On November 28, 2007, H.E. The Chevalier Stephen Lautens GCJ, B.A., J.D., was elected Grand Master of The Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Saint Joachim by a vote of Grand Chapter. He was formally installed as Grand Master on June 20, 2009, the 254th anniversary of the founding of The Order. He previously served as Coadjutor Grand Master of the Order to the late previous Grand Master, the Chevalier Helmut Braundle-Falkensee, and regent of the Order from his death in 2007 to his installation in 2009. H.E. The Chevalier Lautens is the first Grand Master of the Order from the New World.

Born in 1959, The Chevalier Lautens is a barrister and solicitor with an extensive background in communications and business. He is the Lord of the Manor of Prior's Hall, Lindsell, which is in Essex. This Manor has had only four previous owners - including New College, Oxford, and Edward III's Lord Chancellor - since it's creation in 1066 AD.

The Grand Master is a lawyer who was called to the Bar in 1988. He had his own litigation practice in Toronto for ten years where he appeared at all levels of court including the then Supreme Court of Ontario, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal. In 1997 he served as president of The Lawyers Club. Prior to the practice of law, H.E. The Chevalier Lautens worked for two years as a Special Assistant to a federal Cabinet Minister in Ottawa, Canada, which included work with the Prime Minister's Office.

He wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun for 16 years. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publications, including the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, and as a regular feature in The National Post, The London Free Press and Toronto Sun. He served two terms as president of the Toronto Press Club and served for seven years as a Governor of The National Newspaper Awards.

His charitable work includes having served as a public member of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. He is also past Vice President of the East Toronto unit of Canadian Cancer Society. The Grand Master devoted a year to assisting the Greater Toronto Community Clearinghouse, a registered charity that acts as an umbrella organization for a number of charitable ventures, including training the unemployed in computer repair and refurbishment and redeploying the computers to schools, low-income families and charities, sponsoring community-based social programs.

H.E. The Chevalier Lautens is Past President of Toronto's historic National Club, and previously served three non-consecutive terms as President of The Ontario Club. He served two terms as Worshipful Master (2000-2002) of Harry L. Martyn Lodge (AF&AM G.R.C. No. 696).

In 2008 he recieved the Freedom of the City of London (UK). He is a supporting member of the Officers' Mess of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louises's), and served on the board of the Canadian International Military Tattoo. He was made an Honourary Colonel and Aide de Camp to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2006. He is also a Grand Officier (GOTJ) of The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem and a Commander 1st Class of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. He was also awarded the Große Verdienstkreuz in silver of the Freundeskreis Hoch- und Deutschmeister and the Foundation Cross of the CSLI, where he holds the rank of major general. In 2013 he was presented with Honorary Royal Lao Airborne Wings on behalf of the General Staff and the CO of the 35th Mountain Regiment.

The Grand Master is an armiger, with personal arms granted by the Canadian Heraldic Authority of the office of the Governor General of Canada. His arms contain a coronet with crosses pattee, which alludes to his position as Grand Master of the Order of Saint Joachim. He is listed in the Canadian edition of Who’s Who. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteerism and community service.

H.E. The Chevalier Lautens earned a J.D. degree from Queen’s University Kingston and a history B.A. degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

He lives in Toronto, Canada, and is married to Rhea, a lawyer. They have one son, James.

The Grand Master may be reached at: grandmaster@stjoachimorder.org.


The Order's Grand Prior is His Excellency the Chevalier the Most Reverend Douglas Lewins GCJ. On completion of his education, Archbishop Lewins began his career in the Home Civil Service of the United Kingdom, subsequently serving in many capacities in a number of departments. His current secular employment is with the Metropolitan Police Authority, where he exercises oversight of the equalities and diversity performance of the Metropolitan Police Service.

His Excellency the Most Reverend Douglas Lewins GCJ was ordained to the priesthood in the Old Roman Catholic Church in 1986 and to the episcopate in 1991. He succeeded Archbishop Dennis St Pierre as the seventh archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain.

Archbishop Lewins has served as the Grand Prior of the Order of St Joachim for almost 20 years, with the rank of Knight Grand Commander. He was honoured by the late Grand Master His Excellency the Chevalier Helmut Bräundle-Falkensee GCJ, on a number of occasions. Archbishop Lewins lives in London, England, and is also a Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Ethiopian Order of St Mary of Zion.

The Grand Prior may be reached at: grandprior@stjoachimorder.org.

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His Excellency Dr. The Chevalier Prince William Alexander Basztyk GCJ has an extensive background in business and education. He is a retired professor from the faculty of business at George Brown College where he served in that position for more than 25 years. He is also the Chairman/CEO of Interprohealth Corp., a health care facility operator and the Glam Group of companies, a retail and property development group operating in both Canada and the USA.

The Chevalier Prince Basztyk was appointed as Honorary Consul for Canada for the Republic of Suriname in 1996 and continues to serve in that position.

He is dedicated to lifelong learning and holds a Ph.D. in business as well as an MBA. He is the holder of many professional qualifications and designations including Chartered Secretary (FCIS), Chartered Builder (MCIOB) and Fellow, Chartered Insurance Professional (F.C.I.P.).

H.E. Dr. The Chevalier Prince Basztyk is descended from hereditary nobility and holds the title of Russian Prince (non-Royal) as well as French Duchy and Marquisette. He has been honoured with the appointment of Honorary Colonel and Aide de Camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and as Honorary Colonel in the Alabama State Militia, Army and Air National Guard. He is a Knight Grand Cross of the Knights Templar, Order of St. John the Baptist of America, and a Knight Commander of Justice of the Sovereign Order of St. John. He is listed in Canadian Who's Who.

He is a widower with one grown daughter and lives in Toronto, Canada. He may be reached at gc@stjoachimorder.org.

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His Excellency The Chevalier Colin Lee GCJ was born in Salford, England in 1936, and after boarding at Whittingehame College in Brighton, he attended Manchester University where he attained an LLB (Hons) Degree in 1958. Chevalier Lee joined the solicitors’ firm of Amelan and Roth in 1958 as an articled clerk. On completion of his Articles, he obtained Honours in the Law Society’s Final Examinations in 1961 and progressed swiftly to partner within the firm. He has remained with the same firm for fifty years, which was renamed Latimer Lee in 1987 (now Latimer Lee LLP), and has four offices across the north of Manchester.

In addition to acting as senior partner of Latimer Lee LLP with areas of expertise in commercial litigation, clinical negligence and family proceedings, The Chevalier Lee’s passion for the law has led to several other positions of responsibility. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in January 2007 was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustee Directors of the 150 year old Solicitors Benevolent Association whose patron is her Majesty the Queen and currently provides financial assistance to over 400 people with nearly £2 million in grants and loans paid out in 2006 with a similar amount likely again in 2007.

The Chevalier also assisted in the establishment of the former Manchester Office of Action for Victims of Medical Accidents, was a founding member of the Manchester Business Committee of Childline and is a committee member of the Manchester Branch of the Royal Society of St George. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

His Excellency The Chevalier Lee married his wife Susan in 1976 and the couple have two daughters, Jane who is a solicitor and Vanessa who is a chartered surveyor. He may be reached at freedmanlee@yahoo.co.uk.

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Captain the Chevalier Steven Dieter CD MA FRSA KCJ is a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces. After serving in the Cadet Instructor Cadre as an Air Force Officer, as Adjutant of the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment (a Canadian Army Reserve Infantry Regiment), he currently serves in the Regular Force as a Public Affairs Officer. Captain the Chevalier Dieter has worked at Strategic Joint Staff and Canadian Joint Operations Command in Ottawa, as well as Senior PAO at 8 Wing Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario. He served as the Canadian Armed Forces’ communications lead for the Royal Tours of the Prince of Wales in 2009, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. He has deployed domestically on Operation NANOOK (2008) and Operation FORGE (2011); and deployed to Jamaica on Operation JAGUAR (2011). He has served on ceremonial taskings to France and Belgium in 2007 with the PWOR, the Netherlands in 2010 (in support of Veterans Affairs Canada), and Germany in 2014 (to support the interment of remains identified by Casualty Identification).

Captain the Chevalier Dieter holds an Honours B.A. in History from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University. He has been presented with the Canadian Forces’ Decoration, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; and received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. He is a Master Mason with Defenders Lodge No. 590, G.R.C.; a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem; a Knight in the International Knightly Order Valiant of St. George; an Officer of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus; an Honorary Colonel and Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Glengarry Garrison; and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

As Grand Military Knight, Captain the Chevalier Dieter is responsible for the maintenance of the honourable standards of all members of the Order regardless of rank, including conduct, proper wear of insignia and general good order.

He may be reached at gmk@stjoachimorder.org.

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Dame Dawn Schneider GCJ has a lifetime of volunteerism and public service. She attended Ontario Ladies College and on graduation went into Women’s College Hospital in Toronto for three years of training to become a Registered Nurse. After practicing locally for ten years, Dame Schneider qualified as both Real Estate Broker and Market Value Appraiser and began full-time work in real estate.

She was very active with both the Mississauga Toronto Real Estate Boards, and sat on many committees including By-Laws, Membership and Ethics. Dame Schneider was on the Ethics Committee and then Chair of the Mississauga Board for five years and served as President of the Real Estate Board in 2000-01. In 1996 she received their Volunteer of the Year award.

Dame Schneider was also active with the Mississauga Symphonies (3) during this time, and in 2000 became President of the Board, serving in this position for the next nine years. During that time she was responsible for a number of their significant fundraising events, including “Home Tours” as well as well as co-chairing "Wine Auctions", "A Taste of the Good Life”, golf tournaments and an annual Beat Beethoven Run. During her presidency, the Mississauga Symphony began a school program to introduce all Grade 7 students in Mississauga to classical music, which now has been adopted and fully integrated into the school programs in Peel.

As Grand Almoner Dame Schneider will oversee the Order’s charitable fundraising efforts internationally on behalf of Grand Chapter, as well as identify and coordinate the recipients of the Order’s charitable donations. Dame Schneider is also a MMLJ of the Order of St Lazarus, where she has also been an active fundraiser. She is married to The Chevalier M. Nugent Schneider GCJ.

She may be reached at almoner@stjoachimorder.org.

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The Chevalier David Birtwistle KCJ, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, KCTJ is the Grand Herald of the Order, responsible to Grand Chapter for confirming enttilement to arms, titles and honours.

Chevalier Birtwistle was born in England and emigrated to Canada where he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He attended McMaster university, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is also a graduate of the Faculties of Social Work at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He also attained a master’s degree in social work University of Toronto. Following his master’s degree, Chevalier Birtwistle joined the Hospital for Sick Children’s SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) Program as a clinical social worker. He maintained a private practice and is currently a part time faculty member of Centennial College.

The Grand Herald returned to the Canadian Air Force and was commissioned in the CF Reserves as a Cadet Instructor, retiring recently and remain on as a civilian instructor with 876 RC (Air) CS as Standards Officer and Chief Flying Instructor. He is a licensed private pilot. Chevalier Birtwistle is a member of the 78th Highland Reg’t. (Fraser’s Highlanders) where he currently serves as Captain of the Honourable Guard and Field Units and is a director in York Garrison. He is the recipient of a number of recognition awards for the promotion of citizenship and public service.

The Grand Herald had arms granted from the College of Arms, London, UK, in 1975. Chevalier Birtwistle has been a member of The Heraldry Society (UK) and the Royal Canadian Heraldry Society, where he currently serves as branch director. He is a member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, for more than three decades.

He is a long standing member of The Air Force Association of Canada and a member of Armour Heights officers’ Mess, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and Royal Air Force Club, London, UK. He is a Knight Commander of The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Priory of St. James, Toronto. He is married to Joanne Margaret Avery, DJ, BA, BSW, MSW, who is also an armiger, and has three married children.

The Chevalier Birtwistle may be reached at herald@stjoachimorder.org.

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The Chevalier Arjeh van der Sluis KCJ is the Grand Registrar of the Order. Born in The Kingdom of the Netherlands, he immigrated to Canada with his family. The Chevalier Arjeh van der Sluis works for the Government of Canada and is an Officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves. He holds a BSc in Biology and has qualifications and certificates for continued education for his employment with both the Canadian Forces Reserves and the Government of Canada.

Chevalier van der Sluis has been honoured by being appointed to The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem as a Serving Member in recognition of his volunteer service to St. John Ambulance. He has been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and he has been invested into the Clan of the Gallant Canadian at the level of Henchman – a Regimental Honour of the Calgary Highlanders of Canada - in recognition of his hard work on Tradition on their behalf and the Canadian Forces in general. In 2007 his family was granted an armorial bearing which is an honour from the Canadian Crown. Chevalier Arjeh van der Sluis was responsible for the process of creating the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal which is an addition to the Canadian Honours system and recognizes peace officers who have served in an exemplary manner.

He has been honoured by with the highest honour awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, that of a Commission as a Kentucky Colonel. Arjeh’s Commission as a Kentucky Colonel was given by the Governor and the Secretary of State for his work in military/Law Enforcement relations between Canada and the United States of America. The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem invested him as a Companion of their National Order of Merit for the same work rendered. In addition, he is a Knight in the International Knightly Order of St. George. Chevalier van der Sluis has received other awards of recognition and achievement for his work both domestic and international. He is active with The Warriors' Day Parade Council, which participates at the Canadian National Exhibition, and is a Master Mason with the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario. In addition to other charitable events, is actively involved with his family, in matters of his faith and spirituality, and actively pursues the activities of genealogy, heraldry, ceremonial activities and other historical matters.

He is the proud father of two children and lives in the City of Mississauga, Canada. The Chevalier van der Sluis can be reached at registrar@stjoachimorder.org.

The Grand Registrar will be assisted by The Chevalier Ralph Schoenig KJ and The Chevalier Edward Denbeigh KJ, who also both work for the Government of Canada and and have served in the Canadian Forces Reserves. Collectively they will be responsible for maintaining the active roll and membership records of the Order, and such other duties as required.

The Chevalier Schoenig can be reached at gr1@stjoachimorder.org. The Chevalier Denbeigh can reached at gr2@stjoachimorder.org.

Assistant Registrar, the Chevalier Ralph Schoenig KJ, is Chief of Customs Investigations with the Canada Border Services Agency. A former sergeant of the Queen’s Own Rifles, he was on the Board of the Bayview Support Network (cancer care) and is a member of the St John’s Ambulance Community Advisory Committee.

The Chevalier Schoenig can be reached at: gr1@stjoachimorder.org.

Assistant Registrar, the Chevalier Edward Denbeigh KJ, is a major in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Forces, an aide-de-camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, and currently a senior official with the Canadian Department of National Defence. He is a Past Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (Ontario) and Past First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons (Canada).

The Chevalier Denbeigh can reached at: gr2@stjoachimorder.org.

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Dame Anne Mitchell DJ is Grand Secretary of the Order and personal Assistant to the Grand Master.

As The Order's Grand Secretary Dame Mitchell is responsible for communications within Grand Chapter and is frequently the first point of contact for members and prospective members of The Order. She forwards petitions and requests for advancement to the Grand Chancellor for consideration and also responds to members' questions and requests for regalia.

Dame Mitchell is the recipient of the Grand Master's Medal for her service to The Order and Grand Master, and in 2012 was the second recipient awarded the Naval Cross of Honour of the Union Corps Saint Lazare International. Dame Mitchell lives in Toronto..

Dame Mitchell DJ can be reached at mitchell@stjoachimorder.org.

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H.E. The Chevalier Simon Peter McIlwaine GCJ is Commander of the of the United Kingdom Commandery, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland "St Edward the Confessor".

Chevalier McIlwaine is a Graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. MA (Law) and is a partner in Ormerods, solicitors, specialising in personal injury, employee’s liability claims, public liability claims and high-value injury litigation. Chevalier McIlwaine is a Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).

Chevalier McIlwaine was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1991. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and also a Member of the Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. He is President of St Pancras Rotary Club. His work on behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund and other service charities led to him being honoured by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Chevalier McIlwaine is a Member of St John Ambulance Association (London District) and holder of Emergency Life Saving and AED qualifications from St John, and OFCOM foundation radio licence M6LOF.

In addition to his work with the Order of Saint Joachim, Chevalier McIlwaine is also Grand Prior of the Knightly Order of St George and Commander of Buckingham in the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus. He is actively involved in Anglican-Jewish interfaith work

H.E. The Chevalier McIlwaine can be reached at simon.mcilwaine@ormerods.co.uk.

The Commander of the Unites States Commandery of the Order of Saint Joachim is H.E. LtCol The Chevalier Martin von Grossmann GCJ.

H.E. LtCol Chevalier von Grossmann GCJ served in the US Army and Army Reserve before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. He has a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Rutgers University. H.E. Chevalier Martin von Grossmann KCJ has over twenty five years of Health Information Technology management experience in small to large, single and multi-hospital center settings. As Chief Information Officer, H.E. Chevalier von Grossmann has had executive level responsibility of three health care institutions.

H.E. Chevalier von Grossmann KCJ is also Exclusive Agent for North America for the Manufacture de Porcelaine de Monaco, the appointed purveyor to HSH the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the German Taetigskeitsabzeichen fuer Sanitaetspersonal and others. LtCol. von Grossmann was the US Air Force Reserve Command’s Medical Service Corps Officer of the Year for 2003.

He is married to Marlynn Susan and has one daughter, Susan.

H.E. LtCol The Chevalier von Grossmann can be reached by email at: grossmann@stjoachimorder.org.

The Commander of the Canadian Commandery of the Order of Saint Joachim is H.E. The Chevalier David A. Douglas GCJ.

H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ holds a PhD., in Archaeology. He is the current President, Jimmy and Associates, a Regimental veteran and social organisation promoting and perpetuating the fellowship of members, both past and present, of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, the 32 Signal Regiment, the Communications and Electronic Branch.

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, and a Knight of The Order of St. George. He is also the 'Canadian Regen'" 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. He is also an active Freemason.

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 representing the highest achievement for Canadian Domestic Furniture Marketing.

He is married to Dame Carol Goldman DJ and has two sons.

H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ can be reached at jaymat5@rogers.com.

The Commander of the Austro-German Commandery of The Order of Saint Joachim is H.E. The Chevalier Senator h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt GCJ.

Born in Vienna, H.E. The Chevalier Steinhardt KCJ has had a long career in sales and management of such companies as 3M, Afga and Kontron La-Roche. He was CEO of Elscint Medical Technology and founder of Westwind Air. The Chevalier Steinhardt GCJ served as Commercial Counsellor to the Dominican Republic in Austria, and for five years lived in the Dominican Republic as head of the branch office, for which he was appointed “Senator h.c.” As a youth, for four years Chevalier Steinhardt was a member of the chorus of the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir – the “Wiener Sängerknaben”.

H.E. The Chevalier Steinhardt GCJ is an accomplished commercial and private pilot, having logged many hours in both multiengine aircraft and helicopters. He combined his passion for flying with his charitable work, and serves as Founder and the Federal Commander of the Corps Saint Lazare International. The CSLI is an independent service organization that undertakes numerous charitable activities in Austria and Germany, as well as internationally. It works with, but is not part of, The Order of St Lazarus. Its “air wing” is actively involved in search and rescue operations, emergency evacuations and giving the handicapped the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of recreational flying. In 2014 the CSLI (the "Lazarus Union") was named as one of the 36 Non-Governmental organizations granted special consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council.

H.E. The Chevalier Steinhardt GCJ is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for his charitable work, and can be reached at steinhardt@chello.at.

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