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Andrew Leslie
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General Leslie
Birth name Andrew Brooke Leslie
Born December 1957 (age 64)
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army Flag.svg Canadian Forces
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Chief of the Land Staff
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Meritorious Service Cross
Meritorious Service Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration
Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland[1]

Lieutenant-General Andrew Brooke Leslie, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD (born December 1957) is a retired Canadian Forces general officer who most notably served as Chief of Transformation and earlier as Chief of the Land Staff.


Andrew Leslie's father was Colonel Edward Murray Dalziel (McNaughton) Leslie, commander of Royal Canadian Horse Artillery during the Korean War. He is a grandson of former Chief of the General Staff and Minister of National Defence General Andrew McNaughton, as well as of former Canadian Minister of National Defence Brooke Claxton.[2]

Military career

Leslie joined the 30th Field Regiment when at University of Ottawa.[3] He went on to be Commanding Officer of 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, Manitoba.[3] While in London, England, as a graduate student he was attached to the Honourable Artillery Company.[4]

In 1995 he was promoted to Colonel and sent to the Former Yugoslavia as Chief of Staff for Sector South.[3] He then became the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia.[3]

He was the Area Chief of Staff during the Manitoba floods in Spring 1997.[3] Later in 1997 he became the commander of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group which was sent to the South shore of Montreal to help with disaster relief operations.[3]

In 2000 he was given responsibility for communications in the Canadian Forces and in 2002 he became the commander of Land Force Central Area.[3]

He became Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2003 and then became Assistant Chief of the Land Staff in 2004.[3] In June 2006 he was appointed Chief of the Land Staff.[5]

In June 2010, General Leslie was replaced as Chief of Land Staff by Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin.[6] At the same time, LGen Leslie was named Chief of Transformation for the Canadian Forces.[7]

Post-military career

Leslie retired in September 2011, and was subsequently hired by CGI Group to lead their new Defence, Public Safety and Intelligence unit in Ottawa.[8]

On September 18, 2013, Leslie was named co-chair of the Liberal International Affairs Council of Advisors, providing advice on foreign and defence issues to Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau.[9][10]


Military offices
Preceded by
Marc Caron
Chief of the Land Staff
Succeeded by
Peter Devlin

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