The 2018 Vimy Award Gala once again was a spectacular evening of recognition, comradery, reflection and celebration of Canada and its defence and security community.
The evening horoured Major General Christine Whitecross with the 2018 Vimy Award for her long-standing dedication and contributions to Canada.  Additionally, recognizing Stéfanie von Hlatky, a future leader and “Game Changer” in her own right, awarded the Captain Goddard Award.
We wish to extend our sincere thank you to each of our Gala Sponsors who’s support is a critical building block to the delivery and success of this very important event for Canada.
Our further gratitude extended to Chiko Nanji, our new multi-year sponsor of the Vimy Award.  His contributions and recognition of the Vimy Award significance have and will continue to play a key role in the Award and the Gala.
To our guests, our deepest appreciation for your presence and contribution to the essence of the Gala.

“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 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.


Stéfanie von Hlatky is an associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the former Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Université de Montréal in 2010, where she was also Executive Director for the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. She’s held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, ETH Zurich and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California’s Centre for Public Diplomacy. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, International Journal, European Security, Asian Security, as well as the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and has a book with Oxford University Press entitled American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (2013). She has also published two edited volumes: The Future of US Extended Deterrence (co-edited with Andreas Wenger) with Georgetown University Press (2015) and Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions (co-edited with H. Christian Breede) with McGill-Queen’s University Press (2016). Stéfanie von Hlatky is the founder of Women in International Security-Canada and current Chair of the Board. She also serves on the Senate of the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment. She has received grants and awards from NATO, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Public Safety, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation and Fulbright Canada

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Jennifer Pitre
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