Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 24, 2010 10:52 ET

Governor General to Invest 54 Individuals Into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2010) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, February 26, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is Chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on four Commanders, 13 Officers and 37 Members.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.). The information in this press release was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination. A complete list of recipients is attached.

ANNEX A - SCHEDULE
Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:
10:30 a.m. Media arrive at Rideau Hall
11:00 a.m. Ceremony begins
Entrance of the Governor General and the Chief of the Defence Staff
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignia: Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members
The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
12:00 p.m. Media interviews with recipients 

ANNEX B - RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Christopher Davis, C.M.M., C.D. Canadian Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee
Brussels, Belgium
Major-General André Deschamps, C.M.M., C.D. Chief of the Air Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, C.M.M., C.D. Canada Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Major-General Glynne Hines, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Assistant Deputy Minister – Information Management
Ottawa, Ontario

OFFICERS

Colonel Lawrence Aitken, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Colonel Scott Becker, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel David Belovich, O.M.M., C.D. Director General Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel Troy Crosby, O.M.M., C.D. Aerospace Equipment Program Management
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Daniel Gagnon, O.M.M., C.D. Directorate of Land Command and Information
Ottawa, Ontario
Commodore Roger MacIsaac, O.M.M., C.D. Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel David Marshall, O.M.M., C.D. National Defence Headquarters – Chief of Defence Intelligence
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Bruce McQuade, O.M.M., C.D. Protocol and Foreign Liaison
Ottawa, Ontario
Brigadier-General Gary O'Brien, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Director General Land Reserve COS Land Reserve
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Alain Parent, O.M.M., C.D. 1 Wing Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Colonel Jonathan Vance, O.M.M., C.D. 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Edmonton, Alberta
Major Eileen Vaughan, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Support Training Group Headquarters
Borden, Ontario
Colonel Kelly Woiden, O.M.M., C.D. Land Force Western Area Headquarters
Edmonton, Alberta

MEMBERS

Master Warrant Officer Douglas Badgerow, M.M.M., C.D. Area Support Unit London
London, Ontario
Major William Beaudoin, M.M.M., C.D. Combat Training Centre Headquarters
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Warrant Officer Leonard R. Canam, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Clark-McKay, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Algonquin
Victoria, British Columbia
Sergeant Allan Comé, M.M.M., C.D. 8 Wing
Astra, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer David Coxall, M.M.M., C.D. 1 Combat Engineer Regiment
Edmonton, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer Derek Curtis, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. 103 Search and Rescue Squadron
Gander, Newfoundland
Chief Warrant Officer David Ells, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Central Area Training Centre
Meaford, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Charles Fortin, M.M.M., C.D. Joint Task Force Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Lieutenant-Commander Pierre Godin, M.M.M., C.D. Regional Cadet Support Unit (Eastern)
Richelain, Quebec
Warrant Officer Luc Guillemette, M.M.M., C.D. 5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Tom Hennessey, M.M.M., C.D. Joint Task Force (Pacific) Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia
Captain Paul Hillier, M.M.M., C.D. 4th Air Defence Regiment Detachment Gagetown
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Master Warrant Officer Glenn Innis, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Western Area Headquarters
Edmonton, Alberta
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Jacobs, M.M.M., C.D. Fifth Maritime Operations Group Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Master Warrant Officer Jerry Juraszko, M.M.M., C.D. Area Support Unit London
London, Ontario
Captain Rock Labrecque, M.M.M., C.D. 35 Combat Engineer Regiment
Ste-Foy, Quebec
Sergeant Manon Langlois, M.M.M., C.D. Directorate of Honours and Recognition
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Kevin Lewis, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Libby, M.M.M., C.D. Mapping and Charting Establishment
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Jean-Guy Lizotte, M.M.M., C.D. 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Major Leslie Mader, M.M.M., C.D. Directorate of Land Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Michele Manoukarakis, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Training System Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Warrant Officer John Murphy, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia
Chief Warrant Officer Donald Noël, M.M.M., C.D. 55 Quebec Field Ambulance
Québec, Quebec
Major David Parker, M.M.M., C.D. National Defence Headquarters – Chief of Land Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharon Rideout, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Materiel Support Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Pedro Rosa, M.M.M., C.D. 7th Toronto Regiment RCA
Toronto, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer David Steiger, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Atlantic)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sergeant Albert Sutherland, M.M.M. 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Borden, Ontario
Lieutenant-Commander Ian Torrie, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Luc Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D. National Defence Headquarters – Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Roger Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer Daniel Verreault, M.M.M., C.D. 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Wallace, M.M.M., C.D. 17 Wing
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Master Warrant Officer Peter Whipps, M.M.M., C.D. 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Edmonton, Alberta
Captain Jeff Willis, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Training System Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario

ANNEX C - ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:

The level of Commander (post-nominal: C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.

The level of Officer (post-nominal: O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.

The level of Member (post-nominal: M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.

Eligibility and Nominations

A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the Chief of the Defence Staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The Chief of the Defence Staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.

The number of appointments per year is limited to one-tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. In 1997, for instance, 110 appointments were made. There are no posthumous appointments.

Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.

The Order's constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or to the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Eve Letourneau
    (Information on Ceremony)
    613-998-0287
    www.gg.ca / www.citizensvoices.ca
    or
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    (Information on Recipients)
    613-996-2353 or 1-800-377-0811
    www.forces.gc.ca