Governor General invests 97 members of the Canadian military into the Order of Military Merit

November 1, 2021

OTTAWA—Today, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony for outstanding members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

During the virtual ceremony, the Governor General, who is Chancellor and a Commander of the Order, bestowed the honour on 3 Commanders of Military Merit for their outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility; 21 Officers of Military Merit for their outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility; and 73 Members of Military Merit for exceptional service or performance of duty.

The Order of Military Merit is a central element of the Canadian Honours System that also includes the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Decorations, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and Decorations for Bravery. All recipients share a desire to help others, to achieve excellence and to contribute to their communities and to Canada.

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“As commander-in-chief and on behalf of all Canadians, I thank these members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their devotion to duty, dedication to excellence, allegiance to service and for putting duty, excellence and service into action to defend peace, justice and freedom in Canada and around the world.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor General of Canada

Quick facts:

  • Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit (OMM) recognizes conspicuous merit and exceptional service by active members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor and a Commander, and the chief of the Defence Staff is its Principal Commander.
  • The names of the appointees are published in the Canada Gazette.


For information about the ceremony:
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All requests for interviews with recipients should be directed to the Department of National Defence:
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ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

Please note that this list was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.

Commander of the Order of Military Merit

Rear-Admiral John Robert Auchterlonie, O.M.M., C.D.   
Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia

Rear-Admiral Craig Alan Baines, M.S.C., C.D.
Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Joseph Paul Alain Pelletier, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

Officer of the Order of Military Merit

Colonel Jason Thomas Adair, O.M.M., C.D.
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal
Petawawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Sterling Allen, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Timothy Maurice Arsenault, O.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.    
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Courcelette, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel Fraser George Auld, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Strategic Joint Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Derek Dickson Basinger, O.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Geneviève Bussière, O.M.M., C.D.
1 Dental Unit
Ottawa, Ontario

Captain(N) Matthew David Coates, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Director Human Rights and Diversity
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Pierre Frédéric André Demers, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters
Borden, Ontario

Colonel Marie-Christine Eliane Harvey, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Army Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Major Christopher Adam Horch, O.M.M., C.D.
4 Operations Support Squadron
Cold Lake, Alberta

Colonel Robyn Yvonne Hulan, O.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

Colonel Shawn Lawrence Marley, O.M.M., C.D.       
Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff
Ottawa, Ontario 

Colonel Christopher Alan McKenna, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Office of the Director General Policy Planning
Ottawa, Ontario

Major Robert William McMullen, O.M.M., C.D.
443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
Victoria, British Columbia

Colonel Kyle Christopher Paul, O.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

Lieutenant-Colonel Henrik Allan Szelecz, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Angela Joyce Thomas, O.M.M., C.D.
404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron
Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Colonel Ronald Joseph Walker, O.M.M., C.D.
15 Wing Headquarters
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Lieutenant-Colonel Bernadette Maureen Wellwood, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Borden
Borden, Ontario

Captain(N) David Edward Mazur, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Colonel Michel Louis Lapointe, O.M.M., M.M.V., M.S.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Member of the Order of Military Merit

Ranger Kimberly Ann Andersen, M.M.M., C.D.
5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ranger Winston Barry Andersen, M.M.M., C.D.
5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group 
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Master Warrant Officer Claude Joseph Philippe Bélisle, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Leadership Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Donald Blonde, M.M.M., C.D.
Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia

Master Warrant Officer Marie-Claude Brulotte, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Armed Forces Transition Unit Southern Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Sergeant Ricardo Ken Burton, M.M.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Division Headquarters
Toronto, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Maurice George Campbell, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Shilo, Manitoba

Warrant Officer Paul Joseph Guy André Chagnon, M.M.M., C.D.
The Calgary Highlanders
Calgary, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Owen Chalmer, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Guillaume Louis Philippe Daniel Mathieu Chevalier-Boisvert, M.M.M., C.D. 
1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Erkin Cicekci, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Health Services Training Center
Borden, Ontario

Warrant Officer Gregory Allan Crosby, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Serena Lynn Cross, M.M.M., C.D.
435 Transport and Rescue Squadron
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Judith Angela Dietrich, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Brunswicker
Saint John, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Tania Carol Doyle, M.M.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Roger Dennis Duquette, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Petty Officer 2nd Class Mitchell William Earle, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Carolyn Margaret Edwards, M.M.M., C.D.
41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Calgary, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph François Paul Fleury, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Director General Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ernest André Robert Gagnon, M.M.M., C.D.     
The Brockville Riffles
Brockville, Ontario

Warrant Officer Audrey Gagnon, M.M.M., C.D.
2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier
Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Eugène Stéphane Gauvreau, M.M.M., C.D.
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School 
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Joseph Jean Paul Adelard Germain, M.M.M., C.D.
2 Air Expeditionary Squadron    
Alouette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Todd Allen Gervais, M.M.M., C.D.
Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers School 
Borden, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer François Joseph Alain Girard, M.M.M., C.D. 
Le Régiment du Saguenay
Jonquière, Quebec

Lieutenant Pierre-Marc Joseph Dany Girard, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Leadership Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Michael Grass, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Military Police Group
Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Marty Charles Gratrix, M.M.M., C.D.   
39 Combat Engineer Regiment
Chilliwack, British Columbia

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Leo Greidanus, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Prevost
London, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Mario Grondin, M.M.M., C.D.          
Office of the Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Marie Laurette Martine Guay, M.M.M., C.D.    
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Edward Allison Hebb, M.M.M., C.D.          
17 Mission Support Squadron 
Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Sergeant Joanne Marie Henneberry, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Armed Forces Transition Unit (Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Derek Wayne Holmstead, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Kingston
Kingston, Ontario

Sergeant Mieszko Lech Jachyra-Cmolassowski, M.M.M., C.D.
16 Wing Headquarters
Borden, Ontario

Warrant Officer Warren Bradley James, M.M.M., C.D.
1 Engineer Support Unit
Kingston, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Sean James Jamieson, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta

Warrant Officer Elizabeth Marion Kennedy, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Michael Kent, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Jean Joseph Claude Yvon Labelle, M.M.M., C.D.
2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier - Detachment Montréal
Montréal, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Michel Charles Landry, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Harry Dewolf
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Etienne François Langlois, M.M.M., C.D.          
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Vital André Lavallée, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Richelain, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Eric Lebel, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michael George Lowe, M.M.M., C.D.
4 Engineer Support Regiment
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer Andrew David MacAlister, M.M.M., C.D.
41 Signal Regiment 
Edmonton, Alberta

Sergeant Réjean Joseph Lucien Martel, M.M.M., C.D.
439 Combat Support Squadron 
Alouette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Kevin Bryce Mason, M.M.M., C.D.             
Royal Canadian Air Force Aerospace Warfare Centre
Astra, Ontario

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher John McBride, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant(N) Thomas Onafray McCarthy, M.M.M., C.D.
5th Canadian Division Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Warrant Officer Christopher John Michael Murdy, M.M.M., C.D.
31 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
London, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Paul Stewart Nolan, M.M.M., C.D.
435 Transport and Rescue Squadron
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Stuart Northorp, M.M.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Irénée Sébastien Parent, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Mélanie Marie Christine Parent, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre 
Denwood, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Éric Pépin, M.M.M., C.D.
34 Combat Engineer Regiment
Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer João Antonio Sobral Pereira, M.M.M., C.D.   
Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy
Borden, Ontario

Sergeant Rémy Joseph Robert Pichette, M.M.M., C.D.
Les Voltigeurs de Québec
Québec, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Raymond Joseph Pruski, M.M.M., C.D.    
5 Canadian Division Support Group Gagetown 
Gagetown, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Michael James Richard, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Center Headquarters 
Kingston, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Amanda Jane Roncetti, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Combat Support Brigade Headquarters 
Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Paul Patrice Martin Rondeau, M.M.M., C.D.
5 Combat Engineer Regiment
Courcelette, Quebec

Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Alexander Roulston, M.M.M., C.D.        
Office of the Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

Sergeant Nathaniel Christopher Alvin Senff, M.M.M., C.D.
39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Vancouver, British Columbia

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Harold Steeves, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of Naval Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Réjean Thibodeau, M.M.M., C.D.
12 Air Maintenance Squadron    
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine Thompson, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Gary Todd, M.M.M., C.D.
2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Scott Ronald Trudell, M.M.M., C.D.
1 Air Maintenance Squadron 
Cold Lake, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer David Charles Turnbull, M.M.M., C.D.
32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Toronto, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Joseph André Stéphane Vidal, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Joint Operations Command
Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Eric Michael Vollick, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Ross Allan Weaver, M.B., C.D.
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta