Kevin S. MacLeod

Kevin Stewart MacLeod CVO CD (born 1951) is a former Canadian Secretary to the Queen of Canada,[1] former Usher of the Black Rod for the Canadian Senate,[2][3] and the author of the historical fiction novel, A Stone on Their Cairn / Clach air An Càrn.[4]

Kevin S. MacLeod

Kevin S. MacLeod in the Canadian Senate Chamber
15th Usher of the Black Rod
In office
26 May 2008  30 September 2013
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralMichaëlle Jean
David Johnston
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byTerrance Christopher
Succeeded byJ. Greg Peters
Personal details
Born1951 (age 6970)
North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
OccupationAuthor, former Usher of the Black Rod, Secretary to the Queen

Born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, MacLeod studied at Boston University and Carleton University, where he received both his bachelor's degree in history and political science and a master's degree in international affairs,[2] before moving on to the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. After his return from there, MacLeod served for 10 years as an administrative assistant in the House of Commons of Canada, subsequently acting as a chief of staff for one of the then ministers of the Crown before being employed by the Department of Canadian Heritage for 22 years. Among his accomplishments in that office, MacLeod was appointed as the Chief of Protocol and then authored A Crown of Maples / La Couronne canadienne  an educational book on the Canadian monarchy, published by the heritage department.[5]

It is the responsibility of the Department of Canadian Heritage to organize royal tours of Canada, and it was for that in 1987 of Queen Elizabeth II that MacLeod first had a part in coordinating such an event. By the time of the Queen's 2005 visit to the prairies to celebrate the centennials of Alberta's and Saskatchewan's entry into Confederation, MacLeod was given the role of Acting Secretary to the Queen. For his service to the monarch, he had already been in 1992 appointed as a member of the Royal Victorian Order, and in 2002, the year of Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.[6] But it was during the 2005 tour that MacLeod was elevated by the Queen in person to the highest position a Canadian can hold in the order (due to the government's adherence to the Nickle Resolution), that of commander;[7] this made MacLeod the only Canadian to be promoted through all three levels of the order in Canada.[2]

On March 27, 2008, MacLeod was appointed by order of the Governor-in-Council as the Usher of the Black Rod for the Senate,[3] replacing Terrance Christopher.

On April 1, 2009, MacLeod was further appointed as the full-time Canadian Secretary to the Queen,[1] putting him in charge of, amongst other things, coordinating royal tours of Canada and chairing the Diamond Jubilee Committee (to organize the celebrations in 2012 for the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession as Queen of Canada). He was responsible for the visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Canada in November 2009,[8] and he was responsible for co-ordinating the Queen's 24th official visit to Canada in 2010.[9]

In 2010, MacLeod was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Governor General Consultation Committee,[10] a special committee to recommend a successor to Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean. The panel recommended David Lloyd Johnston, who was installed as viceroy on October 1, 2010.[11]

MacLeod retired from his post as the Usher in 2013.[12][13][14] MacLeod retired from his post as Canadian Secretary to the Queen, and from the public service, on February 10, 2017.

Medal entitlement

Kevin S. MacLeod is entitled to the following medals.

Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
  • Member 1992 (MVO)
  • Lieutenant 2002 (LVO)
  • Commander 2005 (CVO)
Canada 125 Medal1992
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal2002 - Canadian Version of this Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal2012 - Canadian Version of this Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan2005


  1. "PM announces the appointment of Kevin MacLeod as Canadian Secretary to the Queen" (Press release). Office of the Prime Minister. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  2. "Debates of the Senate (Hansard)". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  3. "Prime Minister announces appointment of Mr. Kevin MacLeod as Usher of the Black Rod" (Press release). Office of the Prime Minister. 27 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  4. Kevin S. MacLeod, A Stone on Their Cairn / Clach Air an Càrn: A Cape Breton Saga (Tantallon, N.S.: Glen Margaret, 2007), ISBN 9781897462003.
  5. A Crown of Maples: Constitutional Monarchy in Canada, 2015 ed. (Ottawa: Department of Canadian Heritage / Le Ministère du Patrimoine canadien, 2015), Government of Canada Catalogue № CH4-129/2012E, ISBN 978-1-100-20079-8. Publié aussi en français sous le titre : La Couronne canadienne : La Monarchie constitutionnelle au Canada, № de catalogue du gouvernement du Canada CH4-129/2012F, ISBN 978-1-100-98677-7.
  6. Office of the Governor General (1 March 2009). "Government House". Canada Gazette. Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. 137 (9). Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  7. Office of the Governor General (25 March 2006). "Government House". Canada Gazette. Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. 140 (12). Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  8. "Prince Charles to visit Canada in November". CBC News. 28 June 2009.
  9. "Queen's Canadian visit confirmed for 2010". CBC News. 12 July 2009.
  10. Office of the Prime Minister of Canada (9 June 2010) “Governor General Consultation Committee” (8 June 2010). “”
  11. Gloria Galloway; John Ibbitson (2010-07-08). "Next governor-general unveiled". The Globe And Mail.
  12. "Procedural Officers and Senior Officials - Senate".
  13. Debates of the Senate (Hansard)
  14. Debates of the Senate (Hansard)