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.



Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations may be made by individuals who are not members of the Selection Committee, or by organizations, and must be submitted in either of Canada’s official languages.

Simple Steps to Submitting your Nomination

  1. Fill out Nomination Form: Click here
  2. All nominations must consist of a clear summary of the reasons for the nomination.
  3. Biography of the Nominee
  4. Adhere to Nomination Deadline of August 15th, 2019

Methods of nomination submission

Vimy Award Selection Committee
Conference of Defence Associations and CDA Institute
900-75 Albert Street,
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5E7


Subject Line: Vimy Award 2019 Nomination

Please note: Electronic submissions are preferred.


Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Jennifer Pitre
Director of Operations
CDA Institute

CDA Institute announces Chiko Nanji as the Exclusive Vimy Award Sponsor

The CDA Institute would like to share our great appreciation of Chiko Nanji and his long term commitment to the Vimy Award as our new Exclusive Vimy Award Sponsor 2018-2020.

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.




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 Major General Christine Whitecross



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