Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 11, 2008 14:51 ET

Richard Pound Honours the Canadian Grenadier Guards

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2008) - Internationally renowned Richard Pound is officially inaugurated as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Canadian Grenadiers Guards (CGG), Canada's longest serving militia regiment.

This Sunday, following their annual Remembrance Day Parade held at Christ Church Cathedral, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Pound OC, OQ, QC, FCA received a General salute and inspected the Barrack Guard formed in his honor. The ceremony was held at CGG's historic armoury facing Mount Royal and presided over by Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Gourdji CD, ADC, commanding officer of the CGG.

The event included a cocktail reception attended by numerous dignitaries, at which Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Pound stated "It is a great honour for me to have been invited to join Canada's longest continuously serving regiment. I believe that Canada's Reserve forces are vitally important to our country and look forward to participating in their continued development."

Honorary ranks are granted to persons who, from an educational or administrative point of view, are likely to promote the well being of the Canadian Forces.

"I am proud to be able to count Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Pound as well as Honorary Colonel Fred Caron among us" said Lieutenant-Colonel Gourdji. "Their commitment to Canada and to the Canadian Forces is significant, and it is appropriate that we recognize their steadfast dedication through these appointments. Figures of leadership are important, and I am certain they will make a difference within our regiment"

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Pound has been part of the international Olympic movement since his participation in the 1960 Rome games as a swimmer. In 1978, he was elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and put in charge of negotiating television and sponsorship deals. He revolutionized the Olympic movement using such deals to transform the IOC into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. He also became known as an outspoken critic of corruption within the IOC and the founder of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and currently sits on its council. He is presently a senior partner for the law firm Stikeman Elliott, chancellor of McGill University and administrator for the 2012 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games.

By accepting to be the CGG's Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel he will have the responsibility of ensuring the continuity of the Regiment's values and traditions. The CGG trace their history back to 1764 when the 1st Militia Company of Montreal was created, through to 1807 when then under the command of the honourable James McGill - the founder of McGill University - they were awarded the title of Battalion. Their exploits range from participating in the Battle of Chateauguay in 1813, to earning 31 Battle honours during the Boer War, and First and Second World War. Since then their members have taken up the call during national crises such as the ice storm and to serve on international operations from Cyprus to present day Afghanistan.

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