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General Rick Hillier (Ret)

Chief of the Defence Staff 2005-2008

Rick Hillier’s passion, leadership and outspoken nature have captured the hearts and minds of Canadians across the country. A man who takes pride in his country, his team and the significance of his mission, General Hillier is one of Canada’s most celebrated leaders.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Leadership
Professionals are always looking to advance and now their opportunity has arrived to do so. Despite what many think, leadership is not a “top down” concept. It is cultivated with humility and discipline. It merges the passion of the heart with the ability of the mind.

Governance and Public Policy

Team Building 

  • 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 and Mail
  • General Hillier, it was wonderful to meet you at our event. The response to your keynote has been overwhelming. Employees told me they could have listened to you “for hours”,... Every employee I have spoken to was just so inspired, loved the stories, and enjoyed the laughter (but some shed a few tears too).

    - Microsoft Canada
  • General Hillier was able to captivate the audience at the end of a long day/week which says a great deal in and of itself. His humour punctuating very serious issues was incredibly effective. His message about the importance of character and candour to leadership resonated well with the students.

    - Ivey Business School

Summary Profile

Rick Hillier’s passion, leadership and outspoken nature have captured the hearts and minds of Canadians across the country. A man who takes pride in his country, his team and the significance of his mission, General Hillier is one of Canada’s most celebrated leaders.

Hillier tells it like it is – with confidence and a straight-talking manner. As Chief of the Defence Staff, Canada’s highest ranking position in the Canadian Forces, he oversaw our country’s most important mission in Afghanistan. Since retiring from that role in the military, he’s become more active in business and community programs, as organizations see the value in learning from and engaging with such a strong leader, motivator and team builder as Rick Hillier.

Considered one of Canada’s most charismatic and influential soldiers, General Rick Hillier will challenge convention and inspire pride in being Canadian, all while sharing his trademark Newfoundland charm and humour.