Bio (Finn Knutsen)

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Finn Knutsen


Associate Faculty




Dr. Finn Knutsen brings a wealth of public and private sector experiences combined with international experience to the classroom. His academic interests and perspectives are centred internationally on sustainability and inclusivity. Knutsen brings years of entrepreneurial and executive knowledge and experience in the areas of policy, program evaluation, technology development and marketing among many others to the classroom. His personal interests are an extension of his academic interests expanded to include his family, boating, music, the environment, the cosmos and spirituality.  


Prior to teaching at Royal Roads, Knutsen taught for Asia Pacific International University as well as in various corporate settings. He has been a CEO, executive and entrepreneur in multiple sectors including aerospace, defence technology, technology development, management consulting, venture capital placement, internet and the marine sectors. A 25-year Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) veteran with 25 years business experience, Knutsen has published work consistently throughout his public and private sector careers. He has travelled extensively, studied in seven countries and lived and worked in three countries.


Knutsen is a RCAF Meritorious Service Cross recipient (1988) and has been awarded the Canadian Forces Service medal and clasp. He completed diploma programs at the masters’ level in Aerospace Engineering Management with the RCAF and in European Strategic Studies with the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Dr. Knutsen holds a Doctor of Business Administration in International and Strategic Management (2002) from Asia Pacific International University (California) and a Master of Business Administration (1994) from Asia Pacific University (New Zealand).