Biographical notes

Ottawa, Ontario
4 November 2012

Kevin Stewart MacLeod

Kevin Stewart MacLeod is a native of Boularderie Island, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  He studied at Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts) and Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario), and received both an under-graduate degree in history / political science and a graduate degree in international affairs.  He also pursued studies at l’Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France).

Mr. MacLeod gained 10 years of parliamentary experience as an administrative assistant in the House of Commons.  For 22 years, he served with the Department of Canadian Heritage, most notably as Chief of Protocol.  In this role, he was responsible for, among other duties, the organization and delivery of Royal Tours to Canada by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Members of the Canadian Royal Family.  In 1992, Her Majesty invested Mr. MacLeod as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for personal service to the Sovereign.  Subsequently, she promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant (LVO) in 2002 and, in 2005, to Commander (CVO) — the highest level of the Order available to Canadians — making him the only Canadian to have been promoted through all three ranks.  During the 2005 Royal Tour, he served as Deputy Co-ordinator and then as Acting Canadian Secretary to Her Majesty.

Mr. MacLeod was appointed Usher of the Black Rod, Senate of Canada, on March 26, 2008.   In addition to these duties, on March 31, 2009 he was further appointed Canadian Secretary to The Queen and Chair of the Government of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Committee – three areas of responsibility that he continues to fulfill.  In April 2010, he was also appointed by the Prime Minister to the Governor General Consultation Committee – a committee mandated to bring forward names for consideration for the appointment of a new governor general.  This process resulted in the eventual appointment of David Johnston as Canada’s 28th governor general since Confederation.

Mr. MacLeod is the author of the bilingual historical novel A Stone on Their Cairn / Clach air An Càrn, about the lives of Scottish Highland settlers in rural Cape Breton.  He also authored A Crown of Maples / La Couronne canadienne - an overview of the Canadian Crown and constitutional monarchy in Canada, published by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Mr. MacLeod served as a reservist in Her Majesty’s Canadian Forces for some twenty years.  He is a member of the Senate of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Robert Douglas Watt

Robert D. Watt was born in Picton, Ontario, and currently resides in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Watt holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario).

Appointed Citizenship Judge in Vancouver in September 2009, he is a Canadian social historian who served as the first Chief Herald of Canada from 1988-2007 in the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Mr. Watt was previously Director of the Vancouver Museum, and the City of Vancouver Archivist.

Mr. Watt has served in several areas of heritage preservation and on the boards of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, the International Academy of Heraldry, the B.C. Museums Association, and the Vancouver Historical Society. He was also president of the Bureau permanent des congrès internationaux des sciences généalogique et héraldique. He has written, published and lectured extensively in Canada and internationally on Canadian heraldry, Canadian social history and material culture, notably historic Canadian stained glass, museum and archival studies and genealogy.

Appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2008, he is also an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John and received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 12th Vancouver Field Ambulance, a reserve unit in the Canadian Forces.

Jacques Monet

Jacques Monet was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. After studying at the Collège Saint-Jean and at Loyola College in Montreal, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at Guelph, Ontario. He received his B.A. from the Université de Montréal, his degrees in Philosophy and Theology at the Collège de l’Immaculée-Conception in Montréal, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Monet is currently the Director of the Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, a position he has held since 1988. He is also the Historian of the Archive of the Jesuits in Canada. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities across the country, and is involved in numerous boards and associations.

In 1966, Dr. Monet was ordained to the priesthood at the Church of the Immaculée-Conception in Montréal and made his final profession in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre, Paris, in 1971.

Dr. Monet is a specialist in Canadian constitutional and social history as well as nineteenth-century French-Canadian nationalism, in Church and in Jesuit history. He has published many scholarly articles, and has also contributed to many books, including the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and the Canadian Encyclopedia.

For his work, he has received various awards and honours.  He is a recipient of Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, as well as the Governor General’s Gold Medal, among others.