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Governing Body

A. Honorary Positions

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Sworn in on October 1, 2010, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston is the 28th governor general since Confederation. Mr. Johnston holds an LLB from Queen's University (1966), an LLB from the University of Cambridge (1965), and an AB from Harvard University (1963).

Vice Patron
The Rt. Hon. Beverly McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada
Madame McLachlin is the first woman to hold this position. She also serves as a Deputy of the Governor General of Canada. She accepted the role as Vice Patron in March of 2011. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on 30 March 1989 and was made Chief Justice of Canada on 7 January 2000.

Honorary President
Kevin W. Greaves, MD, FRHSC
Hamilton, ON
Kevin joined the Heraldry Society of Canada in 1982. His studies in heraldry had made him aware of the many intricacies of heraldry and led to him becoming one of the Society's recognized heraldic scholars. He is also author of "The Primer", published in 2000. Kevin became the 21st President and held that post for 5 years.

Honorary President
Robert D. Watt, LVO, AIH, FRHSC, Past Chief Herald of Canada
North Vancouver, BC
Robert jointed the Heralry Society of Canada in 1969. He was also appointed as Chief Herald of Canada in 1988, and has published close to forty books, articles and pamphlets on historical, archival or heraldic topics. Robert was also the 12th President of the Society.

Honorary Vice President
Sir Conrad M.J.F. Swan, KCVO, PhD, FSA, FRHSC
Suffolk, UK
Sir Conrad was born in British Columbia in 1924 of Polish descent. He took a BA and MA at the University of Western Ontario, and later, a doctorate from Cambridge in 1955. He Joined the College of Arms in 1962 and rose through the ranks to serve as Garter Principal King of Arms in 1995. Sir Conrad was one of the Founding Members of the Heraldry Society of Canada.

Honorary Chaplain
The Right Reverend D. Ralph Spence, FRHSC
Bishop of Niagara (retired)
The Right Rev. Spence was the tenth Bishop of Niagara (retired), having been consecrated in Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario on September 20th, 1997 (as Coadjutor Bishop), and installed as Diocesan Bishop on January 11, 1998. He is also an avid vexillologist and possesses an extremely large collection of flags, and Albion Herald Extraordinary.

Immediate Past President
, CD, UE, FRHSC (Hon)
Peterborough, ON
David joined the Society in 2001 and has been instrumental in stabilizing and enhancing the administrative procedures within the Society. Captain Rumball had served with the 7 Toronto RCA and rose to command the 130 Headquarters Battery. David was nominated and elected 1st Vice President in October 2008 and elected as the Society's 24th President in 2013-2015.

B. Executive (2016-2017)

Ottawa, ON
Ted joined the society in 1974, and has been involved with the Society in a number of capacities over the years.. He first joined the Board of Directors in 1985 and acted as the Deputy to the long-serving national Secretary Dalton Gooderham. He then went on to succeed Mr. Gooderham as Secretary for the period 1986 to 1988. He was also President of the Ottawa Valley Branch (1993-1994) as well as National Second Vice President (2001-2002). In addition, he also served several terms as a Board Member over the years. Ted is a lawyer and currently works for the Government of Canada. He was elected as the Society's 25th President in 2015.

1st Vice President

Ottawa, ON
Vicken joined the Society in 1996 and has been active in both the Ottawa Valley Branch and the national board. He serves as President of the Ottawa Valley Branch and in 2013 was nominated to 2nd Vice President on the national board. He is a serving Canadian diplomat with an interest in honours and awards, as well as in Middle Eastern, military and diplomatic history.

2nd Vice President
, CD, FRHSC (Hon)
Snowball, ON
Ian has been with the Society since 1983, and has been involved with the board for more than two years. His main contribution to the Society was the restructuring and simplifying the Society's finances. Ian has an interest in researching and collecting orders and medals.

, FRHSC (Hon)
Toronto, ON
Stephen has been a member of the society since 1984. He served as Society Librarian from 1989 to 1997. His interest in heraldry was sparked while travelling in Europe in his student days. Elected to the Board in 2006 he was appointed Secretary in 2009. He has worked in the financial industry for nearly 30 years. His interest besides heraldry are studying history, jazz, blues, rock and travel.

C. Directors at large (2016-2017)

Director:  Allan B. Bird, OSJ, CD, FRHSC (Hon)
Director:  D'Arcy Boulton, UE, PhD, FRHSC, AIH, FSA
Director:  Jason Burgoin, CD
Director:  Patrick Crocco
Director:  David M. Cvet, FRHSC (Hon)
Director:  Robert Frank, CStJ, CD, A de C
Director:  David Hovey
Director:  Carl A. Larsen
Director:  Robert Walsh

D. Branch Directors (2016-2017)

BC/Yukon:  CD, UE, MSA
Campbell River, BC
Laurentian: , FRHSC
Montréal, QC
Ottawa Valley: 
Ottawa, ON
Sherwood Park, AB
Toronto, ON
Vancouver: , MSA
New Westminster, BC

E. Committees (2016-2017)

The committee's Chair are are appointed positions by the Board. The Chair is responsible for populating their particular committee with the relevant volunteers from the Society's membership pool. The only variant is the College of Fellows, whereby, the positions, aside from the Dean, are elected by the officers of the College of Fellows.

, FRHSC (Hon) (Chair)
Toronto, ON
  • By-Laws: Vicken Koundajkian
  • Membership: Stephen Murray, FRHSC (Hon)
    • Jason Burgoin, CD (Ex Officio)
    • Steve Cowan, LRHSC
    • David M. Cvet, FRHSC (Hon) 
    • Bruno Pereira
    • Robert Walsh
  • Librarian: Stephen Murray, FRHSC (Hon)
  • Archivist: Jonathan Lofft
  • Special Projects: Ted McNabb 
  • Finance: Ian Steingaszner, CD, FRHSC (Hon) 
  • Gift Planning and Donations: Stephen Murray, FRHSC (Hon)

Arts and Sciences of Heraldry
, FRHSC (Chair)
Stanbridge East, QC
  • Master of the Roll: The Ven Peter D. Hannen, FRHSC 
  • Heraldic Arts: Steve Cowan, LRHSC
  • Art Editor: Gordon Macpherson, CM, FRHSC, FRSA, FSA (Scot) 
  • Marketing: Jason Burgoin, CD,

, OSJ, CD, FRHSC (Hon) (Chair)
Manotick, ON
  • Mace Bearer: Jason Burgoin, CD

College of Fellows

Fellows are distinguished active members of The Society who have made significant contribution to the aims and purposes of The Society and have demonstrated a superior knowledge of, and made significant contributions to, the fields of heraldic scholarship, art, armory, chivalry or analogous subjects as they relate to Canada.

, LVO, AIH, FRHSC (Chair)
North Vancouver, BC
  • Dean: Robert D. Watt, LVO, AIH, FRHSC 
  • Vice Dean and Registrar: D'Arcy Boulton, UE, PhD, FRHSC, AIH, FSA 

, CD, MD, FRHSC (Chair)
Hamilton, ON
  • Chief Examiner: Kevin W. Greaves, CD, MD, FRHSC 
  • D'Arcy Boulton, UE, PhD, FRHSC, AIH, FSA 
  • Rev. Canon David G. Bowyer, FRHSC 
  • Jonathan Good, Ph.D., FRHSC 
  • Gordon Macpherson, CM, FRHSC, FRSA, FSA (Scot) 

Honours and Awards
, LVO, AIH, FRHSC (Chair)
North Vancouver, BC
  • Patrick Crocco
  • Gary Mitchell
  • The Right Reverend D. Ralph Spence, FRHSC 
  • Robbie D. Sprules 

  • Jason Burgoin, CD
  • Robert Walsh

, FRHSC (Chair)
Stanbridge East, QC
  • Editor, Heraldry in Canada: The Ven Peter D. Hannen, FRHSC 
  • Editor, Gonfanon: John W. Neill, MSA 
  • Editor, Alta Studia Heraldica: D'Arcy Boulton, UE, PhD, FRHSC, AIH, FSA 
  • Editorial Board, Vicken Koundakjian
  • Special Publications, Ted McNabb, FRHSC 

Society Technology Group
, FRHSC (Hon) (Chair/CTO)
Smiths Cove, NS
  • Webmaster: David M. Cvet, FRHSC (Hon) 
  • Contenu Web Francaise: vacant
  • Education Website Administrator: Kevin Greaves, CD, MD, FRHSC 
  • Forum Moderator & Administrator: Darren George
  • Guest Book Administrator: David Appleton
  • Roll of Arms Administrator: The Ven Peter D. Hannen, FRHSC