Born in Cardiff, Wales, Brockington was educated at the University of Wales, graduating with honours in Latin and Greek. He arrived in Canada in 1912. Settling in Edmonton, Brockington became a journalist and civil servant. He studied law at the University of Alberta and became a solicitor for the city of Calgary. He then joined the Calgary law firm of James Lougheed and R. B. Bennett.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the CBC from 1936 to 1939. He also served as:
- Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mackenzie King from 1939 to 1942
- Narrator of the introduction to Humphrey Jennings Listen to Britain
- Joined the law firm Gowling, MacTavish, Osborne and Henderson in 1942 as Counsel
- Adviser on Commonwealth Affairs to the British Ministry of Information from 1942 to 1943
- a member of the Canada Council
- Rector of Queen's University from 1947 to 1966
An annual Visitorship was established at Queen's in 1968, to honour the memory of Brockington, with the help of funding from the Samuel McLaughlin Foundation. The Visitorship brings "a person of international distinction" to come to Queen's to deliver a public lecture, and to meet formally and informally with faculty, students, and community members.
Queen's has also named Brockington House, a student residence, in his memory. In 1946, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.
- Brockington, Leonard (1954). "St. George and Merrie England". The Empire Club of Canada Speeches 1953-1954. The Empire Club Foundation. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
- Leonard Walter Brockington fonds at Queen’s University Archives
- Leonard Walter Brockington at The Canadian Encyclopedia
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