Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 24, 2015 12:31 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2015) - 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 Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 11 a.m.

The Governor General will bestow the honour on 2 Commanders, 11 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

Rear-Admiral Joseph Edward Thomas Peter Ellis, C.M.M., C.D. Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Lieutenant-General Jonathan Holbert Vance, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Allied Command Operations Organizations South
Naples, Italy

OFFICERS

Captain(N) Luc Cassivi, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia
Colonel Howard Gerard Coombs, O.M.M., C.D. 33 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Grant Fernand Dame, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Office of the Chief of the Army Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Sean Friday, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. 8 Wing
Astra, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly Maria Gash, O.M.M., C.D. Office of the Director General Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Michael Hans Groh, O.M.M., C.D. Office of the Director General Information Management Project Delivery
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Simon Charles Hetherington, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Petawawa, Ontario
Colonel Hugh Colin MacKay, O.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Russell Barry Mann, O.M.M., C.D. Office of the Director Military Family Services
Ottawa, Ontario
Captain(N) Stephen Alexander Virgin, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Steven Joseph Russell Whelan, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Office of the Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario

MEMBERS

Captain Timothy David Aldridge, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Intelligence Command
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Donald Earl Askeland, M.M.M., C.D. 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta
Warrant Officer Dana Beverly Beattie, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Laurendan Daniel Brissette, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Christopher Kevin Catry, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Kingston
Kingston, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Marie-Josée Chapleau, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Radisson
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Charles Philippe Chevalier, M.M.M., C.D. The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montréal)
Montréal, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Troy Charles Chiasson, M.M.M., C.D. 4 Engineer Support Regiment
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Warrant Officer Robin John Crane, M.M.M., M.M.V., C.D. 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta
Warrant Officer Joseph Éric Michel D'Astous, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering
Borden, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Réal Richard Deschênes, M.M.M., C.D. 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
St-Hubert, Quebec
Sub-Lieutenant Michèle Dumaresq-Ouellet, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chief Warrant Officer Terry Ronald Serge Joseph Garand, M.M.M., C.D. Infantry School
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Guy Bruno Claude Gilbert, M.M.M., C.D. Le Régiment de la Chaudière
Lévis, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Alexander Marcel Stephan Goupil, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Douglas Shawn Patrick Groves, M.M.M., C.D. 1st Canadian Division Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer William John Hall, M.M.M., C.D. 4 Wing - Telecommunications and Information Squadron
Cold Lake, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer James Matthew Hebert, M.M.M., C.D. The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Mitchell Hepburn, M.M.M., C.D. 33 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer William Joseph Hinchey, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Joint Operations Support Group Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Warrant Officer John Charles Hryniw, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Petawawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer Marie Doris Diane Jalbert, M.M.M., C.D. 2nd Canadian Division Support Group
Montréal, Quebec
Warrant Officer Suzanne Kavanagh, M.M.M., C.D. 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Warrant Officer Joseph Lionel Jacques Lamarche, M.M.M., C.D. 440 Transport Squadron
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Chief Warrant Officer Walter Allan Laughlin, M.M.M., C.D. Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Nicholas McEachern, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Barbara Alena Mondelli, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Algonquin
Victoria, British Columbia
Master Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas Murphy, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Borden
Borden, Ontario
Warrant Officer Erica Oliver, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Warrant Officer Robert Patten, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering
Borden, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Roger Daniel Paulhus, M.M.M., C.D. 5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Quebec
Warrant Officer Guylaine Marie Alice Plamondon, M.M.M., C.D. 16 Wing
Borden, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph André Michel Provencher, M.M.M., C.D. 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Petawawa, Ontario
Major Ryan Denis Smid, M.M.M., M.B., C.D. 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
Edmonton, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer Matthew Michael Taylor, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Service Battalion
Petawawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer Derek Ashley Thompson, M.M.M., C.D. Infantry School
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Léo Stéfan Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Canadian Division Primary Reserve List
Montréal, Québec

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 2014, for instance, 108 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