George E. C. Macdonald

Ottawa Office

222 Queen Street, Suite 1502
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5V9

(613) 232-1576
(613) 238-5519

CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc.

Founders Square
1701 Hollis Street
Suite 800
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3M8

(902) 491-4279
(902) 429-5237

George Macdonald
Senior Partner
gmacdonald@cfncon.com

Lieutenant-General (Retired) George Macdonald joined CFN Consultants in Jan 2005 after serving 38 years in the Canadian Forces, culminating in the position of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 to 2004, following three years as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of NORAD.

Initially, LGen Macdonald spent several years as an operational fighter pilot. He commanded at the squadron, base/wing, and air division level. Throughout his career, he held many leadership positions in Ottawa, and has served with NATO forces in Germany and Norway, and with North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in both Winnipeg and Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also held the position of Director of Operations in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office.

In addition to his broad operational experience, LGen Macdonald has extensive executive-level expertise in military requirements and capability planning, all aspects of defence program management, corporate change management, international security issues, and Canada-U.S. relations. In his last position as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Macdonald was the senior resource manager for DND and was responsible for strategic planning. As the second senior officer in the CF and chief of staff of National Defence Headquarters, he worked closely with both the Deputy Minister and the Chief of the Defence Staff on both resource and operational issues.

LGen Macdonald is a graduate of the University of Calgary and the National Defence College and has an Honorary Doctorate degree from York University. He has been published on several topics, including change leadership, interoperability, capability-based planning knowledge management, ballistic missile defence, and defence procurement.

At CFN, George is actively involved in procurement analysis and the strategic defence environment. His focus is on projects related to air requirements but he contributes to a number of other initiatives as well.