Hill+Knowlton Strategies Appoints Canadian Armed Forces Veteran
Andrew Leslie joins the Ottawa team as an associate
OTTAWA, Ontario -- April 25, 2013
Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), Canada’s No. 1-rated public relations and
government relations firm, today announces the appointment of Andrew (Andy)
Leslie as an associate in the Ottawa office, effective immediately.
Before retiring in 2011, Andy was with the Canadian Armed Forces as the chief
of transformation, leading a multidisciplinary team of military and civilian
personnel. During this time, Andy was responsible for completing the “2011
Report on Transformation”. He comes to H+K as an associate focusing on
strategic consultancy with expertise in tactical advisory and cyber
resilience. Andy will be able to advise the firm’s wide range of private- and
public-sector clients across the country.
“Andy brings stellar experience from a 35-year career to our team,” says
Michael Coates, chairman and CEO of H+K. “We continue to focus on diversifying
our talent pool to meet our clients’ evolving needs. Andy represents the high
calibre of talent that H+K attracts, and we know that clients appreciate
having access to the best of the best.”
During his career, Andy served at home and abroad with NATO and United
Nations-dedicated forces in a variety of mission areas, and held senior
positions in the former Yugoslavia. He returned to Western Canada as the area
chief of staff in 1996, and subsequently led 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade
Group during the ice-storm disaster relief operations in Québec in the
In 2003, as a major-general, Andy was deployed as the deputy commander of the
International Security Assistance Force and Commander Task Force in Kabul,
Afghanistan. In 2006, he was promoted to lieutenant-general and appointed
chief of the land staff and commander of the land forces, a position he held
for four years – during the height of the most recent Afghan war.
Andy has studied at Ottawa University, Royal Military College of Canada,
University of London and the Harvard Business School, and has degrees in
economics and strategic studies.
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada
With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leader in
both PR and government relations. The company is the No. 1-rated strategic
communications firm in Canada. It specializes in corporate communications,
public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy, technology, health
care, digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The
only communications firm to have earned the Order of Excellence from
Excellence Canada, it is also recognized as one of the 2013 Best Workplaces in
Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 89 offices in
52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and is a member of WPP
(NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.
Meaghan Beech, 416-413-4650
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.