Updated: Dec 19, 2019

Former Army Commander and high-profile Liberal MP to provide senior leadership at Bluesky Strategy Group.

OTTAWA, ON – Bluesky Strategy Group, Ottawa’s leading public affairs firm, is pleased to announce that Lt.-Gen. (Ret’d.), the Hon. Andrew Leslie has joined their team as a Senior Associate.

“Bluesky Strategy Group is delighted to welcome the Hon. Andrew Leslie to our team”, said Susan Smith, Principal, Bluesky Strategy Group. “His experience in Parliament, as a key player with stakeholders and governors during the Canada-US NAFTA negotiations and his leadership at home and abroad with the Canadian Forces will bring tremendous value to Bluesky’s clients “The Hon. Andrew Leslie brings unique strategic insights and advice to Bluesky Strategy Group and our clients”, added Tim Barber, Principal, Bluesky Strategy Group “From security and defence, to trade and diplomacy, to cyber and more, Andrew’s networks and knowledge span Canada and the globe, he understands strategy, public affairs and communications of complex issues to large and small organizations, he will be a great addition to Bluesky.”

Andrew joins Bluesky Strategy Group after a decorated 35-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces, which includes international peacekeeping and combat tours (including the most recent Afghan war) with both the UN and NATO, as well as helping Canadians at home with floods, forest fires and the 1998 ice storm, culminating as the Commander and CEO of the Canadian Army. He was also co-chair of the Liberal International Affairs Council of Advisors and was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Orléans, in 2015. During his time on Parliament Hill, Leslie also served as the Chief Government Whip and then Parliamentary Secretary focused on the Canada-U.S. relationship, interacting with business leaders and elected officials at federal and state levels and establishing Canada’s place in the world through international trade and cyber-security.

“I have always admired the team that Tim and Susan have built at Bluesky Strategy Group and the interesting work that they do for their clients,” said Andrew. “I look forward to providing strategic advice, leadership knowledge and helping to grow their client base.”

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About Bluesky Strategy Group

Bluesky Strategy Group Inc. is a leading-edge, full-service public affairs firm with extensive experience advising C-suite clients in global and national private sector companies, not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, government departments and agencies. Founded in 2003, Bluesky Strategy Group provides clients with government relations, lobbying, strategic and crisis communications, media relations and digital strategic advice and execution, training and campaigns. Ottawa-based, our deep networks include federal, provincial and municipal officials and national media where our consultants are sought after for their political analysis and insight.

Bluesky Strategy Group is the current Chair and an active member of the Global Communications Alliance (, a network of more than a dozen independently owned public affairs firms across the globe. Through our partner agencies, we have local knowledge, access and “feet on the ground” in markets including the U.S., U.K., France, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Australia, Kenya, India and Russia.

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For more information, please contact:

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Bluesky Strategy Group

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