Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 07, 2010 14:30 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 52 Individuals into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2010) - 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, December 9, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on two Commanders, 10 Officers and 40 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 list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

Media who would like to conduct interviews with the recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence. Those wishing 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.


Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

11:00 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
12:00 p.m.: Ceremony ends
12:15 p.m.: Media interviews with recipients



Rear-Admiral Robert Andrew Davidson, C.M.M., C.D. Strategic Joint Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Major-General David A. Fraser, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario


Captain(N) Richard Bergeron, O.M.M., C.D. Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A
Major Steven Card, O.M.M., C.D. 1 Engineer Support Unit
Moncton, New Brunswick
Colonel F. Paul Crober, O.M.M., C.D. Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia
Commander Christopher Deere, O.M.M., C.D. National Defence Headquarters
Chief of the Maritime Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Derek W. Joyce, O.M.M., C.D. 14 Wing
Greenwood, Nova Scotia
Colonel Craig King, O.M.M., C.D., M.B.E. Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta
Captain(N) Colin Plows, O.M.M., C.D. National Defence Headquarters
Chief of the Maritime Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Captain(N) Daniel Sing, O.M.M., C.D. Director General Maritime Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Pierre St-Amand, O.M.M., C.D. 4 Wing
Cold Lake, Alberta
Colonel Christopher Thurrott, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Joint Support Group Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario


Chief Warrant Officer David Alex, M.M.M., C.D. 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Warrant Officer Charles Brady, M.M.M., C.D. 7th Toronto Regiment RCA
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer Linda Chassé, M.M.M., C.D. 5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Dale Coble, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta
Chief Warrant Officer William Dalke, M.M.M., C.D. 16 Wing Headquarters
Borden, Ontario
Warrant Officer Edward Dallow, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Central Area Training Centre Detachment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Kirk Drew, M.M.M., C.D. The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment
Windsor, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Elizabeth Dunsmore, M.M.M., C.D. 19 Air Maintenance Squadron
Lazo, British Columbia
Master Warrant Officer Pierre Frenette, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit Montreal
Montréal, Quebec
Captain Douglas Gayton, M.M.M., C.D. 15th Field Artillery Regiment (RCA)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Gilles Grégoire, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chief Warrant Officer Stéphane Guy, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Major Carmen Hamel, M.M.M., C.D. Regional Cadet Instructor School Eastern
Richelain, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer James Jeckell, M.M.M., C.D. 436 Transport Squadron
Astra, Ontario
Captain Lennard Johnston, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering
Borden, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Roger King, M.M.M., C.D. Directorate Land Command and Information
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer J. S. Michel Lavallée, M.M.M., C.D. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Captain Patrick Lee, M.M.M., C.D. 36 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Lizotte, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chief Warrant Officer Donald MacIsaac, M.M.M., C.D. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Brunssum, Netherlands
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lawrence McDonald, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Sergeant Sandra Melanson, M.M.M., C.D. 8 Wing
Astra, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Meredith, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia
Chief Warrant Officer Mark Miller, M.M.M., C.D. 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
 Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Carol Monsigneur, M.M.M., C.D. Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec
Warrant Officer Russell Mullen, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Western Area Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer Sean Murphy, M.M.M., C.D. Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command, 533rd Training Squadron
Vandenberg AFB, California, U.S.A
Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Neville, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Montréal
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chief Warrant Officer Marc Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D. 8 Wing
Astra, Ontario
Warrant Officer Stephen Piccolo, M.M.M., C.D. 1 Service Battalion Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta
Captain Lorne Plemel, M.M.M., C.D. 4th Air Defence Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery
Moncton, New Brunswick
Sergeant Markussie Qinuajuak, M.M.M., C.D. 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Richelain, Quebec
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Radimer, M.M.M., C.D. Joint Task Force Atlantic Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick J. J. Saunders, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Montréal
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Master Warrant Officer Marco Séguin, M.M.M., C.D. 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron
Courcelette, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Sharman Thomas, M.M.M., C.D. 39 Combat Engineer Regiment
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Captain Darren Turner, M.M.M., C.D. 2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Armand Vinet, M.M.M., C.D. Infantry School
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Woods, M.M.M., C.D. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Regina
Victoria, British Columbia
Captain Gregory Zwicker, M.M.M., C.D. Land Force Western Area Headquarters
Edmonton, Alberta

* 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.


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 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 Forces in the performance of military duties.

Contact Information

  • For information on the ceremony:
    Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    For information on the recipients:
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office