William Leach (Canadian Army officer)

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Bill Leach
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Forces
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the Land Staff
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant-General William Leach CMM, CD was the Chief of the Land Staff of the Canadian Forces.

Military career[edit]

Leach graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Economics and Commerce in 1965 and was commissioned into the Canadian Army.[1] He went on to command a Logistic Battalion.[2] From 1977 he worked in a series of senior administrative and finance positions at National Defence Headquarters[1] and from 1987 he held various supply and logistics appointments there.[1]

In 1995 he was appointed Deputy Commander at Canadian Forces Land Force Command[2] and in 1997 he became Chief of the Land Staff, a post he held until Summer 2000.[1]

In 2000 he was appointed a Vice President Operations with Honeywell Canada Logistic Services[1] and in 2005 he was made a Vice President of Mincom Defence.[1]


He was married to Canadian artist Mary Louise Leach, who died from cancer in 2003; they have two daughters and a son.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Maurice Baril
Chief of the Land Staff
Succeeded by
Mike Jeffery