Honorary-Colonel James R. Breithaupt, KSTJ, DC, OM(POL), QC, MA, LLB, LLD, joined the COTC on October 1, 1952. Commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery after completing Officer training in Shilo, Manitoba, he was a Troop Leader in Z Battery (Para), 1 RCHA in the summer of 1955. He served as Adjutant of the Artillery Training Wing in Petawawa in the summers of 1956 and 1957. From 1956 to 1962, he was a Lieutenant and Captain in the 29th Field Regiment (SP), RCA in Toronto and was in turn Training Officer, Quartermaster and commanded 15 Battery. He has been a member of the Toronto Artillery Association since 1962. In October 2009, he was appointed the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. In January 2011 he was promoted to be the Honorary Colonel of his Regiment. On being called to the Ontario Bar in 1962, he transferred to the Scots Fusiliers of Canada in Kitchener as the eighth officer member of his family and the first third-generation officer of the Regiment. On amalgamation with the Highland Light Infantry of Galt, he served in the Highland Fusiliers of Canada as company commander, and Deputy Commanding Officer and from 1971 to 1973 as the Commanding Officer. From 1975 to 1978 he was the Senior Staff Officer to the Major General Reserves. First elected in 1967 to the Ontario Legislature as the MPP for Kitchener, he was successful in four further elections and became the House Leader for the Liberal opposition. He became the Chairman of the Ontario Law Reform Commission from 1984 to 1989 and then Chairman of the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal from 1989 to 1993. He has been a Deputy Judge in the Small Claims Courts from 1993 to 2011 in Kitchener and Cambridge and in seven other cities. From 1965 to 2007 he was an active volunteer with St. John Ambulance and served as the first non-Toronto president of Ontario Council from 1989 to 1991. He joined the Board of the Great Lakes Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in 1996 and was the Chairman of the Division from 2003 to 2005. He joined the Board of the Ontario Branch of the Last Post Fund in 1999, and served as the Branch President from 2006 to 2010.
The Hon. Jean Charest is a Partner in the Montréal office of McCarthy Tetrault. With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and, at age 28, became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth. In 1991, he was named Minister of the Environment and, a year later, he led Canada’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio. In 1993, Mr. Charest was named Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. In 1994, Jean Charest was chosen Leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, becoming the party’s first French Canadian leader. He held that post until 1998 when he became the Leader of the Québec Liberal Party. Mr. Charest then broke a 50-year provincial record by winning three consecutive election campaigns in 2003, 2007 and 2008. The Charest government has been a world leader on the environment and climate change, having brought forward the first carbon levy in North America with the implementation of its climate change policy.
In the area of energy, the Charest government pushed ahead with major hydro-electric and wind power projects that will maintain Québec’s position as the 4th biggest producer of clean and renewable hydro-electric power in the world after China, Brazil and the USA.In International arena, Premier Charest led numerous economic missions in emerging economies including China, India, Russia and Brazil. He has been a panellist at the World Economic Forum in Davos, discussing issues ranging from environment, climate change and international trade to labour mobility. Mr. Charest has participated in four summits of French speaking countries that include more than fifty French speaking jurisdictions, and hosted the successful 2008 edition of this grouping in Québec City (Sommet de la Francophonie). Jean Charest’s most noteworthy international initiative has been to convince Canada and the European Union to negotiate a broad economic partnership, including cooperation agreements, in the wake of the failed Doha round. As a leader, Mr. Charest has been a strong supporter and promoter of women in politics. In 2006 his government voted legislation that requires gender parity on the boards of the 22 most important state owned corporations, and in 2007, his 18 member cabinet had an equal number of men and women. Mr. Charest has received, along with many other awards, the following distinguished honours: Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, June 1986 (Canada), Commandeur of the Légion d’honneur, February 2009 (France), Bavarian Order of Merit, July 2007 (Germany),Grand Croix of the Ordre de la Pléiade, November 2007 (Francophony) and The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, October 2011 (United-States). Mr. Charest has been a lecturer on political science at Concordia University, and he remains active in public policy and community activities. He obtained his law degree from the University of Sherbrooke in 1980 and was admitted to the Québec bar in 1981.
John E. Cleghorn, O.C., FCPA, FCA, retired as Chairman and CEO and a director of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in 2001. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Canadian Pacific Railway until May 2012 and Chairman of the Board of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. until 2007. He retired as a director of Molson Coors Brewing Company in May 2012. Born in Montreal July 7,1941, he graduated from McGill University with a B. Comm. in 1962. He articled with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young) becoming a chartered accountant in 1964, following which he was a sugar futures trader with St. Lawrence Sugar. From 1966 to 1974 he worked for Citibank and its Canadian affiliate, Mercantile Bank, with assignments in New York, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver. He joined Royal Bank of Canada in 1974, and held senior positions in project finance, corporate lending, national accounts, British Columbia district, and international banking, becoming president in 1986; chief operating officer in 1990; chief executive officer in 1994, and chairman and chief executive officer in 1995. He is Chancellor Emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier University, Board Member of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Governor Emeritus of McGill University, Director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and a Member of the First World War Steering Committee of The Canadian War Museum. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and a fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec. He is also a Companion of the YMCA Canada’s Fellowship of Honour, and a Member of the YMCAS of Quebec Foundation’s Mentors Circle. He holds honorary degrees from Acadia, Bishop’s, McGill and Wilfrid Laurier Universities. He also is a Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Honorary Associate Award from The Conference Board of Canada. John and his wife are currently funding various faculty projects at McGill University; and the Cleghorn Battlefield Fellowship Tours in Europe for high school teachers and other Canadian military history projects at Wilfrid Laurier University.
His Excellency Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Italian Ambassador to Canada, joined the Italian Foreign Service in 1985, following his graduation from LUISS University in Rome with a degree in Political Science. Ambassador Cornado has served in various posts in Europe and North America, most notably as Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Washington. He has also served as Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Minister of Justice and Chef de Cabinet to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is Ambassador Cornado’s third posting to Canada: his first was to the Italian Embassy in Ottawa as first Secretary in 1987, and he returned in 2000 to head the Consulate and Italian Mission to ICAO in Montreal.
The Hon. Wm. G. Davis, P.C., C.C., Q.C. was the Premier of Ontario from 1971- 1985. He was the fifth consecutive Progressive Conservative to hold this office since 1943. He immediately set his own style through a complete reorganization of government structures, using the administrative skills and thorough knowledge of government acquired during 12 years as a Minister of the Crown. Mr. Davis was a Member of the Ontario Legislature from 1959 to 1985. He was appointed Education Minister in 1962 and added the University Affairs portfolio two years later. Under his guidance, Ontario’s education system underwent major change. Among his wide ranging accomplishments in education were the creation of Ontario’s Institute for Studies in Education and the establishment of Ontario’s widely respected community college system. As Premier, Mr. Davis combined a business like approach to the running of government with a sensitive understanding of the needs and aspirations of the people it serves. Social services were greatly expanded at the same time as the process of government was reorganized and streamlined. Technological initiatives, the key to Ontario’s future prosperity, were fostered during his Premiership. During the early 1980s, he initiated centres dealing with robotics, biotechnology and computer applications to manufacturing. A proud Canadian and a dedicated federalist, Mr. Davis is rightfully proud of the role he played in negotiating Canada’s constitutional accord. His statesmanlike approach did much to promote the spirit of compromise that made the agreement possible. On April 17, 1982, Mr. Davis was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. In further recognition of this accomplishment, on April 9, 1986 the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Jeanne Sauve, invested Mr. Davis as a Companion of the Order of Canada at a ceremony held at Government House in Ottawa. From March 1985 to March 1986, Mr. Davis served as Canada’s Special Envoy on Acid Rain. During the course of that assignment, carried out at the request of the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Davis worked with his American counterpart to produce a report which represented significant progress on this important environmental issue. On May 6, 1987, Mr. Davis was among the first of 20 citizens to be honoured with an investiture in The Order of Ontario presented by Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander at a ceremony in the Legislature of Ontario. On February 23, 2001, Mr. Davis was inducted as a Knight in l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur at a ceremony conducted in Toronto by His Excellency Mr. Denis Bauchard, Ambassador of France in Canada, acting on behalf of the President of the French Republic. Mr. Davis was born in Brampton on July 30, 1929; he attended local schools, the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall and was called to the Bar in 1955. He practised general law with a Brampton firm until his first election in 1959. In the Ontario Legislature, Mr. Davis represented Peel, Peel North and Brampton. He retired as Premier and as a member of the Legislature in 1985. Mr. Davis was Counsel at Torys LLP, in Toronto from 1985 to 2010. Mr. Davis has been awarded Honorary Degrees by a dozen Ontario Universities, as well as the Yeshiva University of New York, the National University of Ireland and the University of Tel Aviv. In 2007, the 40th year of the Community College system in Ontario, Mr. Davis has been honored to receive Honorary Diplomas from George Brown College, Fanshawe College and Humber College.
Hon. Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey J. Dorfman, The Governor General’s Horse Guards.
Colonel Robert George (Geordie) Elms, MSM, CD (Retired) The Royal Canadian Regiment, 48th Highlanders of Canada, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. Geordie Elms was born in Toronto. In 1967 he followed his grandfather and father into the ranks of the 48th Highlanders of Canada when he joined as a piper. Commissioned under the Reserve Officer University Training Plan in September1972, he served with the 48th until 1974 when he transferred to the Regular Force, joining The Royal Canadian Regiment. He has served on regimental duty with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Petawawa, Germany, Winnipeg and Gagetown. He served from 2000 to 2003 as Commanding Officer of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Hamilton, Ontario. He has also served on operations/peacekeeping duties in Cyprus (76-77), Lebanon and Israel (83-85), Afghanistan and Pakistan (88-89) and Bosnia (92-93). LCol Geordie Elms moved to Hamilton to serve from 2000 to 2003 as Commanding Officer of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Hamilton, Ontario and was honoured to be commanding the Regiment when Her Majesty the Queen presented new Colours to the Argylls in front of 17000 people on 12 October 2002 at Copps Coliseum. In 2003 he was posted as Canadian Defence Advisor (Attaché) to the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan and cross- accredited as Canadian Defence Attaché to the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan. In 2006 he was selected to open the first resident Canadian Defence Attaché Office in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2008 he was promoted to Colonel and took up his final appointment as Canadian Defence Attaché to Israel (2008-2010). In December 2010 after 43 years in uniform (the same as his father and grandfather) Colonel Elms retired, and with his wife Shirley returned home to Hamilton. He and his wife Shirley along with “Naik” the wonder dog divide their time between their home in Dundas and their cottage in Haliburton. Colonel Elms was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for service in South West Asia (2008) and Chief of Defence Staff Commendations for meritorious service in Beirut (1985) and during the Pakistan Earthquake (2005). He was also awarded the Deputy Ministers’ Award for his work in the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Gaza in 2008. Colonel (Retired) Geordie Elms is a member of The Royal Canadian Legion and Canada Company. He serves as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Hamilton on Military Heritage and Protocol on a voluntary basis. He serves as a Director of The Royal Canadian Regiment Association and President of its Toronto Branch. He, is a member of the Board of Governors, Hamilton Division, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, and is active with the associations of his three Regiments. In January 2012 he was honored to be appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 48th Highlanders of Canada – the Regiment where his 43 years in uniform began.
The Hon. Julian Fantino was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010 and re-elected in 2011. In July 2013, Mr. Fantino was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he was appointed Minister of State (Seniors) in January 2011 and Associate Minister of National Defence in May 2011. He was appointed Minister of International Cooperation in July 2012. Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Fantino served almost 40 years in law enforcement. He was Chief of the York Regional Police and of the Toronto Police Service. He served as Ontario’s Commissioner of Emergency Preparedness and as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. Mr. Fantino is also the former President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the former Vice-President at Large of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Fantino is active in local and international victim rights groups, including as an honorary member of Canadian Crime Victims Foundation. He is also involved in community organizations, including programs to make organized sports accessible to disadvantaged children; supports the Hospice Vaughan; and participates on the board of Vaughan’s Villa Leonardo Gambin long-term care facility.
His Worship Mayor Rob Ford
Mr. James Fox joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1976. As Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and Maghreb, a position to which he was appointed in August 2008, James Fox was responsible for overseeing Canada’s political, economic and commercial relations with Europe, the Middle East and Maghreb. He served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Bilateral Relations, responsible for overseeing Canada’s relations with all countries except the United States, Mexico, and Afghanistan, from 2006 to 2008. Prior to this, Mr. Fox served as Director-General for South and Southeast Asia and Senior Official for Canada’s relations with ASEAN from 2002 to 2006. As Director of the Japan Division from 1998 to 2002, he was responsible for managing relations with Canada’s second largest economic partner. As Director of the APEC Division from 1996 to 1998, he played a leading role in Canada’s hosting of APEC in 1997 and led the Canadian delegation to the Committee on Trade and Investment. He served as Ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador from 1993 to 1996, during which time he led Canadian efforts in support of the Guatemalan peace process and the implementation of the Salvadoran peace accords. From 1991 to 1993 Mr. Fox served as the Executive Assistant to the Under-Secretary of External Affairs with special responsibilities for management issues. Earlier assignments included positions as Deputy Director of International Economic Relations and G8 Coordinator and postings to Zimbabwe, Cuba and Spain. In July 2009, he was designated as Ambassador of Canada to the Italian Republic with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Albania and as High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Malta.
H. Col. The Honourable William C. Graham, P.C., Q.C., LL.D. has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. The Hon. Bill Graham is currently Chancellor of Trinity College, University of Toronto; Chair of the Canadian International Council and the Honourary Colonel of the Governor General’s Horse Guards. Bill Graham grew up in Montreal and Vancouver and after graduating from Law School went to Paris to pursue a doctorate of laws and to improve his French. This experience has led to life long support of French Language and culture in Ontario for which he has received numerous awards. Mr. Graham is a former Member of Parliament for Toronto-Centre-Rosedale (1993 to 2007) and former Minister of both Foreign Affairs (January 2002 to July 2004) and National Defence (July 2004 to January 2006). He was the Leader of the Official Opposition (February 2006 to December 2006) and Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (February to December 2006). Mr. Graham is a former Chair of the The Atlantic Council of Canada (2007-2012).
Mr. Stephen Gregory, Operation Husky, 2013
The Hon. Michael D. Harris was a schoolteacher, a School Board Trustee and Chair, and an entrepreneur in the Nipissing area. He was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981. On June 8, 1995 Mike Harris became the twenty-second Premier of Ontario following a landslide election victory. His plan — the Common Sense Revolution — struck a chord with people across the province who were tired of big government, wasteful spending, rising welfare rolls and rising unemployment. In his first term, he proved that he was not afraid to make tough choices needed to put Ontario back on track. Four years later, the voters of Ontario re-elected Mike Harris and his team — making him the first Ontario Premier in more than 30 years to form a second consecutive majority government. And Blueprint — Mike Harris’ 1999 plan to keep Ontario on the right track — ensured that Ontario continued to grow and compete in the global marketplace. After leaving office in 2002, Mr. Harris formed his own consulting firm. As President of Steane Consulting Ltd., Mr. Harris serves as an advisor to numerous Canadian companies including Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where he currently serves as Senior Business Advisor. Mr. Harris is a Director on several public and private boards. He served as Chairman of Magna International Inc. until May 2012. His current public board directorships include Chartwell Retirement Residences (Chair of the Board of Trustees); Canaccord Financial (Chair of the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee); Element Financial; FirstService Corporation (Member of the Executive Compensation Committee); and Route1 (Chairman of the Board). Mr. Harris also serves on the Advisory Boards of several Private Equity Funds including EnerTech Capital, Beringer Capital and Sterling Financial Group. As well, Mr. Harris is a Director for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and is a Senior Fellow with The Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic, social research and education organization.
Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Rod Hoffmeister, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada was born in Vancouver and became involved with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada as a cadet.He raduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Resource Economics and worked in various management positions in the BC Forest Industry in manufacturing, sales, and marketing capacities. Rod currently owns and operates a Business Development Consultancy, R.H. Forest Products Ltd with a focus on bio-energy. In this capacity he was recently appointed Vice-President, Sales & Logistics, Nations Energy Corporation. Rod participates in many community activities including: Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, President, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Regimental Association, member Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Patrons Corps Executive, member, Canada Company, former board member, UBC Alumni Association, member, UBC Rowing Gold for Life Committee and member, Capilano University School of Business Advisory board.
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C. has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B.Comm. and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He went on to recieve his LL.M. and Dip. Int’l L. from Cambridge University. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He successively served as Vice-President Internal Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Vice-President and Provocost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and currently serves as Conduct Review Advisor for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tim Hortons Inc. and of the Advisory Board of General Motors of Canada. He recently completed a six year term as Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. He has also acted for the Federal Government and the Ontario Government on major matters involving alleged terrorists, aboriginal people, Afghan detainees, and other issues. He has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles and commentaries on a variety of legal and other subjects and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including honourary degrees in Canada and Italy, and his election as an Honourary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 2005 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from UBC Law Alumni Association and in 2006 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from UBC Alumni Association. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in July, 2007, and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.
The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman, Educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto; University of Toronto Schools; University of Toronto, B.A. 1953; LL.B. 1956; London School of Economics. Director, E-L Financial Corporation Limited; Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and The Empire Life Insurance Company; Director, Economic Investment Trust Limited; Fulcrum Investment Company; Algoma Central Corporation; United Corporations Limited; President, Canadian & Foreign Securities Company Limited; The Debenture and Securities Corporation of Canada Limited; Dominion and Anglo Investment Corporation Limited. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 1991-1997; Chancellor, University of Toronto 1997-2003; Visitor, Massey College 2003 – ; Executive Assistant to the Minister of Public Works Canada and Minister in Charge of Central Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Ottawa 1959-1961; President, Rosedale Riding Progressive Conservative Association 1963-65 and Progressive Conservative Businessmen’s Club Metropolitan Toronto 1968-70; former candidate for House of Commons, Rosedale Riding; currently Chairman of the Hal Jackman Foundation; Vice-Chairman, The Council for Business & the Arts in Canada 1996. Honors & Distinctions: LL.D. (honoris causa) University of Windsor 1991; University of Toronto 1993; Royal Military College of Canada 1994; Brock University 1995; York University 1996; Assumption University 1996; Queen’s University 1997; McMaster University 2000; LL.D. (jure dignatis): University of Western Ontario 1993; LL.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters) Victoria University, 2011; Hon. Colonel, Governor General’s Horse Guards, 1992; Member, Order of Canada 1991, Officer 2000; recipient, University of Toronto Faculty of Management Distinguished Business Alumni (DBA) Award 1992; B’nai Brith Foundation Award of Merit 1994; Philanthropist of the Year Award, National Society of Fundraising Executives 1995; Negev Dinner Honoree, Jewish National Fund 1996; “Human Relations Award”, Canadian Council of Christians & Jews 2000; Member, Order of Ontario 1998; recipient, Canadian Forces Decoration 2000; inducted into Canadian Business Hall of Fame 2002; recipient, Learning Partnership Award of Merit 2006; Recipient of the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Contribution to the Arts, 2008; Recipient of the Faculty of Law Distinguished Graduate Award, 2009.
The Honourable Vim Kochhar
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence graduated with an arts degree from Acadia University in 1987, he studied law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991. With strong family ties to the local area, he returned to New Glasgow to open a private law practice specializing in criminal and family law. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. MacKay was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1997. He was re-elected in his northern Nova Scotia constituency in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. On May 18th, 2011, Mr. MacKay was reappointed as Minister of National Defence. Mr. MacKay also serves as Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. In his first five years in the House of Commons, he served as House Leader for the Progressive Conservative caucus. On May 31, 2003, Mr. MacKay was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In March 2004, following the unification of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance Party, he was named Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. MacKay served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. He has served on several volunteer boards, including New Leaf and Tearmann House as well as being active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club and the YMCA.
The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain received her early education in public and private schools in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in History from Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has been presented with Honorary Degrees from a number of prominent Canadian universities. Throughout her career, Mrs. McCain has been active in organizations that promote education, music and the arts at the provincial and national levels. She was a member of the Mount Allison University Board of Regents from 1974-1994 and served as Chancellor of the University from 1986-1994. She is a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation in New Brunswick which is devoted to the elimination of family violence through public education and research. Mrs McCain chaired its capital campaign to endow a Family Violence Research Centre in partnership with the University of New Brunswick. On April 28, 1994, Margaret Norrie McCain was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New Brunswick – the first female to hold this position. She served in that role until April, 1997. Margaret McCain was a member of the Board of the National Ballet School for 18 years serving as Board Chair from 1998 to 2000. She then went on the Chair the Schools successful $100 million fund raising campaign. She is currently Chair of the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation. The mission of this Foundation is to champion effective early childhood programmes across Canada; programmes that provide equal opportunities for all children, align with the school system and operate within a provincial or territorial framework. Margaret McCain also serves on the Board of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Canadian Institute for Child Study.
John McDermott is an international recording star and household name – known as much for his successful musical career as for his commitment to veterans’ causes. He has been nominated for a number of Juno awards and received the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award for his support for veterans’ causes. Last year John was honoured with the Ted Williams Globe and Anchor Award by the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Society. In 2010 John also received a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for his work with veterans including his foundation McDermott House Canada, which is committed to creating an improved quality of care in the final stages of a terminal illness, coupled with a warm, welcoming place to stay in Canada for veterans, military, first responders and their families. He has currently released two albums, My Gentle Harp: A Tribute to Thomas Moore (writer of The Minstrel Boy, among others) and a collaboration album with longtime friend and musical director, Jason Fowler titled The Old House, which has the two recording songs that have inspired them throughout their careers, including traditional favourites such as The Cliffs of Dooneen, Wild Mountain Thyme, Red is the Rose and the hilarious I’m My Own Grandpa. John celebrates the 20th anniversary of his musical career. His first album, Danny Boy, garnered strong sales in the U.S. and Canada and reached number one in New Zealand. This success, won through a tireless touring schedule, led to his participation in the PBS phenomenon, The Irish Tenors. John has gone on to record numerous albums, including Journeys. This extremely moving album includes songs such as “The Dreamer” and “The Gift of Years,” both written by renowned songwriter Eric Bogle. Proceeds of the sales went to McDermott House Canada.
H.E. Peter McGovern, Ambassador of Canada to Italy, began his diplomatic career with the Department of External Affairs in 1982. In Ottawa, Mr. McGovern has held assignments as Director of the Team Canada Division, Director General of the United States and Mexico Commercial Relations Bureau, Director General of both the Asia and the Latin America bureaus, Executive Director for Critical Incidents and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Summits Management Office. Abroad, Mr. McGovern has served in Tunis, Tripoli, Brussels (at Canada’s NATO mission) and Paris (with Canada’s delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). He also served as Consul General in Milan, Italy, from 2001 to 2005. Most recently, Mr. McGovern was Assistant Deputy Minister for investment, innovation, business development and Asia, as well as the Chief Trade Commissioner. Mr. McGovern was also the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Concurrently, Mr. McGovern served as a member of the boards of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Trade Facilitation Office, as well as being a member of the Canadian National Committee for EUREKA. Mr. McGovern was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University and Birkbeck College, University of London.
The Honourable Michael A. Meighen, Q.C. , is a Canadian senator (retired), lawyer and philanthropist. A graduate of McGill University and Université Laval (cum laude), he has practiced litigation and commercial law in both Montreal and Toronto. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1990 representing Ontario, where he chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. He also served on the National Security and Defence Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. He was a member of the Special Joint Committee on Canada’s Defence Policy (1994) and the Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada. From 1985 to 1987, he acted as Co-legal Counsel on the Deschênes Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals. Michael Meighen is counsel to the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, an emeritus member of the McGill University Board of Governors, Director of the Peter Cundill Foundation, Sentry Select Capital Corp., and J.C. Clark Ltd. of Toronto. In January 2007, Meighen was appointed as a Commissioner of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park by the Canadian Government. He and his wife, Kelly Meighen (née Dillon), are both past Chairs of the Stratford Festival. In 2004, he was elected Canadian Chair of the Atlantic Salmon Federation which promotes conservation efforts. He is current Chair of the T. R. Meighen Family Foundation and Chancellor of the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University and McGill University.
Hon. Colonel John B Newman , 48th Highlanders of Canada
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Hari Panday, CGA, ICD.D is a seasoned executive and a corporate director with over 35 years in senior executive roles with CICI Bank Canada as its founding-President & CEO and member of the Bank’s Board, HSBC Bank Canada, Bank of Montreal and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He led the team that secured the bank license for ICICI Bank Canada and built an asset base of $ 4 Bn within five years of its inception. Similarly, he led the formation of ICICI Group’s North American wealth management, private equity and securities business with operations in Toronto, New York and Princeton, NJ. Currently, he owns PanVest Capital Corporation, engaged in the distributing prospectus-exempt securities and corporate finance businesses. In addition, he serves on the corporate boards of Pro-Demnity Insurance Company and the Bank of India (Canada), the Canadian subsidiary of the Bank of India, currently in formation. He is the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, 32 Service Battalion, and an independent member of the boards of: Canadian Forces College Foundation, the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ontario Chapter), the Board of Governors of The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall and Invest Toronto. Previously, he has been a President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, The Harbourfront Centre and a Trustee of The Royal Ontario Museum. Mr. Panday frequently shares his knowledge at business and law schools, the Canadian Forces College, and has appeared before the Senate of Canada and think-tank forums like the Conference Board of Canada and The Empire Club to provide his perspectives on corporate governance, human resource issues, corporate social responsibility, leadership, and international trade and investment flows, with particular focus on India. In 2012, he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In June 2009, he received the Corporate Executive of the Year Award from Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, India Abroad named him in its PowerList of 35 most influential Indo-Canadians.
Honourable David R. Peterson, P.C., Q.C. O.Ont., C.St.J., C.L.H., D.U., L.L.D. is Chairman of the law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he practises corporate/commercial law. Mr. Peterson is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Toronto, a director of St. Michael’s Hospital and was Chairman of the successful Toronto Bid for 2015 Pan Am Games. He is a director of a number of public and private companies including Rogers Communications Inc., Franco-Nevada Corporation and Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and was the Founding Chairman of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club Inc. and Chapters Inc. Mr. Peterson is or was director or active with a number of charitable, educational and environmental organizations including the Shaw Festival, the Ontario March of Dimes, the Ontario Canada Day Committee, Canadian Club, Cercle Canadien, Council for Canadian Unity, Young President’s Organization, World President’s Organization, the Society for Educational Visits & Exchanges in Canada, Frontier College, Peter Lougheed Medical Research Foundation, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Magnetic True North Theatre, West Park Health Centre and Toronto Abuse Centre as well as being on the Advisory Board of the Coady International Institute and the Steering Committee of the Toronto City Summit Alliance. He was chairman of the Commonwealth Team observing the 1992 elections in Guyana. He was chief federal negotiator for the devolution of the Northwest Territories and has worked on a number of important negotiations with the First Nations. He was an adjunct professor at York University, a fellow of McLaughlin College and Executive-in-Residence at Rotman School of Management and a senior fellow of Massey College. He speaks often on national and international issues, as well as being a frequent commentator on television. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto and studied at the University of Caen, France. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1969 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1980 and was summoned by Her Majesty to the Privy Council in 1992. Mr. Peterson has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, the University of Tel Aviv and the American University of the Caribbean. In 1994 the government of France appointed him a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France. In 1995 the International Assembly of French-Speaking Parliamentarians presented him with the Ordre de la Pléiade. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2009. In 1975 he was elected as a Member of the Ontario Legislature, and became the leader of the Ontario Liberal party in 1982. He served as Premier of the Province between 1985 and 1990, overseeing a very active period of reform and playing a major role in the country’s constitutional discussions.
Honorary Colonel Gary D. Reamey, The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin & Halton Regiment), moved to Canada in 1994 to start the Canadian operations for Edward Jones. Today Edward Jones has over 1,500 employees in Canada and over 600 financial advisors in 575 offices, serving 350,000 Canadian investors. Edward Jones offices stretch from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. Canadian headquarters are in Mississauga. He was one of the early members of Canada Company and participates actively in support of our Canadian military veterans and their families. In March 2011, he was appointed by the Minister of Defense as the Honorary Colonel for The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin & Halton Regiments). He enjoys his role with the regiment and continues to look for new ways to support his regimental troops and connect his regiment with the communities they serve. In 2012 Gary visited Canadian troops in and around Kabul, Afghanistan and was the first Honorary Colonel to challenge the Canadian Army’s Basic Parachute Training program. In 2012 Gary received The Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his philanthropic work in Canada. He and his wife Joanne, also received the United Way of Peel Region’s “Community Builder Award” for leadership, innovation and impact in support of United Way over the last 18 years. Gary enjoys his charity work having served in the past on the United Way of Peel Board of Directors and chaired for three years, the United Way Major Individual Gifts campaign. He currently serves on the boards of Jr. Achievement of Central Ontario and Wabash College. Gary and his wife Joanne believe in giving back to their community. The organizations they actively support include: United Way of Peel, Gilda’s Club of Toronto, Ron White Foundation, Sick Kids Foundation and the Canadian Film Centre. Gary is currently the Chairman and CEO of Reamey Partners LTD, a real estate holding company.
Colonel(H) Michael D. Scott CM, CD has over 30 years of experience in the logistics industry and has led 3 trade missions to China. He has volunteered countless volunteer hours working with youth and in post-secondary education. In November 2000 Mr. Scott was appointed to the position of President & CEO of PBB with responsibility for more than 1,000 employees, 80 branch offices and $200 million in annual sales. During his tenure he took the company public in May 2002. Mr. Scott held the position of CEO until his retirement in March of 2005. In the fall of 2000 Mr. Scott organized and led the first trade mission to China ever organized by a private company. Mr. Scott again led trade missions to China in 2001 and 2002. Through trade missions, speaking engagements, personal mentoring and the authoring of magazine articles Mr. Scott has assisted a significant number of companies to do business successfully in China. In recognition of his efforts to foster trade between China and Canada Mr. Scott was made an Honorary Professor of Guanxi University in April 2001. He is the first Canadian to receive this honour. Mike also spent 8 years as an officer in the Canadian Army Reserve and in 2004 was appointed to the position of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Hastings & Prince Regiment. He was promoted to Honorary Colonel of the Regiment in May of 2007. He completed his term in 2012. He currently sits on the regimental senate of the 48th Highlanders of Canada and on the 48th Highlanders Regimental Trust. Undoubtedly one of the passions of his life is Scouting. Mr. Scott’s association with Scouts Canada has lasted over 40 years beginning as youth at the age 8 in Toronto. He was appointed National Commissioner in November, 2002. In May of 2003 with the passage of the new Governance Bylaw Mr. Scott became Scouts Canada’s first Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors. In 2008 he was appointed International Commissioner responsible for relations with the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). He is currently the Co-Chair of the 2019 World Jamboree. In 2007 Mike was presented with The Silver Wolf, Scouting’s highest honour for service to the movement. In October 2008 Mr. Scott was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada by Her Excellency, The Governor General. He has received the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
BGen (Ret’d) Garry S. Thomson CD graduated from high school in Kincardine and joined the Regular Officer Training Plan at Waterloo College, now Wilfred Laurier. He finished his degree years later. Garry Thomson was commissioned in The Royal Regiment of Canada in Toronto in 1963 and commanded the Regiment from 1976 to 1979. He commanded Toronto Militia District, now 32 Cdn Bde Group, from 1986 to 1988 and was ultimately Deputy Commander (and for 4 months Acting Commander) Land Force Central Area from 1992 to 1996. He currently is the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. His civilian career was primarily in life and disability insurance. He was a Vice President with Constellation Assurance and Prudential Group Assurance, and Assistant Vice President with Sun Life. He completed his career as General Manager, Operations, for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. General Thomson has belonged to a number of voluntary organizations. He is a past President of Fort York Branch, Royal Canadian Legion. He has been on the Board of Governors of Commissionaires Great Lakes for 28 years and is currently the First Vice-Chair. He has just completed 7 years as Producer of the Royal Canadian Military Institute’s annual Massed Military Band Spectacular. A current interest is to take adult and student groups to Europe to tour WWI and WWII battlefields.
Senator Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M. was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 22, 2008, and has served as chair of the National Security and Defence Committee, and as a member of the Foreign Affairs and the Veterans Affairs committees. She is an award-winning journalist with a long career in television – most recognized from her time at CTV, where she co-hosted Canada AM and later served at CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief. Ms. Wallin subsequently formed her own production company, Pamela Wallin Productions Inc. In 2001, she was appointed Canadian Consul General to New York. In 2007, Prime Minister Harper appointed Ms. Wallin to the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan. Ms. Wallin has remained active in public life. She is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Guelph and Honorary Colonel to the Royal Canadian Air Force.