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General Rick Hillier

Former Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Forces

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Leadership requirements on the front lines of business are not so different than those on the front lines of combat, says speaker  General (Retired) Rick Hillier. Each position requires a strong and sound vision to lead a united and skilled team. Drawing from more than 30 years of experience with the Canadian Forces, including the three he served as Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Hillier takes audiences through the principles of leadership that he learned on the battlefield, and how they can be applied to civilian life.  +

General Hillier joined the Canadian Forces in 1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program. Ascending in rank throughout his career, he commanded many troops—from platoon level to multi-national formation level—within Canada, Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has also worked as a staff officer in several headquarters: first, in Montreal, at the Army level; later, in Ottawa, at the strategic level.

In 1998, General Hillier was appointed as the first Canadian Deputy Commanding General of III Corps, US Army, in Fort Hood, Texas. In 2000, he assumed command of the Multinational Division (Southwest) of NATO’s Stabilization Force, serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2003, he was appointed as Commander of the Army and, later that year, was selected as Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In 2005, General Hillier was promoted to his present rank, when he assumed duties as the Chief of the Defence Staff. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2008. His first bestselling book, A Soldier First, recounts his role and experiences within the Canadian military, while his latest (also a bestseller), Leadership Matters, emphasizes the important role that a great leader can play in the lives of others.  --

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Leadership in Tough Times

Through the stories of the men and women who represent our country around the world, supported by their families, and doing the toughest jobs imaginable, Hillier illustrates how at its core, leadership is about people. This presentation is both funny and moving. Hillier uses stunning and poignant visuals of our troops “in action” to demonstrate how leaders are made, not born, and this presentation is certain to resonate with a wide spectrum of audiences.

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Testimonials

Gen Hillier's presentation was just splendid, and he personifies what we are all so proud of in those who serve in the armed forces. He combined stories about his incredible career experiences with great humour, and he has an exceptional ability to connect with his audience. His leadership lessons can be applied to any work environment. He had us all laughing, crying, and wanting to work in Tim Horton's in Kandahar. He graciously posed for pictures, and signed copies of his new book, which we gave away as very popular door prizes. Thanks for spending time with our group - we are all new fans!

–The Canadian Institute of Underwriters

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Gen Hillier's presentation was just splendid, and he personifies what we are all so proud of in those who serve in the armed forces. He combined stories about his incredible career experiences with great humour, and he has an exceptional ability to connect with his audience. His leadership lessons can be applied to any work environment. He had us all laughing, crying, and wanting to work in Tim Horton's in Kandahar. He graciously posed for pictures, and signed copies of his new book, which we gave away as very popular door prizes. Thanks for spending time with our group - we are all new fans!

–The Canadian Institute of Underwriters

Warm, witty and wise, General Rick Hillier is an electric speaker who charges his audience with enthusiasm and is an ideal choice for any conference. After a long day of presentations and panel discussions as part of our International Transportation Summit , General Hillier stepped to the podium to deliver an address on Canada's military role in the world and the men and women who define that role. His personal anecdotes and slide presentation put a human touch on the Canadian Military and the families that support them. General Hillier engaged and charmed the crowd, with his fast-paced, information-packed and emotion-filled address. He moved grown men to tears. Need I say more

–Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association

As our Conference Opening Keynote Speaker you inspired our conference attendees to reach for greater heights in leadership. Your keynote address directly impacted the overall success of our national conference and was very much appreciated by those in attendance. Your session was the highest rated presentation at the conference. The comments I received from our attendees about your presentation throughout the event were outstanding! We are very appreciative of the time you took to prepare and deliver your candid and inspiring presentation.

–Credit Union Central of Canada

Unstoppable. Immensely persuasive. Steeped in Newfoundlander charm. Magnetic leader. More impressive than any politician in Ottawa. Ask about a soldier named Rick Hillier and the superlatives never cease.

–The Globe & Mail

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