The position of Herald Chancellor is held by the Secretary to the Governor General, who is responsible for the administration of the entire viceregal office. The Herald Chancellor or the Deputy Herald Chancellor issues the warrants permitting the Chief Herald to make grants or registrations of arms. They also sign each completed grant or registration document along with the Chief Herald.
The red shield features a gold maple tree with its roots visible. As well as being a national emblem, the maple tree represents the predominant species on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official site of the Authority. The batons of office use the colours of the arms, and are decorated with shields of the arms of the Authority. The arms illustrated here are marshalled on the right with the personal arms of the Herald Chancellor.