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 the new 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.
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|