Under the honorary co-chairmanship of Mr. Stéphan Crétier, Founder, President and CEO of Garda World, and of Mr. Luc Ouellet, Managing Director, Investment Banking of TD Securities, the third annual edition of La Grande Soirée Fondation Vimy was a resounding success.

La Grande Soirée Fondation Vimy 2014 raised more than $150,000, a record for this charity event in Montreal. Over two hundred representatives from the business world and military, education, arts and cultural communities attended the June 17th event at McGill University’s historic Redpath Hall.

La Grande Soirée Fondation Vimy 2014 was presented to raise funds for the Vimy Foundation’s important youth education programs. These programs reach close to 18,000 Canadian youth across the country and benefit 200 exceptional high school students annually. One such program, the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, recognizes exemplary young Canadians for their distinguished service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery, and leadership.

As a result of this annual fundraising event, the Vimy Foundation aims to further develop these programs which will allow a greater number of high school students to participate. As the foundation strives to preserve and promote the Canadian legacy of the First World War, funds raised will also go towards commemoration projects for the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy ridge. The victory in April 1917 symbolizes an event in history which was the first major moment when Canada identified itself as a nation and was recognized internationally.

As the centennial anniversary of Vimy Ridge approaches, the foundation will play a leading role in building a state-of-the-art Education Centre to be unveiled on April 9, 2017 on grounds adjacent to the Vimy Memorial in France. The Government of Canada has committed $5 million to the project, and the Vimy Foundation aims to raise an additional $10–15 million.


On Monday 11 December 2012, the Vimy Foundation held a Diamond Jubilee medal ceremony at the offices of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation in Montreal.

2012 marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michel Maisonneuve awarded the medals to the 11 recipients that provided early and critical assistance to the Foundation

The recepients were:

David Breckenridge

Hugh Cowans

Stéphan Crétier

Hal Hanaford

Stuart Iversen

Will Mitchell

Brenda Norris

Andrew Powell

Vincent Prager

Christopher Shannon

William Stavert

Congratulations to all of them.