Kevin MacLeod, CVO, CD, was born in North Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and raised on a farm in nearby Boularderie. He began his public education at the local country school in Millville and went on to study at Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts) and Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario) where he received Bachelors (History / Political Science) and Masters (International Affairs) degrees.
Following studies at the Université de Dijon, Dijon, France (1974-75), he returned to Ottawa where he was employed for ten years as an administrative assistant in the House of Commons. Subsequently, he served as a Chief of Staff to a Minister of the Crown before joining the then Department of the Secretary of State (now the Department of Canadian Heritage) where he served 22 years as Chief of Protocol.
Following his retirement from the Public Service, Mr. MacLeod was appointed by the Prime Minister On March 27, 2008, to the position ofUsher of the Black Rod in the Senate. On April 1, 2009, the Prime Minister announced Mr. MacLeod's appointment as the Canadian Secretary to The Queen and Chair of the Diamond Jubilee Committee.
In 1992, Her Majesty The Queen invested him as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) for personal service to The Sovereign. A decade later, she promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant (L.V.O.) during the highly successful Golden Jubilee Visit and, in 2005, to Commander (C.V.O.) – the highest level available to Canadians. He is the only Canadian to have been promoted through all three ranks.
Although he has written a number of publications for the Government of Canada, A Stone on Their Cairn / Clach air An Càrn - A Cape Breton Sagais the first work published under his name.
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.