Messages from the Men and Women in Uniform

2014 Merchant Navy Veterans Day ceremony, located at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

(From Right: Colonel Paul Dittmann (representing the Royal Canadian Air Force), Bgen Karl McQuillan (representing the Canadian Army), Vice-Admiral Mark Norman (Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy), Mr. Bruce Ferguson, Merchant Navy Veteran, Senator Joseph A. Day (representing the Senate of Canada), and Mr. Royal Galipeau, MP for Orléans , and Chair, House of Commons Committee on Veterans Affairs, attending the 2014 Merchant Navy Veterans Day ceremony, located at the National War Memorial in Ottawa)

Since 1988, the Canadian Armed Forces have provided a critical support role to the Merchant Navy Commemorative Project (MNCTP), and to its affiliate project, the Sydney Harbour Fortifications Restoration Project (located in Sydney, Cape Breton, NS, Canada).

In 2002, Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and CEO, MNCTP, met Colonel (Ret’d) John Gardam. A man of many accomplishments, militarily and otherwise, Colonel Gardam’s dedication to the ideals of freedom and democracy were very inspirational indeed, and one of the main driving forces behind this initiative.

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On June 19, 2003, the Senate of Canada proclaimed September 3rd as the official day of remembrance for the Merchant Navy. 
Afterward, Colonel Gardam and Mr. Ouellette approached Vice-Admiral R.D. Buck, Chief of the Maritime Staff, Department of National Defence, to consider supporting our endeavour.

On December 3, 2003, Vice-Admiral Buck acknowledged the importance and scope of the Merchant Navy initiative, and established an historical precedent by ushering in a new era of co-operation between the Allied Merchant Navy, the American Merchant Marine and the Royal Canadian Navy.

To view the letter that changed the fate of the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies, please select:

Such was the significance of their contributions, that Mr. Ouellette appointed Colonel Gardam as an Honorary Governor to the MNCTP in 2008, and established the Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  On February 20, 2015, Mr. Ouellette presented Vice-Admiral Ron Buck, RCN (Ret’d) with the award (as a first time recipient), at the 2015 CDA/CDA Institute Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence.

For additional information, please select: Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Notable Quotes, Presentations, and Letters of Support:

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

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Vice-Admiral Philip Dean McFADDEN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

Vice-Admiral Philip Dean McFADDEN,
CMM, CD

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