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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

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 and served for seven years as a Governor of The National Newspaper Awards. 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. 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, 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 mineral exploration company operating overseas. He is Lord of the Manor of Priors Hall, Lindsell (UK) and 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

Dr. David A. Douglas GCJ is the 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. He also serves as Vice-President and Director of the Noble Hearts Foundation, the Canadian charitable arm of the Order of Saint Joachim. Chevalier Douglas is also an active Freemason and Shriner. Before retirement, he was the National Sales and Marketing Manager for Simmons Canada. During his business tenure, he won seven major national furniture awards and honours including the prestigious "Grand Trillium Prize" for overall Marketing and Design Excellence representing the highest achievement for Canadian Domestic Furniture Manufacturers.

DAWN SCHNEIDER

Dawn Schneider GCJ has served as the Grand Almoner of The Order of Saint Joachim, overseeing the Order’s charitable fundraising efforts internationally. She 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, Ms. 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. Ms. 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.

MURRAY GALLOWAY

Murray Galloway KJ, GCLJ is a former Vice President, Portfolio Manager and investment advisor at Blackmont Capital Corp., which was one of Canada's leading independent investment houses before it was sold to Macquarie Group in 2009. Mr Galloway has a long history of charitable work and fundraising, having raised funds for the Children's Ophthalmological Hospital in Jerusalem and the establishment of hospice care in Canada. In addition to being a Knight of the Order of Saint Joachim, he is also a Serving Brother of the Venerable Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and a Grand Cross of Justice of the Order of St. Lazarus.

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

The Noble Hearts Foundation's public filings can be viewed here.

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

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