Honorary Members


Richard B. Fadden O.C.

Former National Security and Intelligence Advisor tothe Prime Minister and CSIS Director 

Richard Fadden was National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada (2015-2016). Previously, he was Deputy Minister of National Defence (2013-2015) and served as Director of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (2009-2013). He also served as Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2006-2009) and Natural Resources Canada (2005-2006). He was President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (2002-2005) and Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office (2000-2002), during which he assumed the additional duties for Security and Intelligence Coordinator in 2001. Over the course of his career, Richard worked in a variety of positions in the Department of External Affairs, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal and a B.A. (Political Science) from McGill University. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.



Blake C. Goldring

Executive Chairman at AGF Management Limited

Blake C. Goldring is the Executive Chairman of AGF Management Limited. He first joined AGF in 1987 and held a series of senior positions before being appointed President in 1997, CEO in 2000, and Chairman in 2006. Under his leadership, AGF has grown to be a premier independent asset management company with operations in Canada, the United States and Europe. Prior to joining AGF, he worked in corporate banking for a major Canadian bank.

Mr. Goldring sits on a number of private company and not-for-profit boards including the CD Howe Institute, Library and Archives Canada and is the Founder and Chair of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve, a charitable, non-partisan organization created to connect business and community leaders with Canada’s military.

Blake has received numerous honours in recognition of his personal and professional achievements. He is a past recipient of the CDA Institute’s Vimy Award, received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Victoria College, University of Toronto. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and in December 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

He holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD in France. He is also a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a CFA charterholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.


General (Ret'd) Ray Henault

Chairman, Strategic Advisory Board at ADGA Group

General Ray Henault, CMM, MSC, CD, LLD, BA is a forty-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. His military career began in 1968 as a fighter pilot. He also completed multiple tours as an instructor and helicopter pilot.

General Henault’s career has included a wide variety of command and staff positions including Commander of 444 Tac Hel Squadron in Germany, Base Commander CFB Portage la Prairie, Commander of 10 Tactical Air Group, Chief of Staff Operations at Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff.

In June 2001, he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff and was in command of the Canadian Forces on 9/11. He subsequently guided and managed the CF response to the terrorist attacks for nearly four years. In 2004, he was elected by his peers as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC) in Brussels, Belgium, a position he assumed from June 2005 until his retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2008. In that capacity, he represented all NATO Chiefs of Defence at NATO HQ in Brussels; acted as the Senior Military Advisor to the North Atlantic Council; and, held the highest military position in the North Atlantic Alliance.

General Ray Henault is also a graduate of Canada’s National Defence College and the École supérieure de guerre aérienne (ESGA) in Paris, France.

He is also the longest-serving 4-star General in Canadian history and retired from the Canadian Forces in August 2008. General Henault is now the Chief Strategic Advisor and Chair of the Advisory Council for the ADGA Group in Ottawa, ON.

In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Commisionaires; the Patron of the Hubbell Awards Foundation in Winnipeg, MB.

He is also the Past President of the Canadian Defence Association (CDA) Institute in Ottawa. General Henault has more than 5000 hours of military and civilian flying time and remains active as a pilot.

KABUL, 25 March 2021 - Official Photography portrait shoot of UNAMA SRSG Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Afghanistan for all UN UNAMA digital platforms. UNAMA Photo / Fardin Waezi.

Deborah Lyons

Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Deborah Lyons completed her appointment as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the UNAMA in June 2022, after having spent over two years leading the UN’s operations during this tumultuous period. She has spearheaded the UN’s support to the peace efforts, increased regional cooperation on Afghanistan, led the preparations for the successful 2020 Afghanistan donor conference in Geneva, oversaw the UN’s continued operations after the Taliban takeover in August 2021, advocated for measures to stabilize the macroeconomic environment tittering under sanctions, and facilitated sustained international engagement while serving as a strong and visible advocate for the rights of all Afghans.

Ambassador Lyons is a diplomat with 25 years of professional experience in international relations, political affairs, security management, and development efforts. She served as Ambassador of Canada to Israel (2016 -2020), as Ambassador of Canada to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2013 -2016), and as Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of Canada in Washington (2010 -2013).

She has held several senior positions with Canada’s Department of Global Affairs, including as Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy and Planning and Chief Strategist, Director-General for North America Commercial Affairs, and Director for International Finance. Immediately upon entering the foreign service, she served at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo for five years leading relations with Japan in the high-tech sector.

She has also worked with Canada’s Department of Natural Resources, the Privy Council Office, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Prior to joining the Government of Canada, Ms. Lyons owned and managed an environment consulting firm.


Hon. Peter MacKay

Former Minister of National Defence

Peter MacKay was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. After graduating with an arts degree from Acadia University in 1987, he studied law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991. With strong family ties to the local area, he returned to New Glasgow to open a private law practice specializing in criminal and family law. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. MacKay was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1997. He was re-elected in his northern Nova Scotia constituency in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. On May 18th, 2011, Mr. MacKay was reappointed as Minister of National Defence. Mr. MacKay also serves as Regional Minister for Nova Scotia.

In his first five years in the House of Commons, he served as House Leader for the Progressive Conservative caucus. On May 31, 2003, Mr. MacKay was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In March 2004, following the unification of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance Party, he was named Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. MacKay served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

He has served on several volunteer boards, including New Leaf and Tearmann House as well as being active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club and the YMCA.

A sports enthusiast, Mr. MacKay enjoys running, rugby, baseball, football and hockey. He is married to human rights activist Nazanin Afshin -Jam MacKay.


Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin spent her formative years in Pincher Creek, Alberta and was educated at the University of Alberta, where she received a B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1965. She pursued her studies at the University of Alberta and, in 1968, received both an M.A. in Philosophy and an LL.B.

She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1971 and practised law in Alberta and British Columbia. Commencing in 1974, she taught for seven years in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia as a tenured Associate Professor.

Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In September 1981, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in December 1985 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988. Seven months later, in April 1989, she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada. She is the first woman in Canada to hold this position.

In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She is the author of numerous articles and publications. She retired on December 15, 2017.

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HCOL Chiko Nanji

Group Chairman and founder, Metro Supply Chain
Hcol of the Army Intelligence Regiment

HCol Hanif (Chiko) Nanji is the Group Chairman and founder of Metro Supply Chain, the largest privately owned provider of innovative supply chain solutions in Canada. Operating almost 100 sites across North America and Europe with a team of 6,000, Metro Supply Chain has been helping global brands drive impactful and sustainable business outcomes through its suite of integrated services for almost 50 years. In 2023, Metro Supply Chain received the prestigious Best Managed Companies award for its strategic expertise, culture of innovation and commitment to its people and local communities.

HCol Nanji is also Chairman of LDC Logistics Development Corporation, a foremost real estate, development, and investment company.

A lifetime patron of and participant in Canadian defence and R&D initiatives, HCol Nanji was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army Intelligence Regiment in 2019.

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