The CDA Institute is the sponsor of the Vimy Award. Since 1991, the Award recognizes one Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values. The award is named to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers who were victorious at the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Fighting together for the first time, the battle won by the four divisions of the Canadian Corps brought global recognition to the nation’s military. As a result, Canada, a young nation, took its place at the Council of nations. The award is presented at the Vimy Gala Reception and Dinner held each November at the Canadian War Museum.
The recipient of the 2013 Vimy Award is Brigadier-General (Ret’d) W. Don Macnamara.
Read the press release announcing the recipient.
Read remarks by Brigadier-General (Ret’d) W. Don Macnamara at the Vimy Award Dinner, held 8 November 2013 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) W. Don Macnamara
Following a 37-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces, Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Macnamara joined the faculty of the School of Business at Queen’s University. He was a Visiting Professor at the Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany, and in 1994 directed the start-up of the Queen’s University International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England. Later, he developed and directed a Public Executive Program for the Queen’s University School of Business and became the Director of the International Business Program for the University’s Executive MBA. In retirement, beginning in 1999, he continued as an Associate Adjunct Professor and taught part-time in the Commerce and EMBA programs at Queen’s. He was the Director and Associate Director of the Public Executive Program. He was also a Faculty Associate and Senior Fellow in the University’s Centre for International Relations. He has also taught on every Canadian Forces College Command and Staff Course since 1974.
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Macnamara was President of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, of which he was a founding member, and led the establishment of the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Centre. He is a former President of the CDA Institute. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada and a member of CDA Institute’s Board of Directors.