Episode 036 – MGen Lewis MacKenzie

Lewis MacKenzie was born in Truro, Nova Scotia a long time ago. He is a graduate of Xavier Junior College of Sydney Nova Scotia and the University of Manitoba. During his thirty six year military career he served nine years in Germany with NATO forces and managed to avoid service in Ottawa by fitting in nine peacekeeping tours of duty in the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Cairo, Vietnam, Central America and Sarajevo.

In 1990 Lewis was appointed commander of the United Nation’s Observer mission in Central America. Two years later he was assigned to the United Nation’s Protection Force in Yugoslavia. In May of that year he created and assumed command of Sector Sarajevo and with a small contingent of soldiers from 31 countries opened the Sarajevo airport for the delivery of humanitarian aid during the height of the Bosnian civil war. As a result he became the first Canadian, military or civilian to be awarded a second Meritorious Service Cross.

Since his retirement from the military, Lew has been under contract to CBS and CTV and frequently appears on many of the international TV and radio networks as a commentator on international affairs. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and is in demand as a lecturer on the subject of leadership.

Lew is still active in motor racing having won national and provincial titles in sports car and formula car racing commencing in 1979. He is the 2010 QuebecOntario interprovincial champion in formula ford racing and defended his title in 2011. He continues to race competively in his 74th year. A documentary, “General Racing”, was released in 2014.

Lew was made an Honourary Chief of the Metro Toronto Police Force in 1993. He holds Honourary Doctorates from numerous Canadian Universities, is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Canadian Federation of AIDS Research and sits on a number of corporate boards with international interests. Following the attacks of 11 September 2001 General MacKenzie was appointed one of two advisors to the Premier of Ontario on counter-terrorism and emergency measures.

In 2002 and 2006 respectively Lew was invested with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for his humanitarian work in Africa.

In spite of the above, Dora MacKinnon of Baysville, Ontario is still married to the General. Their daughter Kimm works, rides, races formula cars with her father’s team and resides in Ottawa.

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at 26 years..

Lieutenant Lew MacKenzie of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada at 26 years old.


LCol Lew MacKenzie Serves as the CO of 1PPCLI in Cyprus.

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General MacKenzie briefs the President of France, François Mitterrand during an unexpected visit to the Former Yugoslavia.

Sarajevo Airport

MGen MacKenzie takes control of the Sarajevo Airport.

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Honorary portrait of Lewis MacKenzie in the Canadian War Museum.

Colin and Lew

Lew visits with Colin Powell.


Lew’s other passion – Race cars!


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