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Governor General to Present 63 Canadian Honours at the Citadelle of Québec

October 1, 2014

Governor General to Present 63 Canadian Honours
at the Citadelle of Québec

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over two presentation ceremonies of Canadian honours on Friday, October 3, 2014, at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec.

During the morning ceremony, at 10 a.m., the Governor General will present the following honours:

-   22 Decorations for Bravery;
-   2 Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division);
-   1 first Bar to the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal;
-   1 Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal;
-   1 Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal;
-   2 Governor General’s Northern Medals;
-   1 Governor General’s Academic Medal;
-   2 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards. 

During the afternoon ceremony, at 2 p.m., he will present 2 Decorations for Bravery and 29 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and allied forces whose specific achievements brought honour to the CAF and to Canada.

A media schedule for the ceremonies, the lists of recipients and their citations are attached. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please visit our website at


Media covering the ceremony must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office the day before the event. They will have to show their accreditation at the Citadelle gate, and access the Ballroom through the administration door.

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166 (office)
613-852-3248 (cell.)



Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

Morning ceremony (10 a.m.)

9:15 a.m.:        Media arrive at the Citadelle
10 a.m.:           Ceremony begins
                        The Governor General speaks
                        The Governor General presents the honours
11 a.m.:           Interviews with recipients 

Afternoon ceremony (2 p.m.)

1:15 p.m.:        Media arrive at the Citadelle
2 p.m.:             Ceremony begins
                        The Governor General speaks
                        The Governor General presents the honours
3 p.m.:             Interviews with recipients




Master Corporal Shawn Gregory Bretschneider, S.C.
Sudbury, Ontario and Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Sergeant Janick Joseph Benoit Gilbert, S.C., C.D. (posthumous)
Baie-Comeau, Quebec
Master Corporal Marco A. Journeyman, S.C., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec and Trenton, Ontario
Master Corporal Maxime Bernard Lahaye-Lemay, S.C.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec and Trenton, Ontario
Sergeant Daniel Villeneuve, S.C., M.B., C.D.
Chicoutimi, Quebec and Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Star of Courage

On October 27, 2011, search and rescue (SAR) technicians Shawn Bretschneider, Janick Gilbert, Marco Journeyman, Maxime Lahaye-Lemay and Daniel Villeneuve braved severe weather conditions to rescue two hunters stranded on the Arctic Ocean, near Igloolik, Nunavut. A team of three SAR techs parachuted down into seven-metre-high waves, but was soon separated in the huge swells. Five hours later, the second team of two SAR techs was lowered from a helicopter and, struggling in the same harsh conditions, succeeded in locating everyone and hoisting them into a helicopter. Sadly, Sergeant Gilbert did not survive.

The decoration awarded to the late Sergeant Gilbert will be presented to his wife, Ms. Mélisa Lesquir.

Julien Allard, M.B.
Montréal, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On August 9, 2011, Julien Allard rescued a woman who had fallen from a boat into the entrance of a set of locks, in Beauharnois, Quebec. Mr. Allard jumped from a wall more than 30 metres high to reach the panicked victim and bring her to safety. 

Pascal Bergeron, M.B.
Knowlton, Quebec
Jules Groulx-Swennen, M.B.
Bedford, Quebec
Raphaëlle Jetté, M.B.
Saint-Jérôme and Farnham, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On May 14, 2010, Pascal Bergeron, Jules Groulx-Swennen and Raphaëlle Jetté rescued four friends from a possible drowning in Costa Rica. During a senior high school trip, some of the students were caught in the undertow of the Caribbean Sea. Ms. Jetté and Messrs. Bergeron and Groulx-Swennen ran in and fought against the strong current to bring the four panicked girls closer to shore. Others then helped pull the victims to safety on the beach. 

The decorations awarded to Mr. Groulx-Swennen and Ms. Jetté were presented at a previous ceremony.

Normand Bourgon, M.B.
Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On November 3, 2011, Normand Bourgon rescued an injured man who was trapped in a vehicle on fire in Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec. Despite the intense flames and dense smoke, Mr. Bourgon was able to extricate the victim and bring him to safety. 

Craig Mitchell Burns, M.B.
Ashmore, Nova Scotia
Mason James Van Tassell, M.B.
Digby and Bear River, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery

On May 8, 2012, Craig Burns and Mason Van Tassell tried to free three people who were trapped inside their burning cars in Little Brook, Nova Scotia. Following a two-vehicle crash, Messrs. Burns and Van Tassell braved the intense heat and flames in an attempt to retrieve the injured victims. Despite their efforts, two occupants in one of the vehicles did not survive. 

The decoration awarded to Mr. Burns will be presented to him at a future ceremony.

Neil Wayne David Coles, M.B.
Membertou, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery

On July 15, 2012, Neil Coles rescued a man who was in danger of drowning, at Ben Eoin Beach, Nova Scotia. Despite the distance and the choppy water, Mr. Coles swam out to the distressed victim. As he grabbed the exhausted man to prevent him from sinking, a boater reached their side and towed them to shore.

Pierre Davignon, M.B.
Laval, Quebec
Magalie Dumoulin, M.B.
Sébastien Frappier, M.B.
Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On July 17, 2011, Pierre Davignon, Magalie Dumoulin and Sébastien Frappier rescued four people in danger of drowning after their boat had capsized in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Quebec. Messrs. Frappier and Davignon and Ms. Dumoulin reached the victims and helped them aboard their motorboat. Despite the heavy winds and two-metre-high waves, the group made it safely back to shore. 

The decoration awarded to Ms. Dumoulin will be presented to her at a future ceremony.

Jean-Pierre Désaulniers, M.B.
Saint-Étienne-des-Grès and Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On September 23, 2011, Jean-Pierre Désaulniers rescued an unconscious man from a burning house in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, Quebec. With the front door blocked by heavy furniture, Mr. Désaulniers entered the house through the living room window. He searched through the thick smoke until he found the victim, and then dragged him to the window, where two other people helped to bring them both out to safety. 

Jean-Eudes Fraser, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup and L'Isle-Verte, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On January 23, 2014, Jean-Eudes Fraser risked his life to come to the aid of his mother who was trapped on the third-floor balcony of a burning seniors’ home, in L’Isle-Verte, Quebec. Mr. Fraser climbed up the balconies in an attempt to rescue her from the flames and the thick, heavy smoke. Unfortunately, she succumbed to smoke inhalation before she could be rescued. 

Mathieu Groleau, M.B.
Dolbeau-Mistassini and Joliette, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On August 14, 2012, Mathieu Groleau rescued a girl who was in danger of drowning in the fast-moving Mistassini River, near Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec. Mr. Groleau managed to reach the girl who had been carried away by the strong current. He fought against the turbulent waters to bring her closer to a rescue boat, onto which others then helped the pair. 

Denis Lainé, M.B.
Wendake and Lac Beauport, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On July 14, 2012, Denis Lainé rescued a man from a fire in Wendake, Quebec. Mr. Lainé was driving his ATV when he noticed flames coming from a cottage. He found a disoriented, injured man and struggled to keep him from re-entering the structure, as propane tanks and live ammunition were exploding nearby. Mr. Lainé then drove the victim to a first aid post, some 30 kilometres away.

René Martel, M.B.
Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On May 20, 2012, René Martel rescued three people from a burning house in Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Quebec. Mr. Martel quickly entered the house, made his way upstairs, picked up a sleeping four-year-old boy from his bed, and woke up the child’s grandparents in another bedroom. Mr. Martel brought the boy outside before running back through the heat, flames and smoke to lead the disoriented elderly couple to safety. 

Jean-Paul Muir, M.B., C.D.
La Bostonnais, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On July 18, 2011, Jean-Paul Muir rescued a young girl trapped in a submerged airplane, in La Bostonnais, Quebec. After seeing the plane crash into the river near his house, Mr. Muir swam to the wreck, in spite of the strong current. He revived the young girl, initiated first aid and remained with her until help arrived. 

Andrei Odorico, M.B.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Giancarlo Torino, M.B.
Pierrefonds, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On November 5, 2011, Andrei Odorico and Giancarlo Torino rescued two people from a burning apartment building in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. Messrs. Odorico and Torino faced intense heat and smoke to reach the victims and bring them safely outside. 

Master Corporal Jean-François Vaillancourt, M.B.
L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On September 23, 2011, in Afghanistan, Master Corporal Jean-François Vaillancourt risked his life when he conducted a radiological screening on an injured woman who was suspected of carrying a concealed improvised explosive device. He alone volunteered for this task and, despite the possibility that it could go off at any time, Master Corporal Vaillancourt was able to neutralize the device. 

Daryl James Williams, M.B.
North Hatley, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On June 2, 2012, off-duty volunteer firefighter Daryl Williams rescued a man from a burning building, in Waterville, Quebec. Mr. Williams entered the two-storey apartment building to search for victims but had to exit several times due to the thick, black smoke. He then ran up an exterior staircase to the second level and broke a window to get inside. There he found a man asleep on the couch and successfully led him outside.



Sarah Burke, M.S.C. (posthumous)
Squamish, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Sarah Burke was a leading pioneer in women’s freestyle skiing and lobbied tirelessly for years to have women included in all major freestyle ski competitions. A four-time Winter X Games champion in the women’s superpipe skiing event, she was the driving force behind a successful campaign to get women’s ski half-pipe recognized as an Olympic discipline. She died tragically on January 19, 2012, following a training accident, and sadly did not live to see her dream realized when women’s ski half-pipe and ski slopestyle were introduced at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. Ms. Burke was a role model to young athletes and continues to inspire women to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams. 

The decoration awarded to the late Sarah Burke will be presented to her husband, Mr. Rory Bushfield.

Her Worship Colette Roy Laroche, M.S.C.
Lac-Mégantic, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Colette Roy Laroche showed remarkable leadership in her role as the town’s mayor after the devastating train derailment that occurred on July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Always ready to act for the good of her community, in the hours following the unprecedented catastrophe, she coordinated the efforts of emergency services and first responders, led evacuation and housing operations, and provided strong support to victims and all those affected by the disaster. She has worked tirelessly ever since to implement concrete measures to improve emergency response actions; these measures range from prevention to reconstruction after a tragedy. Through her strength of character, her ability to mobilize her fellow citizens, and her determination to rebuild Lac-Mégantic’s downtown and make it a model of sustainable development, she has proven to be an exemplary leader and has redefined the notion of public service.



François Lamothe
Drummondville, Quebec
First Bar to the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal

The First Bar to the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. François Lamothe, paramedic and regional supervisor, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to law enforcement in Canada. 

Claude Morin
Sainte-Marie, Quebec
Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Claude Morin, firefighter with the Fire Service of Ville de Sainte-Marie, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to law enforcement in Canada.

Louis Berberi
Québec, Quebec
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Louis Berberi, Superintendent at the Canada Border Services Agency, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to law enforcement in Canada. 



Louis Fortier, O.C., O.Q.
Québec, Quebec
Recipient of the 2011 Governor General’s Northern Medal

Louis Fortier currently holds the Canada Research Chair on the Response of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change at Laval University. He has been leading international research programs on the impact of climate change in the Canadian Arctic for many years. His ability to put into words the changing northern reality allows us to better understand the impact of climate change and modernization on the Arctic. He is renowned for his international research endeavours, particularly the Quebec-Océan research centre initiative, which brings together oceanographers based in the province’s universities and government laboratories. ArcticNet, the first Network of Centres of Excellence focused on the Arctic, was created under his leadership; he continues to serve as its scientific director. A great unifier of people, Mr. Fortier extended the use of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen, a state-of-the-art research platform, by linking health providers to members of remote coastal communities assessing the health of Inuit residents. By bridging scholars, decision makers, community builders and residents, Mr. Fortier unremittingly works towards understanding and guiding the new Canadian Arctic. 

Tagak Curley, C.M.
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s Northern Medal

An Inuit leader, politician and businessman, Tagak Curley is devoted to the economic and political development of the North. Throughout his career, he took on leadership roles to promote better living conditions for residents of local Inuit communities throughout Nunavut. Over a 30-year period, Mr. Curley also played a key role in the birth of the Nunavut territory as a founding member and first president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, as a lead negotiator in the Nunavut land claims process, and as president of the Nunavut Construction Company. Mr. Curley is also a champion of Inuit employment and self-government. His drive and determination have raised the national profile of his people and have contributed to the continued economic growth of the region.



Patricia Lamirande
Québec, Quebec 

With an average of 91 per cent, Ms. Lamirande is the de Rochebelle secondary school student who achieved the highest average upon graduation, for the school year 2013-2014.


Robert Cantin
Québec, Quebec 

Robert Cantin believes in preserving Canada’s heritage. He therefore founded the Association des Familles Cantin d’Amérique du Nord, a genealogical organization that allows people to learn about their family history and culture. As a researcher, he has written a number of pieces that he has provided to the Naval Museum of Québec in order to create a commemorative volume that includes the names of all Canadian sailors who died in service between 1910 and 2010. Robert Cantin also created a radio program that plays big band music for the community.

Nataly Rae
Québec, Quebec 

Nataly Rae is a woman who is passionate about her philanthropic work and about the well-being of others. In addition to her important role with the Fondation communautaire du grand Québec, she has also helped Les Violons du Roy, a cultural and charitable organization. She provides advice to others on how to have a positive impact on the community through philanthropy, and participates in round tables of a number of institutions, including chambers of commerce, service clubs and provincial government departments.




Major-General Dean James Milner, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Major-General Milner was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as both the commander of the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission and the commanding general of the NATO Training Mission from May 2013 to March 2014. His character, leadership and strategic vision contributed to the development of an autonomous and sustainable Afghan security force in the aftermath of the coalition force departure, and ensured a successful end to Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.  Major-General Milner was a consummate professional and an exceptional ambassador for Canada.

This is the second Meritorious Service Cross awarded to Major-General Milner.

Lieutenant General Daniel P. Bolger, M.S.C. (United States Army)
Aurora, Illinois, United States of America
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan from November 2011 to April 2013, Lieutenant General Bolger was a steadfast supporter of Canada’s mission objectives. Leading over 4 000 coalition personnel and 13 000 contractors, he endorsed many Canadian initiatives that significantly enhanced training effectiveness at key Afghan institutions. Lieutenant General Bolger’s leadership and encouragement were critical to the success of the Canadian mission, and strengthened the bond between Canada and the United States of America.

Warrant Officer Joseph Claude Camille Pelletier, M.S.C., C.D.
Edmundston, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Warrant Officer Pelletier demonstrated leadership, professionalism, initiative and dedication during the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. He provided life-saving first aid to several local nationals immediately following the earthquake, and subsequently organized the evacuation of over 4 000 Canadian citizens. He also delivered crucial assistance to Canadian embassy staff and to governmental and non-governmental aid specialists coordinating the Canadian relief effort. Warrant Officer Pelletier’s decisive actions helped restore calm in Haiti.



Master Corporal Robert James Featherstone, M.B.
Greenwood, Nova Scotia and Kingston, Ontario
Sergeant Norman Ewen Penny, S.C., M.B., C.D.
St. Peter’s, Nova Scotia and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Medal of Bravery

On March 27, 2012, Sergeant Norman Penny and Master Corporal Robert Featherstone rescued three people stranded at sea during a storm, south of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia. In spite of the challenging weather conditions, they managed to execute three successful hoist recoveries from a helicopter and retrieve all the victims from their damaged sailboat.



Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Christian Guy Leblanc, M.S.M., C.D.
Joliette, Quebec
Corporal Clinton Jeffrey Lewis, M.S.M., C.D.
Hamilton, Ontario
Warrant Officer Michael David Mar, M.S.M., C.D.
Truro, Nova Scotia
Captain Trevor Mark Pellerin, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

On March 27, 2012, despite gale force winds, 120-metre altitude ceilings, snow squalls, and five- to eight-metre waves, the crew of Rescue 908 was involved in a perilous night mission to recover survivors from the S/V Tabasco II, foundering in the stormy North Atlantic south of Nova Scotia. First Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Leblanc took charge of all flight functions, including aircraft navigation and survivor spotting, allowing his aircraft commander to concentrate on managing crew resources while flying in the abysmal conditions. Aircraft Commander Captain Pellerin placed the helicopter in a 20-metre hover in order for his crew to investigate the life raft, and subsequently moved the aircraft to the sailboat to affect the rescue. Flight Engineer Corporal Lewis, previously injured during hoist operations, identified an unconventional method to keep the helicopter in position over the vessel, which proved instrumental in the safe completion of the mission. As replacement flight engineer following Corporal Lewis’ injury, Warrant Officer Mar immediately stepped in to operate the safe hoist by placing the SAR technicians on board the raft and sailing vessel, and safely recovering five persons, all while battling gale-force winds. The crew of Rescue 908 demonstrated exemplary team work, bringing great honour to themselves and to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Joseph Laurendan Brissette, M.S.M., C.D.
Petawawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From April 2012 to April 2013, Chief Warrant Officer Brissette deployed to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. As sergeant-major of the Deputy Commanding General–Operations organization, he mentored a key network of senior non-commissioned members that provided guidance to over 16 000 personnel dispersed throughout the country. Chief Warrant Officer Brissette established himself as an eminent ambassador for Canada, and set an impressive standard of leadership for all personnel.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Chief Warrant Officer Brissette.

Colonel Gordon David Corbould, M.S.M., C.D.
Balve, Germany
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

Colonel Corbould was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, as the deputy commanding general of Coalition Effects and Transitions for the Combined Joint Task Force–101, in Regional Command–East, from February 2013 to February 2014. His leadership and strategic vision engineered the simultaneous reduction and removal of existing equipment and infrastructure at NATO bases across eastern Afghanistan. He adeptly led a large multinational force with energy and professionalism, which brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel Corbould.

Colonel Joseph Albert Paul Pierre St-Cyr, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From July 2012 to July 2013, Colonel St-Cyr was posted to the position of chief of staff of the military contingent of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. His leadership allowed the team at the multinational headquarters to become cohesive; the team proved effective on countless occasions during national disasters and in support of election planning. Colonel St-Cyr’s influence also exceeded his military role and contributed greatly to the progress of several important initiatives.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel St-Cyr.

Brigadier-General Todd Nelson Balfe, M.S.M., C.D.
Chatham, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Brigadier-General Balfe was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the deputy to the Chief of Staff of Communications for the International Security Assistance Force from May 2013 to March 2014. Utilizing detailed media analysis, and optimizing personnel and resources, he greatly improved the information flow to his commanders, which provided them with a more in-depth understanding of Afghan culture. He also initiated the Gender Cross-Functional Assessment Team, which promoted a gender advocacy strategy for the country. With his cultural sensitivity and professional acumen, Brigadier-General Balfe brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Lee Brown, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Sackville, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From July 2011 to July 2012, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Brown rose quickly through several senior appointments within the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan. He established himself as a strong influence within the Canadian contingent and provided valuable support to Afghan police development. Furthermore, his leadership, composure and strength under fire were critical to mounting an effective response to a large insurgent attack on Kabul. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Brown’s efforts significantly enhanced the reputation of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Chief Warrant Officer Martin Joseph Bruno Colbert, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Ste-Foy, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From October 2012 to June 2013, Chief Warrant Officer Colbert did an extraordinary job as sergeant-major of the Canadian Contribution to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. Through his leadership, he ensured that over 900 Canadian soldiers remained motivated, disciplined and focused, despite the difficult and complex conditions under which they were working. By providing advice to the command team and by training Canadian and foreign subordinates, Chief Warrant Officer Colbert made a significant contribution to the mission’s success.

Lieutenant-Colonel John Stanley Fife, M.S.M., C.D.
Iserlohn, Germany
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

Lieutenant-Colonel Fife was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as commander of the Coalition’s Consolidated Fielding Centre Training Advisory Group from July 2013 to March 2014. His leadership and mentorship significantly contributed to the creation and future sustainment of the Afghan National Army. By applying his valuable training and experience, he facilitated the operational transition between the Forces and the Army while establishing the critical capabilities for its future development. Lieutenant-Colonel Fife’s achievements brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada. 

Colonel Paul Timothy Goddard, M.S.M., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From July 2010 to April 2013, Colonel Goddard was the main architect of the NATO Flying Training Centre program delivery recovery. This program had been on the brink of collapse, with no hope of delivering the anticipated results. Colonel Goddard guided his staff with exemplary corporate and leadership skills, as well as a firm commitment to the renewal of the program. Their efforts resulted in a 35-per-cent increase in productivity through more efficient training and through the synchronization of ground, simulation and flying elements.

Lieutenant-Commander Christopher Daniel Holland, M.S.M., C.D.
Peterborough, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

Lieutenant-Commander Holland displayed dedication and selfless effort as the executive officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Victoria from July 2010 through September 2012. He was challenged with the numerous difficult and high-profile milestones of completing the submarine’s extended docking work period, Tiered Readiness Program, High Readiness Work-ups, and Weapons Certification Program. With expert management and oversight of multiple contractors, and under scrutiny by the national press, Lieutenant-Commander Holland was instrumental in the delivery of a submarine capability for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Major Mohamed-Ali Laaouan, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From July 2011 to April 2012, Major Laaouan did a remarkable job as the officer in charge of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax during a period of significant changes when the operational rhythm was very fast-paced. He ensured the transfer of tasks from the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador to his organization while maintaining exceptional search and rescue coverage. Major Laaouan’s leadership and work ethic were essential to the success of this complex undertaking.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Patrick Lewis, M.S.M., C.D.
Trenton, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

As a senior advisor to the Afghan Border Police from June 2012 to July 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis played an essential role in Canada’s Contribution to the NATO Training Mission. He mentored the police force’s senior commanders and helped them move the nascent organization toward assuming its full security responsibilities. Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis’ leadership and knowledge contributed to enhancing the capabilities of the Afghan Border Police.

Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen MacDonald, M.S.M., C.D.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

While deployed to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan from October 2012 to July 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel MacDonald was the chief of Staff of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan, and the commanding officer of the National Command and Support Element. He was able to maintain situational awareness of over 900 widely dispersed Canadian personnel for whom he ensured the proper employment, protection, equipment and support in order for them to excel at their jobs. Lieutenant-Colonel MacDonald’s leadership and operational vision were integral to Canada’s success in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Gordon William Floyd Morrison, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

As the command sergeant-major of the Consolidated Fielding Centre in Afghanistan from June 2012 to July 2013, Chief Warrant Officer Morrison used his military knowledge and personnel management abilities to optimize the deployment of 44 new Afghan National Army battalions. His leadership moulded multinational military contingents, and unequivocally contributed to improving the living and working conditions for both Afghan and coalition personnel. From personally mentoring soldiers to coordinating large-scale infrastructure projects, he made several lasting contributions to the Afghan National Army’s development, which brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

Lieutenant(N) Jocelyn Joseph Nadeau, M.S.M., C.D.
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While posted to Haiti in 2009, Lieutenant(N) Nadeau worked tirelessly to improve the living conditions of the Haitian people and, in particular, to help in the renovation and expansion of a school. Moreover, he ensured the acquisition and delivery of several tons of school supplies. Lieutenant(N) Nadeau’s generous actions, which went beyond his military responsibilities, brought great credit to Canada.

Major Robin Kent Nickerson, M.S.M., C.D.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From April to October 2013, Major Nickerson shepherded an unprecedented period of military co-operation between Jordan and Canada. He organized programming from the Canadian Government Global Partnership Program and the Global Peace and Security Fund, and furthered military training co-operation opportunities by coordinating with the United States Central Command forward deployments. Major Nickerson’s dedication and professionalism greatly enhanced Canada’s reputation as a model of excellence in building international partnerships.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Robert Ostler, M.S.M., C.D.
Cochrane, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From September 2011 to August 2012, Lieutenant-Colonel Ostler deployed to the West Bank as deputy commander of Canada’s contingent to Palestinian Authority security sector reform. Showing exceptional diplomacy, he worked to rekindle strategic relationships between Canada and the Palestinian Authority, and helped secure significant advances in the professionalization of Palestinian Authority security forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Ostler’s leadership and efforts contributed to reinforcing Canada’s position as a trusted and important collaborator in the Middle East peace process. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Roch Pelletier, M.S.M., C.D.
Valcartier, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

As deputy commander of the Canadian Contribution to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, from October 2012 to July 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Pelletier provided leadership to over 900 Canadian soldiers in 30 different locations throughout the country’s three distinct regions. Moreover, he drew up a detailed plan for the withdrawal of personnel, while ensuring that Canadian resources were used to their full potential and that Canada remained at the forefront of the mission. Lieutenant-Colonel Pelletier’s efficiency made an enormous contribution to Canada’s operational success in Afghanistan.

Captain(N) Ronald Gerald Pumphrey, M.S.M., C.D.
Bath, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

Captain(N) Pumphrey deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the deputy commander of the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior from May 2013 to March 2014. He carefully directed a large multinational staff of military and civilian personnel by coordinating senior staff activities, by identifying impeding political sensitivities, and by ensuring that Afghan projects were adequately funded. Captain(N) Pumphrey’s efforts were fundamental in securing a stable future for Afghanistan. 

Warrant Officer Pasqualino Rizzo, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

From 2001 to 2013, Warrant Officer Rizzo developed and implemented the Preventing Harassment and Abuse through Successful Education (PHASE) program, demonstrating his leadership and commitment to the Junior Canadian Rangers. He worked tirelessly with other government and non-government partners in his efforts to champion this program. Warrant Officer Rizzo’s dedication and community sensitivity contributed to the delivery of a very successful healthy living program that will impact thousands of northern youth for years to come. 

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Joseph Thompson, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

Chief Warrant Officer Thompson deployed to the Kabul Military Training Centre from July 2012 to June 2013, both as the regimental sergeant-major of the Training Advisory Group and the Canadian regimental sergeant-major. He provided skillful advice on national issues while simultaneously mentoring his Afghan counterpart. His leadership and influence were felt throughout the organization as he worked tirelessly to engage Afghan personnel, civilian contractors and all members of the multinational military contingent. His performance brought honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

Captain(N) Angus Ian Topshee, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

Captain Topshee’s performance, as director of operations for the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012, was critical to the successful coordination of 40 warships, six submarines, over 200 aircraft and more than 25 000 multinational personnel. His intellect and professionalism proved essential to enhancing interoperability among 22 participating nations and, ultimately, to the exercise’s resounding success. Captain Topshee’s performance in this high-profile position brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Colonel Peter Joseph Williams, M.S.M., C.D.
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) 

While deployed to the Kabul Military Training Centre from June 2012 to June 2013, Colonel Williams excelled as both the commanding officer of the Training Advisory Group and as a mentor to the Centre’s Afghan commander. After extensive analysis of the issues surrounding the rapidly decreasing coalition force, he focused his team’s efforts on areas that would effectively move the Kabul Military Training Centre towards autonomy. Colonel Williams’ leadership and ingenuity were integral to the Centre’s operational effectiveness, and brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.