30th Anniversary Vimy Award Laureate

Lieutenant-Général

Michel Maisonneuve

CMM, CSM, CD (Ret)

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is pleased to announce that lieutenant-général J.O. Michel Maisonneuve (ret) has been selected as the 30th anniversary Vimy Award laureate.

The award celebrates an individual’s significant and outstanding lifetime contribution to Canadian security and defence and the preservation of our democratic values. LGen Maisonneuve joins a select group of past awardees which includes Her Excellency Adrianne Clarkson, the Right Honourable Joe Clark, the Honourable BIll Graham, and Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire (ret’d).

General Michel Maisonneuve is a distinguished Canadian who has dedicated his life to the service of his country, throughout a successful military career spanning 35 years. He spent an additional 1O years after retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as the Academic Director at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, and three years as the chosen advocate for the Veterans of Ste. Anne’s Hospital. His contributions to Ste. Anne’s Hospital were exceedingly beneficial as they occurred during the institution’s transition from a federal to a provincial mandate.

At home in Canada, he has been a true defender of bilingualism and the use of French in all facets of his career. In every mission, posting, task or event, he always utilized both of Canada’s official languages, publicly encouraging the use of both and acknowledging the presence of both linguistic groups in every audience. He also ensured that his subordinates always felt comfortable using both regardless of their skill level. In NATO he challenged himself to learn at least one phrase and greeting in each of the 26 national languages represented at the time. Leading by example in this enthusiastic manner made him a much beloved officer by the junior ranks and young officers under his command.

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“General Maisonneuve’s outstanding contribution and dedication to our country and its values exemplify the very raison d’être of the Vimy Award.  He indeed deserves our utmost respect and gratitude.”

Right Hon. Richard Wagner

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

“General Maisonneuve is a true example of leadership. His vision, his courage and his volunteerism make him an exceptional Vimy award recipient”

Ms. Jody Thomas

Deputy Minister, National Defence, Women in International Security, Canada

“I am absolutely delighted that one of the best Canadians I know, and indeed one of the best people I know, has been selected to receive the Vimy Award. Congratulations Michel!

General Jonathan Vance

Chief of Defence Staff, National Defence

  THE VIMY GALA

The Vimy Gala is a black-tie cocktail and dinner held annually since 1991 in Ottawa to honour Canada’s fallen heroes in the context of the Remembrance Day activities held across the country. The Gala brings together active and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces alongside future officers currently enrolled at the Royal Military Colleges, as well as industry and government leaders and international guests of honour. This year, on account of the pandemic, the event will be restricted to only 50 guests, as opposed to the regular scale of 450+ participants. It will be an evening to remember and to reflect upon the sacrifices many have made for our nation and for the sake of building a more just and prosperous world. It is also a celebration of Canada and men and women who serve.

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HCOL OF THE ARMY INTELLIGENCE REGIMENT CHIKO NANJI
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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.
BIOGRAPHY

  Previous award winners

2019

2019

Richard B. Fadden., O.C

2018

2018

Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross

2017

2017

The Honourable William (Bill) Graham

2016

2016

Dr. James Boutilier

2015

2015

Honorary Navy Captain, the Honourable Hugh D. Segal

2014

2014

Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring

2013

2013

Brigadier-General W. Don Macnamara

2012

2012

Honorary Colonel Frederick Philip Mannix

2011

2011

Major-General Jonathan Vance

2010

2010

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

2009

2009

Warrant Officer William MacDonald

2008

2008

General Rick Hillier

2007

2007

General Raymond R. Henault

2006

2006

Brigadier-General David Fraser

2005

2005

Mr. G. Hamilton Southam

2004

2004

Dr. David Bercuson

2003

2003

General Paul D. Manson

2002

2002

Colonel, the Honourable John Fraser

2001

2001

Air Commodore Leonard Birchall

2000

2000

The Honourable Barnett Danson

1999

1999

Lieutenant- General Charles H. Belzile

1998

1998

Vice- Admiral Larry Murray

1997

1997

The Right Honourable B.Dickson

1996

1996

Dr. Jack Granatstein

1995

1995

Major- General Roméo Dallaire

1994

1994

Major-General William Howard

1993

1993

Major-General Lewis Mackenzie

1992

1992

General John de Chastelain

1991

1991

The Right Honourable Joe Clark

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