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. The Commander of Canada is H.E. The Chevalier Dr. David A. Douglas GCJ.
H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ holds a PhD., in Archaeology. He is the current Regimental Liaison Officer for the Toronto Signals Band, an elected member of the Regimental Advisory Council and the Past-President, Jimmy and Associates, all affiliated with the 32 Signal Regiment Royal Canadian Corp of Signals and the Communications and Electronic Branch Canadian Armed Forces.
Among his many honors and awards H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ is a Freeman of the City of London (UK), an officer with the 78 Fraser Highlanders, an Honorary Colonel and Aid-de-camp to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a Major General, Knight of Honour and Grand Prefect of Canada of the Corps St Lazarus International (CSLI), a Knight in The Order of the Precious Blood and a Knight of The Order of St. George. He served as the ‘Canadian Regent’ of the Clan Douglas Society of North America and has arms granted by the office of the Governor General of Canada. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2017 was awarded the Sovereigns’ Medal for Volunteerism. He is also a Freemason and Shriner.
Before retirement he was National Sales and Marketing Manager, Simmons Canada, and won seven major national awards including the prestigious “Grand Trillium” for Marketing and Design Excellence. He is married to Dame Carol Goldman DJ, and has two sons.
H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ can be reached at email@example.com.
H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ succeeded the late H.E. The Chevalier M. Nugent Schneider GCJ. The previous Commander of Canada was 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.
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 Lt The Chevalier Sean Livingston 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.