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Jean-Pierre Kingsley
5th chief electoral officer of Canada
In office
Preceded byJean-Marc Hamel
Succeeded byMarc Mayrand
Personal details
Born (1943-07-12) July 12, 1943 (age 79)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationCivil servant
ProfessionChief electoral officer

Jean-Pierre Kingsley (born July 12, 1943) is a Canadian civil servant and businessman who served as the president and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).[1] He was the chief electoral officer of Elections Canada before he stepped down in December 2006. On April 28, 2009, he announced his resignation as president of IFES. He was succeeded by Bill Sweeney.[2]

Early life and career

He was born in Ottawa in 1943. He was educated at the Académie De La Salle and went on to earn a BCom and a master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Ottawa.[3] Kingsley was named chief electoral officer in February 1990[4] by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Prior to serving in that position, he served as:

He also served as chairman of the Board for Ottawa's Montfort Hospital from 1982 to 1990.[3]

Late career

He served as head of the international team observing the Iraqi legislative election in January, 2005

On December 28, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Kingsley would step down effective February 17, 2007. His successor as chief electoral officer was Marc Mayrand. Prior to his resignation, Kingsley and the ruling Conservative party disagreed over whether fees paid to attend political conventions should be counted as political donations.[5]

In 2007, Kingsley was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award the Mexican government bestows on foreign nationals.[6]

In November 2011, he observed the elections in Saint Lucia, as part of a Commonwealth assessment team constituted by the Commonwealth secretary-general.

As of November 2020, Kingsley serves as the chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee for Dominion Voting Systems.[7]


  1. ^ Kingsley to take international election monitoring post. CBC News. Retrieved 31 January 2007.
  2. ^ IFES President Receives Honorary Award for Strengthening the UK-US Business Relationship[permanent dead link]. retrieved June 26, 2009
  3. ^ a b "Chairpersons biographies". Hôpital Montfort.
  4. ^ "Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs". Parliament of Canada. January 31, 2007.
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  6. ^ Canada Gazette Part I, Vol. 141, No. 12 Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Dominion Voting Systems Company Profile: Funding & Investors | PitchBook". Retrieved 2020-11-11.


Government offices Preceded byJean-Marc Hamel Chief Electoral Officer 1990-2007 Succeeded byMarc Mayrand