Vimy Award

 THE AWARD

 

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.

 

MR. 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.

MAKE A NOMINATION

 

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

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

Email
nominations@cdainstitute.ca

Subject Line: Vimy Award 2019 Nomination

Please note: Electronic submissions are preferred.

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

Jennifer Pitre
Director of Operations
CDA Institute
613-236-9903
jennifer@cdainstitute.ca

THE PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018

2018

Major- 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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