Kevin Macleod: Appointed Usher of the Black Rod & Canadian Secretary to The Queen

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PM announces reappointment of Kevin MacLeod as Canadian Secretary to the Queen

Ottawa, Ontario, 27 December 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the reappointment of Kevin MacLeod, C.V.O., C.D., as Canadian Secretary to The Queen.


“For nearly two years, Mr. MacLeod has performed his duties as Canadian Secretary to The Queen with honour and distinction and I am pleased that he has agreed to continue in this role,” said the Prime Minister.  “Royal Tours offer a unique opportunity to demonstrate the enduring ties between the Royal Family and Canadians and to celebrate this important aspect of our shared heritage, culture and identity.  As Canadian Secretary to The Queen, and Chair of the Diamond Jubilee Committee, Mr. MacLeod will play a crucial role in preparations for the celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign as Queen of Canada.”


Mr. MacLeod was first appointed as Canadian Secretary to the Queen on March 31, 2009.  He was also appointed Usher of the Black Rod on March 26, 2008.  He served thirty-one years in the Public Service of Canada, having spent twenty-two years with the Department of Canadian Heritage, most notably as Chief of Protocol.  He is the recipient of several honours and decorations, including Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.


The Canadian Secretary to The Queen coordinates the planning and delivery of Royal Tours to Canada through close partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office, various government officials and the Royal Households.


Prime Minister's Official Announcement (Ottawa, ON)


Prime Minister appoints Canadian Secretary to The Queen & Chair of Diamond Jubilee Committee

London, UKOn April 1, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Kevin MacLeod as Canadian Secretary to The Queen.

 

The Canadian Secretary to The Queen co-ordinates the planning and delivery of Royal Visits to Canada through close partnership with various government officials and the Royal Households.  Mr. MacLeod will lead the planning of Royal Visits expected to take place in 2009 and 2010.  He will also chair the Diamond Jubilee Committee—celebrating Her Majesty’s 60th anniversary as Queen of Canada in 2012. Mr. MacLeod will retain his position as Usher of the Black Rod.


Prime Minister's Official Announcement (London, UK)

Prime Minister's Official Announcement (Ottawa, ON)

Mr. MacLeod's biography from Prime Minister's official website

Canada News Centre

CBC News

The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

The Globe and Mail National


Kevin MacLeod appointed Usher of the Black Rod, Senate of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario—On March 27, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Kevin MacLeod as Usher of the Black Rod, Canada's third oldest political Office (following The Crown and Governor-General).

 

The Usher of the Black Rod carries out a 600 year old Parliamentary tradition as the personal attendant and messenger of the Sovereign or her representative. Amongst other responsibilities, the Usher directs all protocol, logistical and administrative details regarding openings of Parliament, including the Speech from the Throne. He is also a member of the Welcoming Party for all visiting Heads of State and Heads of Government.


Prime Minister's Official Announcement

Announcement on Leader of the Government in the Senate website

Usher of the Black Rod, Senate official website

Debates of the Senate: Welcome to Mr. Macleod

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