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Order of Military Merit Ceremony

November 9, 2017

Governor General to Invest 45 Recipients into the
Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall,
on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on
2 Commanders, 7 Officers and 36 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 interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. They must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 2:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony. 

Those wishing to interview recipients are asked to contact
the Department of National Defence.

For information on the ceremony:

Melanie Primeau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-618-2691 (cell) 

For information on the recipients:

Department of National Defence
Media Relations Office

Follow GGJuliePayette and RideauHall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  


Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

3 p.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
4 p.m.:             Interviews with recipients



Rear-Admiral Scott Edward George Bishop, C.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Intelligence Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Denis William Thompson, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario


Major Marie Josée Brigitte Allaire, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics
Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Holly Abigail Bernita Apostoliuk, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General James Frederick Camsell, O.M.M., M.S.M, C.D.

5 Canadian Division Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Captain(N) James Allan Clarke, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia

Commodore Haydn Clyde Edmundson, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Joseph McNeil, O.M.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central)
Borden, Ontario 

Colonel Steven Masaaki Moritsugu, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Information Operations Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario


Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Marcel Ghislain Angel, M.M.M., C.D.

5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada
Courcelette, Quebec 

Chief Warrant Officer Wayne John Bantock, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Service Battalion
Edmonton, Alberta 

Captain Michael Joseph Charles Bastien, M.M.M., C.D.

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Kevin Grant Beattie, M.M.M., C.D.

442 Transport and Rescue Squadron
Lazo, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Vickie Lucie Benoit, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Military Police Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Petty Officer 1st Class Yves Leonide Bernard, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Richard Joseph Rosaire Martin Bonenfant, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Combat Engineer Regiment
Courcelette, Quebec  

Chief Warrant Officer John Andrew Andres Bonvie, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Marc Joseph Luc Boucher, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Intelligence Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Marcel Yan Boursier, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Québec, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Denis Colcy, M.M.M., C.D.

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Allan Davis, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Materiel Support Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Adam de Bartok, M.M.M., C.D.


Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer William Perry Fudge, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Renee Joyce Hansen, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer John Arthur Thomas Heffernan, M.M.M., C.D.

37 Service Battalion
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Edward Roy Kelly, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director Naval Requirements
Ottawa, Ontario

Captain Stephane Joseph Claude Laplante, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer William Jack Lovely, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Engineer Support Regiment
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph André Serge Marcotte, M.M.M., C.D.

34 Signal Regiment
Westmount, Quebec 

Warrant Officer Stephen Richard Miller, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Army Advanced War Centre
Trenton, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michael Morrison, M.M.M., C.D.

39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Vancouver, British Columbia 

Warrant Officer John Bernard O’Neill, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Training Center
Meaford, Ontario

Ranger Levi Palituq, M.M.M., M.B., C.D.

1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Master Warrant Officer Brett Robert Perry, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta  

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Charles Schwenker, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario

Major James Edwin Short, M.M.M., C.D.

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia  

Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime Elizabeth Stohl, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Vancouver
Victoria, British Columbia

Master Warrant Officer Glen Curtis Taylor, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Quebec 

Warrant Officer Sergio Tomasi, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Marie Valentine, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia

Sergeant Marie VanAlstyne, M.M.M., C.D.


3 Canadian Division Training Center
Wainwright, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Kenneth Verner, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Andre Martin Walhin, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Gilbert Stephen Waye, M.M.M., C.D.

21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron
Hornell Heights, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Scott Robbins Wilson, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Assistant Chief of Military Personnel
Ottawa, Ontario

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 Armed 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. 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.

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