RESPECT Banner: Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport
At the beginning of August, Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport became the first airport to display their RESPECT Banner. By joining the RESPECT Banner campaign, the airport will support the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ programs, including its PTSD program.
Canada Company member and Vice President, Operations, airport infrastructure and aviation development at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, Pierre-Paul Pharand, spearheaded the airport’s involvement in the RESPECT Banner campaign, and challenges other Canadian airports to join in supporting our men and women in uniform by displaying RESPECT Banners.
View their video here!
The Presence and Economic Impact of the Canadian Armed Forces in Quebec
On March 31st 2016 the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, in collaboration with Canada Company, hosted an event to help educate the members of the SME business community on how to conduct business with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as well as how to become an Employer Partner and begin hiring transitioning military and Reserves with Canada Company’s Military Employment Transition (MET) program.
The agenda included a seminar on public procurement and a presentation by BGen Stéphane Lafaut, Commander of 2 Cdn Div, who discussed the CAF economic footprint in Quebec. This presentation was followed by a Q&A discussion that was moderated by Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and featured Charles Bouchard, CEO, Lockheed Martin Canada and BGen Stéphane Lafaut.
On October 21, Canada Company Quebec Chapter hosted its first ever Annual Luncheon at the Officer’s Mess, 2nd Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery in Montreal. Brigadier General Stephane Lafaut was warmly welcomed, by over 80 attendees, as the keynote speaker and shared news of the 2nd Division and its role in support of our overseas missions.
Steve Gregory was honoured to receive a 2 DIV Commander's Commendation for his outstanding work.
After many years of loyal service as the Quebec Chapter President, Steve Gregory announced he was stepping down and was pleased to hand over the Chapter to François Joyet, who was warmly welcomed as the new Quebec Chapter President. François looks forward to meeting each and every Quebec Chapter member in the coming months.
Canada Company members from the Quebec chapter were proud to attend the biennial fundraiser Criee d'automne at Valcartier on October 24th. This fundraiser received a major boost from a Canada Company donation of $50,000. These funds will benefit the Valcartier Family Center and will finance the services given to military families.
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, spoke at the event and shared his gratitude for Canada Company’s support for the Valcartier Family Centre, our funding of a special program for military children and of our new pilot project on employment support for military spouses.
Canada Company at Valcartier
Canada Company Chapter President Francois Joyet was invited by BGen Lafaut to Valcartier on July 14, 2015 to conduct a presentation about Canada Company to over 1100 Regular Force and Reservists. The presentation highlighted the support Canada Company has provided the Canadian Armed Forces members nationally with a special emphasis on providing funding for summer camps for kids, the Canada Company Scholarship Fund, which has awarded over $300,000 to children of the Fallen and the Military Employment Transition (MET) program.
The Walk for Remembrance and Peace
Four deserving members of the Canadian Armed Forces joined a contingent of Canada Company members and supporters on the first "The Walk for Remembrance and Peace" in Sicily. Over a 10 day period these troops visited battlefield sites, monuments and cemeteries connecting them with the sacrifice of their units during the Sicilian and Italian campaigns in 1943 and 1944.
They walked over 200K at times along the original paths taken by our soldiers in WWII.
They participated in over a dozen ceremonies with local civilians and Italian military to honour the sacrifice of those on all sides.
The group assisted in the unveiling of a new monuments to Canadians at Torrice, Italy. Two more Sicilian towns announced plans to honour Canadians with monuments which will be ready before the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Sicily in 2018.
The activity was sponsored by Canada Company and the 3rd Battery Montreal Artillery. Ian Murray and Terry Short of Mortgage Centre Canada generously sponsored the flights of the soldiers and piper.
Con Forza 2015
On Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, Six Flags LaRonde played host to a Military Family Day to celebrate the Canadian Military. The day included dignitaries, such as Brigadier-General Stephane Lafaut, Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division and JTF (East), and demonstrations by all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces. Tribute was paid to our soldiers and their families, with festivities culminating in a concert featuring the Musique du Royal 22e Regiment, and a spectacular fireworks presentation. The day was a great success, despite the occasional rain shower, and over 3000 Canada Company caps and t-shirts were distributed to the families in attendance.
Con Forza Fundraiser
On April 23, 2015, Canada Company Quebec Chapter held the Con Forza fundraiser at the 2nd Field Regiment in Montreal. Over 60 members and friends were in attendance to meet BGen Luis De Sousa, deputy Commander of the 2nd Division.
The Armoury of the 2nd Field Regiment was dressed-up with a giant 15'x12' RESPECT banner from the fall poppy campaign last year. Col Richard Garon delivered a passionate presentation in honour of the 100th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Ypres, in which the forefathers of the 2nd Field Regiment fought so valiantly.
Nathalie Drake and Dwayne Cormier of the MET program were on hand and worked the room with Col Marc Richard, our partner at the CFLC. Also present were our partners Treble Victor's Branch President Benoit Suire and former Commander of the RMR John Shone. The evening raised over $15,000 in support of the First Annual Con Forza family day to be held this July 1st at the La Ronde amusement park. Six Flags, the owner of the park is offering 50% discounts and free lunches to 5,000 service people and their families for the event.
Photo shows Stephanie Treherne one of two winners of the raffle to fire the "big gun".
Restoration of the Pontecorvo Gun
Canada Company member Jacques Borne and his son Rik, joined Steve Gregory with Gilles Aubé Co-Founder of the 3rd Battery of Montreal Artillery (3BAM) traveled to Pontecorvo Italy during the week of April 13th. The 3BAM, a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting veterans and cadets of the 2nd Field Regiment, brought significant expertise to the restoration project. Tires were generously donated by Ralph and Andy Chiodo of Active Green and Ross, while the paint was supplied by Jean Mayrand of International Paint. Grant Furholter of the RMR worked tirelessly to manage the overseas shipping and even managed to get the tires sent over by Air Canada Cargo at no cost. We are very grateful for this generosity.
The Pontecorvo Gun is significant as this town where the 1st Canadian Infantry Division broke the Hitler Line on May 24th, 1944. Veterans Affairs which provided approximately one third of the funding for the project will be happy to hear that in recognition of the Canadian investment, the town will be rebuilding the piazza in which the Gun sits, complete with new lighting and security cameras.
Vimy Movie Night
April 9th, on the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canada Company in partnership with the Royal Regiment of Montreal (RMR) hosted a movie night. Over 60 business and community leaders and 100 serving soldiers and veterans packed the Cineplex Odeon theater that night. Honorary Colonel and Canada Company member Colin Robinson conducted a brief introduction setting up the viewing of the NFB's famous documentary and Chris Sweeney also a Canada Company member and head of the Vimy Foundation outlined plans for the creation of the Vimy Ridge visitors center which will open in 2017. Enthusiastic feedback from the event will ensure that the evening is an annual tradition.
Canada Company members launch Corporate Poppy on Trans-Canada Highway
Members of Canada Company have launched a campaign to have Corporate Canada display the Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trade Mark banners on their buildings just as citizens wear the poppy on their lapels. This initiative began in Quebec by Chapter President Steve Gregory and members Doug Bellevue and Maj Richard Gratton along the Trans-Canada highway and there are now over 40 banners unfurled in support of our military and our veterans. Read the Press Release here. To learn how your company can participate by displaying a banner call email Steve Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org
Valcartier Family Centre Childhood Services
During their visit to Valcartier, members of Canada Company offered the Valcartier Family Centre a donation of $50,000 for its services to children. This important contribution will enable the VFC to enhance its intervention services to children, particularly in integrating children having adjustment problems, and promoting parenting skills. Read more
(L) to (R) David Sepulchre, Steve Gregory, Céline Thomas, Fundraising
Coordinator, François Joyet
Heroes Park Inauguration
Governor General David Johnston inaugurated Heroes Park in Beaconsfield on Wednesday October 15, 2014 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Canada Company Montreal Chapter President Steve Gregory was in attendance with Canada Company member Richard Gratton who has been instrumental in making this park a reality. This new park honours members of the Canadian Armed Forces, police officers, firefighters and first responders.
Last Post Fund
Valcartier Family Centre
The Valcartier Family Centre (CFV) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our military families. Children are the first to experience these impacts caused by the instability of the military lifestyle. It is essential to provide support contributing to their development in these perpetual changes to ensure their futures.
During the 2013-2014 year, Canada Company is proud to have contributed to the following programs;
* Youth mental health prevention that develops a range of activities to prepare to become a good citizen and develop entrepreneurial
* Educator who intervenes at various levels from children as parents to help them through the difficult times of this constant instability what military life
As is our motto Canada Company; Many Ways to Serve!
4,861 children's visits in 2013-2014
Cheque Presentation at Valcartier
On Monday July 14, 2014 Canada Company members were able to present a cheque for $16,000 at the Valcartier Community Centre to PSP (Personnel Support Programs) staff and children. These funds are dedicated to assist in providing special support workers necessary for children of military personnel who need extra attention and support while they attend camp. Without the financial support provided by Canada Company members these children would not be able to attend camp with their peers.
Heroes Park Fundraiser
Canada Company members in Quebec met on March 27th at Montreal Hockey Talk to watch a Habs game and raise money for the new Cenoptaph being built in Beaconsfield Quebec. The Heroes Park initiative is led by Major Richard Gratton, a huge supporter of Canada Company events. Molson, Subway and Le Muscadin were sponsors. In addition to a cheque for $6,250 generously donated to Canada Company by the RMR Association (Branch 14) Royal Canadian Legion from its 2013 Poppy Fund (The Legion cheque funds were donated to support the MET program), the group raised over $5,000 for the Park while enjoying the Habs win over Detroit!
(L) to (R) Sue Guerin, Toby Glickman, HLCol Colin Robinson, Steve Gregory, Tom Stibernik, Mike Fitzgerald
Canada Company Remembrance Dinner
The Cote-des-Neiges Armoury played host to an evening of remembrance, discussion and fine dining organized by Canada Company’s Quebec Chapter. Hors d'oeuvres, Prosecco and some live jazz were on hand before the meal as guests were invited to tour information stations, offering insight into the work of Canada Company on behalf of Canadian Armed Forces members as well as the story of the 20 day remembrance campaign in Sicily this past summer.
Steve Gregory, President of the Quebec Chapter of Canada Company spoke about the incredible experience promoting remembrance in Sicily. With the help of LCol (ret) Colin Robinson, he introduced and made excellent presentations to several of the tour’s participants who were able to make it to the dinner.
The guest of Honour, BGen Lanthier, gave a fascinating discourse on management within the Canadian Armed Forces. Particular emphasis was placed on the challenges of tracking and supporting personnel with Operational Stress Injury, symptoms of which may only appear 5 or 6 years after deployment. This led to a lively question and answer period during which BGen Lanthier was able to illustrate many of the problems and potential solutions moving forward.
After the meal, guests were invited outside to witness the spectacular firing of the 3BAM gun. A special thanks goes out to the event’s sponsors, West Jet and Via Rail. West Jet’s Caring For Communities program supplied a pair of return tickets to anywhere West Jet flies for a raffle that raised $5,000 towards Canada Company’s charitable initiatives.
Glowing Hearts Events Benefit Initiatives including Operation Husky
Events took place in Vancouver (Tue Oct 16), Toronto (Thu Oct 25) and Montreal (Wed Nov 7) to support continual funding of Canada Company initiatives including a very special project to commemorate the 70th anniversary of OPERATION HUSKY, July 2013, in Sicily (Italy) being led by Steve Gregory (QC Chapter President).
The Vancouver event was held at the “Drill Hall” of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) on Tuesday Oct 16 2012 with over $19K raised by the 130 people in attendance. Special guest speakers included Stephen Gregory, Executive Committee Member of Canada Company, Founder of Operation Husky 2013, and President of IsaiX Technologies Inc.; HLCOL Rod Hoffmeister, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Member of Canada Company and HCOL Donald Hewson, President of Canada Company, British Columbia and Honorary Colonel of 19 Wing Comox.
180 people gathered at Moss Park Armoury/Officers’ Mess of the 48th Highlanders of Canada on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 and raised over $45K at the Toronto event. Special guest speakers included Stephen Gregory; MGen John C. Collin, Commander, 1st Canadian Division; Ms. Eve Adams, Veterans Affairs Parliamentary Secretary in the House of Commons; and Alex Jurshevski, Executive Committee Member of Canada Company, Managing Partner, Recovery Partners.
The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, was on hand to deliver a welcoming address at the Montreal event that was held Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. "Operation Husky 2013 will make sure that this tale of valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten," said MacKay. Read and see more at this link from CTVMontreal.With over 450 attendees, the event was proud to raise over $75,000 in additional funds to support Canada Company and the special Operation Husky Project. For more information about supporting Operation Husky 2013 please visit www.operationhusky2013.ca.A special thank you to our Honorary Chairman Thomas Dyck, Executive Vice-President of TD Canada Trust, TD Bank Group.
On Tuesday November 8, 2011 Les Fleurons Glorieux was held at Montréal's Windsor Station as a celebration of thanks to the members of our Canadian Forces who have reached the end of a long combat mission in Afghanistan.
The final rotation, comprised of troops primarily from Quebec, were honoured during this very special evening that included·over 700 guests who dined and danced amongst political dignitaries and Quebec vedettes (including Jonas, Ben Mulroney, Caroline Néron, Guy Lafleur, Joannie Rochette and Alexandre Bilodeau). There was also a special taped tribute from Celine Dion.
Special recognition goes to Quebec Chapter President Steve Gregory, and Fleurons Glorieux Honorary Co-Chairs Paul Desmaris Jr., Pierre Beaudoin, Marc Parent and Louis Vachon. Event proceeds will help support Canada Company Scholarships, Summer Camps for children of Canadian Forces Personnel and other events and activities that support Canadian Military Families.
Westmount Moving Golf Classic raises funds for Tour de Force
On Friday August 19th 2011, Joe Gagnon, President of Westmount Moving, hosted the Westmount Moving Golf Classic at the·Caughnawaga Golf Club.·The event was held to raise funds to support five riders from Westmount Moving who participated in the “2011 Tour de Force” ride from Toronto to Montreal.
$16,000 Raised in support of Tour de Force
On July 30th 2011, the Compuset Foundation annual fundraising dinner which accompanies the Golf Tournament raised $16,000 for Tour de Force and Canada Company. The event featured food from local restaurants and delightful live-music. Kevin Cross, the owner of Compuset, a Montreal-based printer with a generous track-record for fundraising, presented the cheque to BGen Richard Giguère, the new commander of land forces in Quebec (SQFT), on September 18th at the arrival ceremony of the Tour de Forces riders at the Montreal Garrison.
Canada Company has provided help to the military families served by the Valcartier Family Centre, through the Oasis Club, support groups for children living with deployment.
What is the Oasis Club?
A group of maximum 12 children between the ages of 3 and 12 that meets each week. These meetings give the children the opportunity to talk about their experiences while their parent is absent because of training, exercises or a mission.
What is the impact of these groups?
During a period of deployment, the services of support groups for children are essential. These groups help kids break out of their isolation, socialize with other children who are going through a similar situation, and acquire the tools they need to live with the absence of a loved one. Providing these services for children reduces the demand for individual or family intervention. It also offers parents a period of respite and a place to socialize, network, and break out of their own isolation while they wait for their children. Change often creates anxiety in children during a time when they need stability to increase their adaptability and confidence. Therefore, it is in the children’s best interest that we must continue to provide them with knowledgeable and dedicated personnel so that these support groups can continue.
The Results in Numbers
During the latest deployment from November 2010 to August 2011, VFC provided nine groups to a total of 113 children.
The Canada Company’s financial support of $20,000 allows the groups to continue up to the end of the current deployment in Afghanistan, between April 1st and August 31st, 2011.
The Valcartier Family Centre, on behalf of the military community, would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to The Canada Company for its generosity.