Vimy Award

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The CDA Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. James A Boutilier has been selected as the recipient of the Vimy Award for 2016. This prestigious award is presented annually to one prominent Canadian who has made outstanding contributions towards the security and defence of Canada and the preservation of our democratic values. The Award honours the bravery and sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers who were victorious at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

Dr. James Boutilier is the Special Advisor, International Engagement, at Canada’s Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Esquimalt, British Columbia. He is currently responsible for advising the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific on matters of security, defence and foreign policy, and his in-​depth expertise of the Asia-​Pacific region has been highly sought after for over half century. Prior to his appointment at MARPAC, Dr. Boutilier spent twenty-​four years on staff at the Royal Roads Military College in Victoria as Head of the History Department and then as Dean of Arts. He is also an adjunct professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria and the President of the Maritime Awards Society of Canada.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Boutilier attended Dalhousie University (BA History: 1960), McMaster University (MA History: 1962), and the University of London (PhD History: 1969). Dr. Boutilier served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve from 1956 to 1964 as a navigating officer and in the same capacity in the Royal Navy Reserve from 1964 to 1969. After completing his time with the RN, Dr. Boutilier taught at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, from 1969 to 1971.

Dr. Boutilier’s field of expertise is Asia-​Pacific security and defence, particularly with regards to maritime issues. He is widely published on international security and defence matters, and lectures frequently at the NATO Defense College, the Canadian Forces College and the Australian Defence College. Dr. Boutilier participates in and promotes the coordination of community events and public fora that raise the general awareness of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces and the entire Canadian Security and Defence community, both in Canada and abroad.

Recipients of the Vimy Award include eminent Canadians, from a wide variety of backgrounds. The complete list of the recipients for the first 26 years of the Vimy Award (listed in chronological order and with their title/​rank – serving or retired – when they received the award) is as follows:

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark
General John de Chastelain
Major-​General Lewis MacKenzie
Major-​General William Howard
Major-​General Roméo Dallaire
Dr. Jack Granatstein
The Rt. Hon. Brian Dickson
Vice-​Admiral Larry Murray
Lieutenant-​General Charles H. Belzile
The Hon. Barnett Danson
Air Commodore Leonard Birchall
Colonel, the Hon. John Fraser
General Paul Manson
Dr. David Bercuson
Mr. G. Hamilton Southam
Brigadier-​General David Fraser
General Raymond R. Henault
General Rick Hillier
Warrant Officer William MacDonald
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
Major-​General Jonathan Vance
Honorary Colonel Frederick Philip Mannix
Brigadier-​General W. Don Macnamara
Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring
The Hon. Hugh Segal
Dr. James Boutilier

The 2016 Vimy Award Selection Committee was composed of Major-​General Daniel Gosselin (Retired) as Chair and, as members, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, The Honorable Hugh Segal, General Jonathan Vance, Vice-​Admiral Denis Rouleau (Retired), Lieutenant-​General Charles Bouchard (Retired), Lieutenant-​General Michel Gauthier (Retired), Dr. Andrea Charron, Mme Louise Mercier, Mr. Grant McDonald, and Commodore Kelly Williams (Retired)

The award will be presented to Dr. Boutilier on Friday, 4 November, at a gala reception and dinner at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. For further information, please call the CDA and CDA Institute National Office at 1613-2369903.

To view a video of the Vimy Award Gala Dinner 2015, click here.

Please direct any other enquiries, including corporate sponsorship opportunities, to Cybèle Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the CDA and CDA Institute Chief Executive Officer, Tony Battista, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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