Harry Sutherland was Chairman of the VGGPRF and our library is named after him. A lawyer, he started practising in 1954 and became a partner of Fraser & Beatty in 1962, retiring in 1996. Harry edited several editions of Fraser and Stewart (both former Fraser & Beatty partners) on "Company Law in Canada," a definitive text on Canadian corporate law. He was most proud of having been appointed a Queen’s Counsel.
For more than 50 years, Harry played a large part in the management and direction of not only Canadian philately but that of the continent and the world. He joined The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) in 1954 and was elected Vice-President in 1966 and a year later he became President upon the death of Dr. Mac Geldert. He served until 1978, the longest serving President of The RPSC. After his term ended he took on the posts of Secretary and Legal Advisor and was still shouldering these responsibilities on his death in 2006. He was elected a Fellow of The RPSC in 1968 and was asked to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1991, the highest philatelic honour any of us can aspire to. The Royal Philatelic Society London gave him an Honorary Fellowship, a rare honour bestowed infrequently. He was also honoured with the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) medal and the Lichtenstein Award for his contributions to philately. He had served a term on the FIP board and was, at the time of his death, Treasurer to Federacion Inter-Americana de Filatelia.