In 2005 the Grand Chapter of The Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Saint Joachim established The Canadian Commandery to better serve its growing membership in that country. In 2020 H.E.  Lieutenant (N) the Chevalier Sean E. Livingston GCJ became the Commander of Canada.

H.E. Lieutenant (N) the Chevalier Sean E. Livingston GCJ, MStJ, CD, MSEd, Hon. BA, OCT, is a published author, reservist, and secondary history/law teacher. He has served over twenty-two years in the military, joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997, initially as Non-Commissioned Member. He’s served in both the Primary Naval Reserves and Cadet Organization Administration and Training Service, presently holding the rank of Lieutenant (Naval).

Over the years, H.E. Lieutenant (N) the Chevalier Livingston has championed preserving the memory of HMCS OAKVILLE, a Flower-Class Corvette that served with distinction in the Second World War. He also spearheaded the creation of a monument to honour Oakville’s naval history at Tannery Park, Oakville, which was unveiled on May 15, 2016. The Chevalier Lt (N) Livingston continues to promote Canada’s naval history, regularly doing presentations, museum exhibits, interviews, and other speaking engagements.

Teaching has always been a passion of his. He has been a teacher for over fifteen years, bringing his enthusiasm for history and law into the classroom.

H.E. Lt. (N) the Chevalier Livingston has been an avid volunteer in his community for over twenty years. Among the many organizations and initiatives he’s assisted with, he’s most notably worked with St. John Ambulance Halton Region (Chairman, Honours and Awards Chair, and Fundraising Chair) and the Naval Association of Canada Toronto Branch (Programming Chair and Vice President).

His involvement with the Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Saint Joachim began in 2006 and he was the first Canadian Naval Officer to be invested into the Order. In 2017 he was appointed Commander of the Canadian Sub-Commandery of Gore-Niagara, famous for its annual Trafalgar Dinner, regular Pub (K)nights, and newsletter: The Sword & Mantle.

In his spare time, H.E. Lt. (N) the Chevalier Livingston enjoys studying martial arts and swordsmanship (Japanese and European Medieval), playing guitar, camping, canoeing, sailing, and exercising. He can be reached at livingston@stjoachimorder.org.

H.E. Lt. (N) the Chevalier Livingston GCJ succeeds H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ as the fourth Commander of Canada. The previous Commanders of Canada were the late H.E. The Chevalier M. Nugent Schneider GCJ and before him H.E. The Chevalier Stephen Lautens GCJ, who now serves as Grand Master.

The Canadian Commandery is incorporated as a federal Canadian not-for-profit corporation and organizes and supports members of The Order of Saint Joachim in Canada. It also conducts in Canada the Ceremony of Admission and elevation to Knighthood. Its social schedule includes dinners and other events, including an annual charity wine or spirits tasting and Trafalgar Night dinner.

2019 Trafalgar Dinner – The Hamilton Club

The Canadian Commandery has the same mission and is committed to the same charitable objects as its parent body, The Order of Saint Joachim, namely:

  • the promotion of religious tolerance and understanding;
  • supporting orphans and children’s charities;
  • assisting the sick, aged and homeless; and,
  • the promotion of chivalric ideals in society.

In addition, the Canadian Commandery supports specifically Canadian charities and causes of its choice. In Canada the Order also works through its charitable arm, the Noble Hearts Foundation, a registered Canadian charity – Charitable Registration Number: 83471 3000 RR0001. As of the beginning of 2020, the Canadian Commandery and The Noble Hearts foundation has assisted in raising over $250,000 for local and international charities.

The Canadian Commandery also has a Gore-Niagara Sub-Commandery under  Capt. the Chevalier Jason Burgoin KCJ, serving members of the Order in southern Ontario, west of Toronto. The Gore-Niagara Sub-Commandery is famous for its annual Trafalgar Night Dinner, celebrating the hero of Trafalgar, and member of the Order of Saint Joachim, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

For additional information about the Canadian Commandery of The Order of Saint Joachim, including admission inquiries, please contact the Commander.