2018 Vimy Award Gala Dinner
November 2, 2018
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
VIMY AWARD RECIPIENT
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.
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*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.
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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.