Belzile, Charles

Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile, CM, CMM, CD is a former Commander of the Canadian Army (1981-1986). Enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1951, he served in both command and staff positions throughout a career which spanned 35 years. His service over the years took him to Korea, Germany, Cyprus and all over Canada. Inter alia, his appointments have included regimental duty with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion Royal 22e Régiment, Commandant Combat Arms School as well as Commander 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and Canadian Forces Europe in Germany.

Since retirement from the army and the Canadian Forces, he has worked as a Vice-President with SNC Industrial Technologies and as a private consultant. In addition to other honorary appointments, he also served as Colonel of the Royal 22e Régiment. He held a two year appointment as Chairman of the Conference of Defence Associations. He is the immediate past president of the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, a member of the Valiants Foundation and Honorary Grand President of the Royal Canadian Legion.

He is, since 1986, a Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur of France and in 1999 was the recipient of the Vimy Award.

General Belzile died on December 5, 2016.

Episode 17 – Lieutenant General Charles Belzile from Tim Reesor on Vimeo.


3 thoughts on “Belzile, Charles”

  1. Thank you for this episode in particular. I took special interest in learning of my mother’s cousin’s history and will share it with my children, two of them serving in the Canadian Forces.


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