Governor General to Invest 69 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

November 2, 2018
UPDATED - November 6, 2018

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 the Canadian War Museum, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 1 Commander, 14 Officers and 54 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.

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Media interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. They must arrive at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place, Ottawa) no later than 10:15 a.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:

Sara Régnier-McKellar
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569
613-301-2465 (cell)
sara.regnier-mckellar@gg.ca
 

For information on the recipients:

Department of National Defence
Media Relations Office
1-866-377-0811
613-996-2353
mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

 

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:30 a.m.:                  Ceremony begins
                                    The Governor General speaks 
                                    The Governor General presents the insignia
                                    (Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members)
                                    The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
12 p.m.:                       Interviews with recipients
 

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major General Omer Henry Lavoie, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Commander, 1st Canadian Division Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario

 

OFFICERS

Lieutenant-Colonel Claire Katherine Bramma, O.M.M., C.D.

Mapping and Charting Establishment
Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Joseph Jean Guy Chapdelaine, O.M.M., C.D., Q.H.C.

General Chaplain
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Ryan Glen Deming, O.M.M., C.D.

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

Colonel Robert Bernard Dundon, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Director General, Land Equipment Program Management
Ottawa, Ontario

Major Trevor Jain, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

33 Field Ambulance (Halifax)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Captain(N) Marie-France Langlois, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Director, Casualty Support Management
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Joseph Bernard Christian Mercier, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

34 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Montréal, Quebec

Major Richard Andrew Havelock Nicholson, O.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Captain(N) Rebecca Louise Patterson, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Robert Tennant Ritchie, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Josée Diane Marie Robidoux, O.M.M., C.D.

35 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Québec, Quebec

Captain(N) Christopher Allan Robinson, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General, Naval Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Dallas Jay West, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest)
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Captain(N) Douglas Michael Charles Young, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

Maritime Forces Pacific, Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia

 

MEMBERS

Ranger Cyril Abbott, M.M.M., C.D.

 

5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class André Lionel Aubry, M.M.M., M.B., C.D.

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton
Victoria, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Sean Eldon Benedict, M.M.M., C.D.

 

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Marc Thomas Bertrand, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General, Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant(N) Randall Milton Binnie, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)
Washington, D.C., United States of America

Warrant Officer Aaron David Bygrove, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron (Trenton)
Astra, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Claude Rodney Cromwell, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General, Materiel Systems and Supply Chain
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Raymond DeProy, M.M.M., M.B., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific)
Victoria, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Christopher Lee Desjardins, M.M.M., C.D.

 

2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Shilo, Manitoba

Sergeant Michel Doyon, M.M.M., C.D.

 

400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Borden, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Desmond Michael Flood, M.M.M., C.D.

407 Long Range Patrol Squadron (Comox)
Lazo, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Lorilee Ann Flowers, M.M.M., C.D.

Combat Training Centre Headquarters
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Jason Edward Forth, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Richelain, Quebec

Warrant Officer Robert Glenn Arthur Fox, M.M.M., C.D.

The Princess Louise Fusiliers
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Terry Hans Fraser, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre
Borden, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Leslie Darrell Frowen, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing Headquarters Trenton
Astra, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Claude Michel Giguère, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Donnacona
Montréal, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Gerrit Ted Gombert, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Joint Operational Support Group Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Raymond Jay Green, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Eileen Elizabeth Hannigan, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General, Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michael Henry Hawthorn, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Ronald Michael James Heffernan, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Kingston
Kingston, Ontario

Sergeant Lejla Imamovic, M.M.M., C.D.

 

10th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
Regina, Saskatchewan

Warrant Officer Penny Christina Kennedy, M.M.M., C.D.

 

5th Canadian Division Support Group Gagetown Personnel Support Services
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer William Lloyd King, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Army Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Blair William Leahy, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Major Marylin Suzanne Lemay, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General, Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario

Major James Edward Rene MacInnis, M.M.M., C.D.

 

The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own)
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer John Alexander MacKenzie, M.M.M., C.D.

 

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

Warrant Officer Richard John Martin, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Detachment McChord
Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington, United States of America

Master Warrant Officer Suzanne Joyce McAdam, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Morris Henry McGarrigle, M.M.M., C.D. 

2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer James Allan McKenzie, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Air Reserve Flight (Trenton)
Astra, Ontario

Warrant Officer Michael Melvin, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Chief of Staff, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Level 1 Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Major Jennifer Lynn Morrison, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering
Borden, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Paul Rémi Nault, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Real Property Operations Group
Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Rebekah Dawn Neville, M.M.M., C.D.

 

4 Engineer Support Regiment
Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Andrew Joseph Parent, M.M.M., C.D.

Naval Fleet School (Pacific)
Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Yves Éric Poissant, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Québec, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Leonard Andrew Power, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Service Battalion
Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Marie Ginette Isabelle Proulx, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Mark Dennis Riach, M.M.M., C.D.

417 Combat Support Squadron
Cold Lake, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer David Michael Andrew Ridley, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Military Police Academy
Borden, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Christopher Allan Rigby, M.M.M., C.D. 

Office of the Director General, Land Equipment Program Management
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph André Daniel Royer, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Marie Nathalie Isabelle Scalabrini, M.M.M., C.D.

Naval Fleet School (Pacific)
Victoria, British Columbia

Petty Officer 1st Class Ginette Suzanne Marie Seguin, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Mark Thomas Shannon, M.M.M., C.D.

32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Toronto, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen James Sheffar, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary
Victoria, British Columbia

Major Derek John Sheridan, M.M.M., C.D.

The Ontario Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Oshawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Stephen Alan Slade, M.M.M., C.D.

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Sergeant Roxane St. Michael, M.M.M., C.D.

 

450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Petawawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Joel Kevin Turnbull, M.M.M., C.D.

 

5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, Detachment Aldershot
Kentville, Nova Scotia

Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Jerome Williams, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
Shearwater, Nova Scotia

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.

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

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.

For more information about the Order of Military Merit,
visit our website at
www.gg.ca/honours.