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Order of Military Merit Ceremony

March 3, 2017

Governor General to Invest 46 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and
Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 2 Commanders, 12 Officers and 32 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.


Media interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. They must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 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:

Melanie Primeau
Rideau Hall Press Office

For information on the recipients:

Department of National Defence
Media Liaison Office

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Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

11 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



Rear-Admiral Joseph Gilles Pierre Couturier, C.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Charles Adrien Lamarre, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff

Ottawa, Ontario


Brigadier-General Frances Jennifer Allen, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of Force Development

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Bryan Philip Baker, O.M.M., C.D.


1 Engineer Support Unit

Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph François Martin Barrette, O.M.M., C.D.

4 Health Services Group Headquarters

Montréal, Quebec

Colonel Jean André Simon Bernard, O.M.M., C.D.


Royal Military College Saint-Jean

Richelain, Quebec

Colonel Sébastien Bouchard, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

2 Canadian Division Support Group

Montréal, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel Jeannot Emmanuel Boucher, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Jean Marc Délisle, O.M.M., C.D.

21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Kaiser, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

1 Dental Unit

Ottawa, Ontario

Captain(N) Josée Kurtz, O.M.M., C.D.


Office of the Director Naval Personnel and Training

Ottawa, Ontario

Major Joseph Fernand Phillippe Leclerc, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force X

Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn Blair Luckhurst, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Warfare Centre

Ottawa, Ontario

Captain(N) Ronald Gerald Pumphrey, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.


Canadian Forces Intelligence Group Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario


Petty Officer 1st Class Gordon James Abthorpe, M.M.M., C.D.


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Kingston

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Sergeant Stephen Claude Joseph Bates, M.M.M., C.D.

413 Transport and Rescue Squadron

Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Necole Elizabeth Belanger, M.M.M., C.D.


Office of the Director General, Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Commander Jeffrey Biddiscombe, M.M.M., C.D.

31 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre

Borden, Ontario

Warrant Officer Shaun Gary Burdeyny, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Marc André Corriveau, M.M.M., C.D.

North American Aerospace Defense Command Headquarters

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

Warrant Officer Joseph Émile Armand Denis Cournoyer, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Military Police Academy

Borden, Ontario

Warrant Officer Marie Hélène Manon Desharnais, M.M.M., C.D.


Office of the Director General, Compensation and Benefits

Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Winston Wade Dominie, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Air Communications and Control Squadron

Astra, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer David Ellyatt, M.M.M., C.D.


4th Canadian Division Headquarters

Toronto, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Luc Emond, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

14 Wing Headquarters

Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Captain Gregory Charles Forsyth, M.M.M., C.D.


Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Vincent Ronald Gagnon, M.M.M., C.D.


Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

Richelain, Quebec

Sergeant Kim Marie Marguerite Gélinas, M.M.M., C.D.


2 Canadian Division Support Group Personnel Services

Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Mathieu Giard, M.M.M., C.D.


The Sherbrooke Hussars

Sherbrooke, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Gabor Joseph Kato, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jezella Kleininger, M.M.M., C.D.


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Guy Benoit Laliberté, M.M.M., C.D.


Office of the Director General Aerospace Equipment Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer James MacKenzie, M.M.M., C.D.

The Princess of Wales Regiment

Kingston, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Mark Douglas McLennan, M.M.M., C.D.


Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre

Borden, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Mercier, M.M.M., C.D.

Sea Training (Atlantic)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Major Marc-André Meunier, M.M.M., C.D.


2 Canadian Division Headquarters

Montréal, Quebec 

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Jordan Wilfred Morse, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary

Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Wayne Munn, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment

Kingston, Ontario

Petty Officer 1st Class Scott James Osborne, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Leonard Patterson, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Director General, Morale and Welfare Services

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Sergeant Monique Ryan, M.M.M., C.D.

412 Transport Squadron

Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Karen Saunders, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Kingston

Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer George Wayne Snider, M.M.M., C.D.

426 Transport Training Squadron

Astra, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Thomas Scott Thompson, M.M.M., C.D.

51 Aerospace Control and Warning Operational Training Squadron

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Warrant Officer Pamela Diane Tochor, M.M.M., C.D.

5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown Detachment Aldershot

Aldershot, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Kirby Graham Vincent, M.M.M., C.D.

4 Wing Logistics and Engineering

Cold Lake, Alberta

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.


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.

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