Former Chief of the Defence Staff
Canadian Armed Forces
Keynote Address - Leadership in Tough Times
Thursday, January 26 1:30pm - 2:30pm Plenary Room
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. His book, A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War, is a hard-hitting, honest account of Hillier’s role, and will undoubtedly be one of the most important books published in Canada this decade.
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.
A talk on leadership in tough times based on lessons learned from the school of hard knocks. Illustrating leadership lessons 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. Their leadership, proven and real, can serve to guide leaders in every part of our society, because they have absorbed that leadership is all about people.