Established in 1991, the Vimy Award recognizes a Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values. It is normally presented as a lifetime achievement award.
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.
The selection committee includes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as industry and academic partners of the CDA Institute and members of the Board of Directors.
HCOL OF THE ARMY INTELLIGENCE REGIMENT CHIKO NANJI
AS THE EXCLUSIVE VIMY AWARD SPONSOR
The CDA Institute would like to share our great appreciation of HCol Chiko Nanji and his long term commitment to the Vimy Award as our new Exclusive Vimy Award Sponsor 2018-2020.
HCol 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 HCol Nanji set out to establish a career in business. HCol 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. HCol 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. HCol 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.
THE PREVIOUS WINNERS
Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross
The Honourable William (Bill) Graham
Dr. James Boutilier
Honorary Navy Captain, the Honourable Hugh D. Segal
Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring
Brigadier-General W. Don Macnamara
Honorary Colonel Frederick Philip Mannix
Major-General Jonathan Vance
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Warrant Officer William MacDonald
General Rick Hillier
General Raymond R. Henault
Brigadier-General David Fraser
Mr. G. Hamilton Southam
Dr. David Bercuson
General Paul D. Manson
Colonel, the Honourable John Fraser
Air Commodore Leonard Birchall
The Honourable Barnett Danson
Lieutenant- General Charles H. Belzile
Vice- Admiral Larry Murray
The Right Honourable B.Dickson
Dr. Jack Granatstein
Major- General Roméo Dallaire
Major-General William Howard
Major-General Lewis Mackenzie
General John de Chastelain
The Right Honourable Joe Clark