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General Rick Hillier (Ret)

Speaker

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canada's 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.

Keynote Speeches

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.  Hillier notes leadership is all about people—embracing those you are in charge of and winning over those you need to work with—not about risk aversion or management fads.  Leaders also act out of moral courage, take advantage of crises, accept failure and remain perpetually optimistic. Whether on the front lines of a business or in any situation that requires strong communication and vision, leaders go with their gut and make the tough decisions look easy. 

Audience reviews:

  • We were very, very happy with Rick Hillier. He did a great job of tying in his presentation to our business, he had people laughing and crying, and he really got them energized... he was wonderful to deal with – pleasant, easy going, not demanding, flexible with our last minute changes of schedule. Absolutely nothing but good things to say.

    - Director, Corporate Events at CIBC
  • He is remarkable. The feedback has been exceptionally positive. The General captivated the crowd...Absolutely the best. I'd highly recommend him.

    - President of the Phoenix Group
  • 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
  • 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

Speaker Biography

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.