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.


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.

Nominations must be received by Monday, 16 July, 2018, and should be addressed to:

Vimy Award Selection Committee
Conference of Defence Associations Institute
151 Slater Street, suite 412
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3

Or submitted electronically to


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



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