Jean-Pierre Kingsley

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Jean-Pierre Kingsley
5th Chief Electoral Officer of Canada
In office
Preceded by Jean-Marc Hamel
Succeeded by Marc Mayrand
Personal details
Born (1943-07-12) July 12, 1943 (age 73)
Ottawa, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Occupation civil servant
Profession Chief Electoral Officer

Jean-Pierre Kingsley (born July 12, 1943) was the President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.[1] He was the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada, before he stepped down in December 2006. On April 28, 2009 he announced his resignation as President of IFES. He was succeeded by Bill Sweeney.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

He was born in Ottawa in 1943. He was educated at the Académie De La Salle and went on to earn a BCom and a master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Ottawa.[3] Kingsley was named Chief Electoral Officer in February 1990[4] by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Prior to serving in that position, he served as:

He also served as Chairman of the Board for Ottawa's Montfort Hospital from 1982 to 1990.[3]

Late career[edit]

He served as head of the international team observing the Iraqi legislative election, January, 2005

On December 28, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Kingsley will be stepping down effective February 17, 2007. His successor as Chief Electoral Officer is Marc Mayrand. Prior to his resignation, Kingsley and the ruling Conservative party disagreed over whether fees paid to attend political conventions should be counted as political donations.[5]

In 2007, Kingsley was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award the Mexican government bestows on foreign nationals.[6]

In November 2011, he observed the elections in Saint Lucia, as part of a Commonwealth Assessment Team constituted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.



Government offices
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Hamel
Chief Electoral Officer
Succeeded by
Marc Mayrand