarded as an energetic, inspiring and authentic leader, Kirsten is a highly engaged community leader: chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, past co-chair of the Government of BC’s Presidents Group which champions accessible and inclusive workplaces, member of the Government of Canada’s Task Force for Women in the Economy, and director of BC Tech and Science World.

A recipient of many awards, Kirsten has been recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction and received a Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business award. She is also an in-demand speaker with more than 35 engagements a year in person and through the media.

An inquisitive thinker, Kirsten explored 24 different jobs early in her career before she set out on a technology path. The most interesting? You’ll have to ask her, but Private Investigator would be up there.

Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and creative writing from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors from the University of California at Irvine.

Kirsten unleashes her creativity through cooking and writing. Thanks to her university education and training as a French chef she has created and served thousands of meals, published several short stories and theater productions as well as continues to plug away at a half-written novel.