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 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 (CSLI), and a Knight of The Order of St. George. He is also 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. He is also an active Freemason.

Before retirement he was National Sales and Marketing Manager, Simmons Canada, and won seven major national awardsincluding 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 succeeds H.E. The Chevalier M. Nugent Schneider GCJ, who continues to serve the Canadian Commandery as Commander Emeritus. H.E. The Chevalier Douglas GCJ can be reached at jaymat5@rogers.com.

The Canadian Commandery is incorporated as a federal Canadian not-for-profit corporation. The Canadian Commandery 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.

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 the Noble Hearts Foundation, a registered Canadian charity - Charitable Registration Number: 83471 3000 RR0001.

The 2017 Canadian Investiture of The Order of Saint Joachim will be held in Hamilton, Canada, on June 23-24, 2017. Members of the Order from anywhere in the world and their guests are welcome to attend. A video preview of the events and preview is available below or on YouTube. The 2017 reservation form is available here.

Photographs of some of the Canadian Commandery's Ceremonies of Admission and Investiture can be seen by clicking here. It also maintains its own webstore, proceeds of which go to the Canadian Commandery's charitable fund.

For additional information about the Canadian Commandery of The Order of Saint Joachim, including admission inquiries, please contact the Commander.

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