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William Alexander (Alex) Morrison
Born 1941 (1941)
Place of birth Sydney, Nova Scotia,
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Forces.
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Awards Meritorious Service Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration, Pearson Medal of Peace
Other work educator

William Alexander (Alex) Morrison, MSC, CD (born 1941) is a former Lieutenant Colonel of the Canadian Forces.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, he is a graduate of Xavier Junior College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 from Mount Allison University. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1959 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. While in the CF, he completed the year-long course at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (1970) and received a Master of Arts in war studies degree from Royal Military College of Canada, student #G0053 in 1980. From 1980 to 1982, he was an instructor at the Royal Military College of Canada where he taught an undergraduate course in Canadian Military History. He coached the RMC Debating Team from 1978 to 1982.

From 1983 to 1989, he was the military advisor to the Canadian permanent representative to the UN. He was vice-chairman of UN Peacekeeping Committee. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1989.

From 1989 to 1997, he was the executive director of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies. In 1994, he became the founding president of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.

He is the author of The Voice of Defence; The History of the Conference of Defence Associations (1982) and The Breed of Manly Men: the History of the Cape Breton Highlanders (1994).

He was the 2002 recipient of the Pearson Medal of Peace for his work in peacekeeping serving in the military of Canada for over thirty years.



  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. RMC. Kingston, Ontario. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984

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