Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 06, 2014 11:15 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 50 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 6, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, November 7, 2014, at 11 a.m.

The Governor General will bestow the honour on 3 Commanders, 10 Officers and 37 Members.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients, and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

Media who would like to cover the ceremony are asked to inform the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the event. Those wishing to interview recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

11 a.m.: Ceremony begins
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 p.m.: Interviews with recipients

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Richard Foster, C.M.M., C.D. Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Major-General David Millar, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Chief of Military Personnel
Ottawa, Ontario
Major-General Paul Wynnyk, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Office of the Chief of the Army Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

OFFICERS

Colonel David Anderson, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Edmonton, Alberta
Colonel Scott Clancy, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. North American Aerospace Defence Command Outside Canada
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
Major Charles Côté, O.M.M., C.D. North American Aerospace Defence Command Outside Canada
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce Ewing, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Major Luc Girouard, O.M.M., C.D. 9 Wing
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Lieutenant-Colonel Lyle Johnson, O.M.M., C.D. Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Colonel Vihar Joshi, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Office of the Judge Advocate General
Ottawa, Ontario
Commander Patrick Montgomery, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Fleet Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia
Colonel Michael Rouleau, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Office of the Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel James Taylor, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

MEMBERS

Master Warrant Officer Antony Batty, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta
Chief Warrant Officer Richard Beauchamp, M.M.M., C.D. Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Material)
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Ronda Bowman, M.M.M., C.D. Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Gary Crosby, M.M.M., C.D. 3 Canadian Division Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta
Warrant Officer Mark Cushman, M.M.M., C.D. 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Davidson, M.M.M., C.D. Royal Military College of Canada
Kingston, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Donovan, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Gérard Doucet, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec
Warrant Officer Éric Drouin, M.M.M., C.D. Office of the Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Terrence Evoy, M.M.M., C.D. Office of the Chief of the Army Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Chantale Gagnon, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Canadian Division Headquarters
Montréal, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Cathy Gaudet, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia
Warrant Officer Michael Jackson, M.M.M., M.M.V., C.D. 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Shilo, Manitoba
Chief Warrant Officer Carol Jalbert, M.M.M., C.D. 6th Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Christopher Kane, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Service Battalion
Petawawa, Ontario
Private Christopher Kataquapit, M.M.M. 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Borden, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Michel Kelly, M.M.M., C.D. 1st Batallion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Todd Kelly, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Brunswicker
Saint John, New Brunswick
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Kitching, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Regina
Victoria, British Columbia
Master Warrant Officer Jean Lafond, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Special Operations Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer Steve Laforge, M.M.M., C.D. 1 Combat Engineer Regiment
Edmonton, Alberta
Petty Officer 1st Class Line Laurendeau, M.M.M., C.D. Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific)
Victoria, British Columbia
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Lawrence Lyver, M.M.M., C.D. Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
Shearwater, Nova Scotia
Master Warrant Officer Joseph MacInnins, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Peter Manuge, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence
Kingston, Ontario
Warrant Officer Brent McDonald, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Meteorology
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Miller, M.M.M., C.D. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Casteau, Belgium
Warrant Officer Melinda Pearson, M.M.M., C.D. 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Toronto, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Scott Robinson, M.M.M., C.D. 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Clarence Rose, M.M.M., C.D. Office of the Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer Glenn Rowlandson, M.M.M., C.D. 440 Transport Squadron
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Major René Roy, M.M.M., C.D. 35 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Québec, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Jean-Claude Sénécal, M.M.M., C.D. 4th Air Defence Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Master Warrant Officer James Smith, M.M.M., C.D. Office of the Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Michael Thompson, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Wayne Trainor, M.M.M., C.D. 19 Wing
Lazo, British Columbia
Sergeant Lori Veitch, M.M.M., C.D. 37 Combat Engineer Regiment
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Please note that the information in this media advisory was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.

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 Armed 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 Armed Forces during the previous year. In 2009, for instance, 111 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 Armed Forces in the performance of military duties.

For more information about the Order of Military Merit, visit our website at www.gg.ca/honours.

Contact Information

  • Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-9166
    marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811
    613-996-2353