Pierre was born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Canada. At 17, he joined the Canadian Forces and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean in 1967. After graduating, he joined the Royal 22e Régiment (Infantry) and saw service in a number of countries including England, Germany (NATO), Cyprus (peace keeping) and, India and Nepal (Defence Adviser). He commanded 1Commando and the Infantry School, and held senior staff appointments in the National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ). In 1995, he took command of Canadian Forces Northern Area (Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories) where he served until his retirement in 2000.
In September 2000, Colonel Pierre Leblanc retired from the Canadian Forces to join Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. in Yellowknife, NWT, where he was the Vice President of Corporate Affairs. He had responsibilities for public affairs, government relations and marketing of rough diamonds. He became knowledgeable of diamond exploration, mining, marketing of rough diamonds, diamond manufacturing, diamond jewellery making and retail. He was closely involved in the design of the Canadian Voluntary Code of Conduct for Authenticating Canadian Diamond Claims. He participated in the review process of the Kimberley Process and contributed to its domestic implementation through Bill C-14. He was a member of the Industry Government Overview Committee (IGOC), NWT Sub-committee until 2004. He was a member of the IGOC Working Group on Geoscience and was instrumental in the completion of a study of the requirement for geoscience in the North of Canada.
In May of 2003, he formed Canadian Diamond Consultants Inc. to provide advice in the exciting and emerging Canadian diamond industry. His office was in Yellowknife, Canada, the heart of the Canadian diamond commercial activity. In 2004 he relocated to Ottawa, Ontario, the National Capital of Canada and an important political, regulatory and policy center for the Canadian diamond industry.
He has contacts in the federal and territorial governments as well as in the diamond industry, from exploration to retail. He is a member of the World Diamond Council. He is the Treasurer of the Canadian Diamond Code Committee which manages the Canadian Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Authenticating Canadian Diamond Claims. He was instrumental in the formation of the Diamond Manufacturers Association of Canada. He was a director of Majescor Resources Inc, a diamond exploration company which had projects in Canada, Brazil and Madagascar. He does freelancing and was published in Canadian Diamonds magazine.
He is a Council Member with the Gerson Lehrman Group of New York, a member of the Executive Forum of the Coleman Research Group also of New York and a member of Guidepoint Global Advisors.
Having spent nine years in the Arctic where he has travelled extensively including Alaska and Greenland and given his military experience as the Commander of now Joint Task Force North for five years he also provides advice on Arctic security. He has been an advocate for improved security in the Arctic since 1998. He was instrumental in the revived Canadian government focus on Arctic security. He has been published and repeatedly quoted in the media. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on Arctic security and sovereignty on several national television channels in both French and English. He has lectured in a number of Canadian universities. He has consulted on the matter with the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Senate. He is well known by most of the Inuit political and development agencies. Please visit www.arcticsecurity.ca.
Since May 2014 Pierre has joined Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL) to manage the Operation and Maintenance of the North Warning System which consists principally of 47 air defence radars stretching in the Arctic from the Alaska-Yukon Border to Labrador.
Pierre has a Bachelor degree in Sciences (1973). He holds a Royal Military College of Science (England) Division I diploma (1980), a one year, post graduate course in project management. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Queen’s University (1998). He has completed a Gemmological Institute of America diamond grading course (2004).
Chronological Work Experience
Pierre Leblanc is associated with the following organizations and associations: