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Charles H. Belzile
Born March 12, 1933 (1933-03-12) ),
Allegiance Canada
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Canadian Army, Royal 22e Régiment
Awards CM, CMM, CD, Vimy Award
Other work businessman, consultant

Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile, CM, CMM, CD (born March 12, 1933) was a Canadian soldier and a former head of the Canadian Army. He is an honorary member of the Royal Military College of Canada student #H22547. [1]



Born in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, he graduated from the Université de Montréal in 1953.


He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1951 and was commissioned in The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (QOR of C). He was then assigned as a platoon commander in Korea. Upon his return from the Korean theatre, he assumed a number of staff and command positions including that of Adjutant with 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and staff officer at Quebec Command Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

In 1968 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel and appointed Commanding Officer, Royal 22e Régiment in Valcartier. In 1972, he was appointed Commander, Combat Arms School, at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick as a colonel. He was later appointed to several high-profile positions in Canada and abroad. He commanded 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in the former Federal Republic of Germany as a brigadier-general. As major-general in 1977 he took command of Canadian Forces Europe. In 1981 he was promoted lieutenant-general and appointed Commander, Mobile Command, the title under which the army was known at that time. He retired from active duty in 1986.

LGen Belzile retired from the Canadian Forces in October 1986. Following his retirement from the military, LGen Belzile held a position of Vice-President with SNC Industrial Technologies of Le Gardeur, Quebec, from 1987 to 1992. Since 1992 he has been President of CH Belzile Consultants. In 1994 he became part of a team on a study to improve the efficiency of the Irish Defence Forces. He served on the Special Commission on the Restructuring of the Canadian Forces Reserves. He was a member of the Special Advisory Group on Military Justice and Military Police Investigation Services. He was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets from 1993-98. In 1998, he was appointed head of the Military Police Services Review Group. He has served as president of the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation (now the Canadian Battlefields Foundation), president of the Conference of Defence Associations and as a member of the Canadian War Museum Advisory Council. [2]


In 2000, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was a recipient of the Vimy Award, which recognizes a Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values. On 24 November 2001, he was appointed Honorary Grand President of The Royal Canadian Legion. Mr. Belzile is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit. He is a recipient of the French Légion d’Honneur. [3]




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