The Noble Hearts Foundation is incorporated in the Province of Ontario as a not for profit, non-share capital corporation and has has been approved as a charity by the Ministry of Government Services of the Province of Ontario. The Noble Hearts Foundation has federal Charitable Registration Number: 83471 3000 RR0001.


Stephen Lautens GCJ, B.A., J.D., is the Grand Master of The Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Saint Joachim and founder of The Noble Hearts Foundation. He 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, Mr. 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 served two terms as president of the Toronto Press Club. He has served for over 9 years as a Governor of The National Newspaper Awards. Lautens 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. 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, and past Vice President of the East Toronto unit of Canadian Cancer Society. He has been Chairman of The Ontario Club, President of The National Club and is currently VP of a public Canadian exploration company operating overseas. He is Lord of the Manor of Priors Hall, Lindsell (UK) and a Freeman of the City of London. Mr. Lautens has arms granted by the office of the Governor General of Canada and he is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada.


Dr. David A. Douglas GCJ is the Grand Capitular and past Commander of Canada of the Order of Saint Joachim. He is an active member and Immediate Past President of ‘Jimmy and Associates’, a regimental veteran and social organization promoting and perpetuating the fellowship of members, both past and present of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, 32 Signal Regiment. He has joined the ranks of the alumnus of the Toronto Signals Band after marching and performing with the ‘Sigs” for many years. David holds a PhD in Archaeology, specific to the Early Bronze Age IV, Near Eastern Oil Lamp. Among his many honours and awards, Dr. Douglas is a Freeman of the City of London (U.K.), an officer with the 78 Fraser Highlanders, an Honourary Colonel and Aid-de-camp to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and recipient of the Toronto Command Colonel’s Friendship Star and Merit Bar. David is a Major General and Vice President of the Lazarus Union Austria and a member of the Knighthood of Honour and Grand Prefect of Canada in the Corps St. Lazarus International. He is a Knight in The Order of St. George - Grand Priory of Canada and an Honourable Knight in the Order of the Precious Blood awarded by the Old Roman Catholic Church of America. David has also received the Order of Merit in Silver from Freundeskreis Hoch-und Deutschmeister Mannheim/Baden, Germany. Dr. Douglas is a lifetime member and the Immediate Past Regent Canada of the Clan Douglas Society of North America. His personal arms were granted by the office of the Governor General of Canada and he is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.


Urs Peter Mueller GCJ was born in Switzerland. He has a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Saint Gallen - Switzerland. He owned a packaging company in Switzerland for 15 years, selling the business in 2004 to join Partnerinvest Business Brokers in Zurich. He immigrated to Canada in 2011, becoming a Canadian citizen in 2016 while maintaining his roots in Switzerland. He is member of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce and an active investor participant in two Angel Investor Networks. In additon to his many philanthropic projects, Chevalier Mueller is an Officer of the international gourmet and hospitality Fraternity ‘La Chaîne des Rotisseurs’. He is an Honourary Colonel and Aide de Camp to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Chevalier Mueller is also founding member of the European Bourbon and Rye Association, as well as an active helicopter pilot, and an enthusiastic Bourbon and art collector. As Grand Almoner of the Order of Saint Joachim, Chevalier Mueller oversees the Order’s charitable fundraising efforts internationally on behalf of Grand Chapter, as well as identifies and coordinates the recipients of the Order’s charitable donations.


No directors, officers or employees of The Noble Hearts Foundation receive any salary, honoraria, compensation or personal expense payments.

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The Noble Hearts Foundation can be contacted here: noblehearts@stjoachimorder.org

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