November 2, 2018

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Vimy Award Gala 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.


Vimy Award Recipient Call for Nominations: Open Soon

Guidelines for the selection of the Vimy Award Recipient

General Statement: The Vimy Award was initiated in 1991 to recognize, annually, one Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.

1. Significance: What the nominee has accomplished has resulted in a major improvement in Canada’s security and /or in the preservation of Canadian democratic values. This could take the form, for example, of precipitating major policy changes which improve the nation’s security consistent with human rights, or of enhancing the name of Canada as a competent and determined proponent of a democratic world view. The latter could take the form of a major military or diplomatic success.

2. Outstanding: The accomplishment has been carried out in a truly extraordinary manner through the particular ability and persistent efforts of the nominee. For example, the contribution has been made despite significant difficulties or opposition, or the contribution is seen as particularly effective and farsighted.

3. Recognition: In the event of two or more nominees being considered of roughly equal merit, consideration should be given to the nominee who has not yet received significant recognition for his/her contribution over one who has already received similar recognition.


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