The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette

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Heralds Emeritus

The honorary position of Herald Emeritus is one to which a retired herald may be appointed in recognition of particular notable service to heraldry. On occasion, a Herald Emeritus can perform duties on behalf of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Outaouais Herald Emeritus
Auguste Vachon (2000- )
The green disc evokes the natural setting of the Outaouais region, and the three white shields with their bases pointing to the centre are significant in several ways. From a historical point of view, they refer to the tradition the Outaouais (a tribe of the Algonquin family) shared with the Ojibway and the Potawatomi that at one time these three groups had formed a single tribe. From a geographical point of view, they refer to the Ottawa River and the two other rivers of the National Capital Region (the Rideau River and the Gatineau River), which were the primary routes used by early explorers of this region. Finally, they represent in a general way the three great divisions of time: the past, the present, and the future.

Rideau Herald Emeritus
Robert D. Watt, L.V.O (2007- )
Gold and blue are the official colours of Rideau Hall. The vertical stripes evoke a waterfall or a curtain, and illustrate the origin of the name “Rideau” (curtain), which is the name the first French explorers in the 17th century gave to the falls at the mouth of the Rideau River.

Heralds Emeritus
Outaouais Herald

Auguste Vachon
(2000- )
Hull, Quebec
Rideau Herald Emeritus
Robert D. Watt, L.V.O.
(2007- )
North Vancouver,
British Columbia