2018 Vimy Award Gala Dinner

November 2, 2018

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



“We are very pleased to be welcoming Lieutenant General Whitecross to our list of Vimy Award recipients.  She is an outstanding Canadian who throughout her personal and professional life has demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and principles of our country.  At home and abroad, she has set a standard for strong, inclusive leadership and personal dedication that will inspire men and women across Canada and around the world.”
Matthew Overton, Executive Director, Conference of Defence Associations and Conference of Defence Associations Institute.
“I am tremendously honored and humbled to be acknowledged by such a prestigious award. Thanks goes in large part to those who have supported me in my personal and professional life.”
Lieutenant General Christine Whitecross.


The Vimy Award Gala has consistently held its reputation of being the most exclusive defence and security recognition galas of its kind for 28 years, annually bringing together over 500 of the sectors most influential industry and government representatives.

An elite evening to celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian defence and pay special honors to those citizens who have been pillars of leadership and innovation defence and security in Canada.

Click below to view the Vimy Award Gala Agenda 2018.




*Agenda is subject to modifications

Be Present at the Gala

Tables are almost 50% sold out after one week of launching the program!

Bronze sponsorship levels and above all include a complimentary table(s) with the added benefits of corporate visibility options for your company. Showcase your attendance at this significant defence and security event in Canada.

Click to download Vimy Gala Sponsorship Prospectus

Too book contact: Jennifer Giguere-Pitre, Director of Operations at jennifer@cdainstitute.ca

The Vimy Award

Established in 1991, the Vimy Award recognizes Canadians who have made outstanding commitments to Canadian security and defence and towards preserving our democratic values, normally as a life-long achievement. The award honours the bravery and sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers – comprising the four divisions of the Canadian Corps – who were victorious in the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

CDA Institute announces Chiko Nanji as 2018-2020 Vimy Award Sponsor

The CDA Institute would like to share our appreciation of Chiko Nanji and his long term commitment to the Vimy Award as our new Exclusive Vimy Award Sponsor.

Mr. Nanji is a prominent Canadian businessman based in Montreal and Toronto. In 1972 his family along with all those of Indian or Pakistani descent were expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin. The Nanji family chose Canada as their new home. Landing that same year, the family took up residence in Montreal. On the completion of his education Mr. Nanji set out to establish a career in business. Mr. Nanji is now the Group Chief Executive Officer, founder and sole owner of Metro Supply Chain Group. Metro operates approximately 45 logistics centers in North America and Europe and employs over six thousand people. Mr. Nanji is also Chairman of LDC Logistics Development Corporation, a leading real estate, development and investment company.

In 2012, Mr. Nanji was appointed the Honorary Colonel of the 30th Field Regiment RCA in the Canadian Armed Forces. During his tenure as Honorary Colonel he oversaw a project to write a Regimental history of 30th Field Regiment RCA which was successfully published in 2017. He was also instrumental in establishing a Bursary in the name of one of the unit members who was killed on a training exercise. Other military associations include being a member of the 30th Field Regiment Senate, The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Senate and the 33 Signals Regiment Senate.  As a member of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Senate he funded the publication of their Regimental history in 2011 and provided financial support to the Regiment during the visit of their Colonel in Chief Prince Philip in 2010. Mr. Nanji is a board member of the Conference of Defense Associations, a Director on the Board of Directors of Federal District Council, St John Ambulance and is an advisory member of the Prince’s Charities Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the Provincial Commendation from the Order of St John in 2013 and  was appointed a Chevalier of the Order of St. George .

Mr. Nanji is an active philanthropist who through his Nanji Family Trust continues to provide significant financial  support to a wide range of  causes including  to  various hospitals, educational institutions and Ismaili charities.

Previous Vimy Award Winners

1991 The Right Honourable Joe Clark 2005 Mr. G. Hamilton Southam
1992 General John de Chastelain 2006 Brigadier-General David Fraser
1993 Major General Lewis Mackenzie 2007 General Raymond R. Henault
1994 Major-​General William Howard 2008 General Rick Hillier
1995 Major-​General Roméo Dallaire 2009 Warrant Officer William MacDonald
1996 Dr. Jack Granatstein 2010 The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
1997 The Right Honourable B.Dickson 2011 Major-General Jonathan Vance
1998 Vice-​Admiral Larry Murray 2012 Honorary Colonel Frederick Philip Mannix
1999 Lieutenant-​General Charles H. Belzile 2013 Brigadier-General Don Macnamara (ret’d)
2000 The Honourable Barnett Danson 2014 Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring
2001 Air Commodore Leonard Birchall 2015 The Honourable Hugh D. Segal
2002 Colonel, the Honourable John Fraser 2016 Dr. James Boutilier
2003 General Paul Manson 2017 The Honourable William (Bill) Graham
2004 Dr. David Bercuson 2018 To be announced

Honoring Canadian Military History

The First World War was a defining event in Canada’s history.  It was by any measure a traumatic experience that left few areas of national life untouched. Overseas, particularly in France and Flanders, but also in other theatres throughout the world, Canadians on the sea, on the ground and in the air contributed substantially to the war effort but paid dearly for their involvement.  In the end, the war claimed the lives of some 61,000 Canadian men and women and left more than 172,000 wounded in body and mind.

The CDA Institute wishes to remember and honour the Canadian sacrifice on the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War. Each table at the 2018 Vimy Award Gala Dinner will therefore be named after a significant battle in which Canadians participated, whether mostly on their own or in support of their British allies.  Whether sitting at the “Ypres” table, the “Somme” table or the “Mons” table, the connection between the nation’s military past and today will be undeniable.

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