The Honourable Andrew Leslie
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations)
Born into a multi-generational military family, Andrew enjoyed a decorated 35-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His career has included a variety of command and staff positions in numerous overseas postings with the UN and NATO. In addition to his extensive military experience in Canada, involving disaster relief in floods and the 1998 Quebec ice storm, Andrew has served on international missions, including leading troops in Germany, Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia, and, most recently, Afghanistan. In 2006, he became Chief of the Land Staff/Army Commander, a position he held until 2010, during which time he was responsible for 57,000 military and public service personnel, their equipment, military training and infrastructure. In 2011, he was appointed the Chief of Transformation until his retirement.
Mr. Leslie’s service has been recognized on numerous occasions. Among his Canadian distinctions, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 2005 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross. Internationally, he was appointed a Commander of the U.S. Legion of Merit in 2007 and was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2010.
After a successful career in the Canadian military, Andrew retired in 2011 and worked as a senior vice president of CGI Group Inc., a Canadian information technology corporation. In 2013, he founded his own consulting firm specializing in leadership and strategy. His professional experience is complemented by several academic degrees and courses focusing on economics, history, leadership, strategy, tactics, equipment acquisition and management. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Ottawa and a Masters at the Royal Military College, in addition to undertaking professional development in management at the Harvard Business School.
After leaving the military, Mr. Leslie continued to be an active member of his local and Canadian military communities. He was a member of the advisory committee of the Prince of Wales Charities in Canada, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association, and a board member of Opera Lyra Ottawa.
Mr. Leslie was elected as Member of Parliament for Orléans in October 2015. Mr. Leslie served as Chief Government Whip from November 2015 to January 2017.
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