Governing Council of the Grand Priory in Canada

The Governing Council is the elected governing body of the Order in Canada's Governing Council which is comprised of members who were elected by the members of the Order of St. Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada to provide leadership and direct the Order in fulfilling its mission and vision. Executive Committee members are elected to their position for a period of 3 years. No individual can serve in their capacity for more than 2 consecutive terms.

The following are members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada, currently serving on the Executive Committee:

Grand Prior (Board Chair): The Hon. Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken, PC, OC, FRSC, GCLJ, GOMLJ
Ottawa Commandery

Peter is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1988 until his retirement in 2011 and served as Speaker of the House for 10 years beginning in 2001. Milliken represented the Ontario riding of Kingston and the Islands as a member of the Liberal Party. On October 12, 2009, he became the longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons in Canadian history. His Speakership was notable for the number of tie-breaking votes he was required to make as well as for making several historic rulings. Milliken also has the unique distinction of being the first Speaker to preside over four Parliaments. His legacy includes his landmark rulings on Parliament’s right to information, which are key elements of parliamentary precedent both in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth. Milliken is the cousin of John Matheson, a former Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) best known for his prominent role in adopting the red maple leaf as the Flag of Canada.
 
Prior (Board Vice-Chair): Chev. Robert W. Clarke MSM, CD, GCLJ, GOMLJ
Western Ontario Commandery

A native Montrealer, Robert Clarke attended Lower Canada College and Sir George Williams University before beginning his career in the magazine publishing industry with Maclean-Hunter in Montreal and Toronto, concurrently serving in the Army Reserve with the Royal Montreal Regiment and the Royal Regiment of Canada. After relocating to Edmonton, Alberta he founded Family Health and Managing Diabetes magazines, which he still publishes, and was active in a number community, professional and provincial boards and organizations. Now semi-retired and living outside Chatham, Ontario he is a member of the Chatham-Kent Public Library Board and the Chatham Museum Advisory Committee. A long time member of the Order of St. Lazarus, he has served on the executive committee as Vice Chancellor Commanderies and Referendary, as Chairman of the National Medical Commission and as Comnmander of the Edmonon Commandery on three occasions. He co-chaired the development and publishing committee for A Caregiver's Guide: A handbook about end-of-life care in 2000 and has since led its growth as an integral component of the Order's palliative care mission. In recognition of A Caregiver's Guide's value to caregivers both in Canada and internationally, in 2016 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General.
 
Chancellor (Chief Administrative Officer): Dame Jane K. Anema, DCLJ, CMLJ
Manitoba Delegation

Jane is currently the Executive Director of the Sarnia Community Foundation and the Coordinator of Volunteer Services for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at the Sarnia Jail. She has been involved with a number of volunteer organizations at the local, regional, and national levels for more than 35 years in both a volunteer and a professional capacity. In addition to her employment and work with the Order of Saint Lazarus, she is the treasurer for two volunteer organizations based in Sarnia, a member of the Ontario Independent Police Review Directors resource committee, and past President of the local chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW). Other volunteer activities have included writing and editing a national magazine, a stint as a member of the Public issues team for the Canadian Federation of Junior Leagues, managing a thrift store, working with the community grants committee for the United Way of Winnipeg along with being part of many community activities, fund raisers and capital campaigns. When not volunteering, she spent nearly 30 years learning with children as a special education consultant and classroom teacher.
 
Vice-Chancellor (Secretary-General / Registrar-General): Chev. Andrew C. Duncanson, KCLJ, CMLJ
Toronto Commandery

Andrew, a graduate of Queen's University and Ryerson University, spent his career in the auto businesses in Minnesota. His Chevrolet Dealership in Minneapolis/St. Paul became the largest Chevrolet dealership in the mid-west. Also, his independent used car business was the largest in the Twin Cities. During his career he was the president of The National Association of Fleet resale Dealers and held several board positions in the automobile business. Andrew has been on the Toronto Commandery Council since his return from the US in 2010 and was Commander from 2011-2014. Also, he has been a warden at Grace Church-on-the-Hill in Toronto for the past four years and continues in that capacity. Andy and his wife Gayle enjoy their country house just north of Toronto and enjoy travelling and playing golf.
 
Vice-Chancellor (Finance): Mr. Julien DeSchutter, KLJ, OMLJ
Calgary Commandery

Julien DeSchutter spent more than 42 years in the travel and aviation-related business. During 30 years with Air Canada, he held a number of management and senior management positions in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal, in the areas of Business Development, Information Technology, Marketing, as well as Corporate and Commercial Strategy. He is also a Past Chair of the Board of Tourism Calgary. In January 1998 Julien was hired as Vice-President, Airport Marketing for The Calgary Airport Authority and remained in that role until he retired at the end of 2008. In that role he was responsible for all Passenger Air Service Development, Tourism Development, Commercial Development, as well as Hospitality Relations. He was also instrumental in bringing large meetings, events, and conferences to Calgary including The International Air Cargo Association in 2006, World Skills International in 2009, and the Airports Council International North American and International Conferences in 2010. Julien is currently involved with a number of charities including amongst them, The NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank, The Order of St. Lazarus as Vice-Chancellor of Finance, and Dreams Take Flight, where he is the Treasurer of the Calgary Chapter as well as being a member of the National Board of Directors.
 
Justiciar (Legal Counsel): Chev. Richard W. Pound, CC, OQ, QC, AdE., FCA/FCPA, KCLJ, MMLJ
Montréal Commandery

Richard is a Canadian lawyer and accountant. He is a graduate of McGill University and has served as Chair of its Board of Governors (5years) and as Chancellor (10 years). He is currently Chancellor Emeritus. He is a member of the International Olympic Committee, having served for 16 years on its Executive Board, 8 of which as Vice President and is currently the IOC’s longest serving active member. He is the Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, former Chairman of the Board of the Foundation of Greater Montreal and former Chair of Canada’s National History Society. He was an Olympic finalist in swimming and Commonwealth champion. Following his swimming career, he became Secretary then President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. He is author of several professional publications, as well as more than a dozen other publications.
 
Vice-Chancellor (Commanderies): Mr. Britton Osler Mockridge, MSM, KLJ, OMLJ
Calgary Commandery

Britton received his education at Trinity College School, Princeton University and the University of Toronto Law School. He has been called to the Bar in Ontario and Alberta. He worked in Toronto for Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt and with INCO before moving to Calgary and working with Mobil Oil Canada, Suncor and Husky. He moved to Kuwait and worked for the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company KSC arriving six weeks before Iraqi invasion where he became a “guest” of the Iraqi forces for four and a half months where as a Canadian Warden he cared for western ex-pats especially those nationalities which were taken as “human shields”. He along with other Canadian Wardens ran a clandestine mail service by smuggling mail out with evacuation flights for women and children. They also arranged to supply food and services to house bound ex-pats including dental services, special needs such as medicines and even cash supplied by the Kuwaiti Government in exile. For his efforts during the Iraqi occupation he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Canada. After 13 years in the Middle East he and his wife Judi, who joined him in Kuwait after liberation, returned to Calgary where he currently practices law mainly international oil and gas transactions. He is an H. Lt. Col. In the Fraser Highlanders and has been a director of a number of junior oil and gas companies.
 
Ecumenical Commission Chair: The Rev.Dr. Karen Hamilton, BA, MDiv, ThM, DMin, AChLJ, MMLJ
Toronto Commandery

Karen Hamilton currently serves Church and World as the General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches. Since 1944 the CCC has been bringing together 25 major Christian denominations, representing more than 85% of the Christians in Canada, in relationship, theological dialogue and common witness.

In that role, Dr. Hamilton organized the 6th Annual G8 Interfaith Leaders Summit, bringing together senior faith leaders from the G8 countries and G20 regions at the University of Winnipeg, Canada in 2010. She has chaired the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation and is the recipient of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario Heritage Day award, the Canadian Interfaith Leadership award and the Order of St. Lazarus Ecumenism award. Her doctoral work is in the area of Old Testament and Preaching and her award-winning book, The Acceptable Year of The Lord was published in 2008.

Dr. Hamilton is also a long-term member and Chair of The World Federalists of Canada, an NGO focused on issues of global governance and an executive member of the international World Federalist Movement for which she chaired the Statutes and By-Laws revision. And she trained as a classical singer.

 
Hospitaller & Medical Commission Chair: Dr. Mark R. Thibert, MD, CLJ
Thunder Bay Commandery

Dr. Thibert received his B.Sc and M.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He received postgraduate training in General Surgery at Western, followed by training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. Before coming to Thunder Bay, Dr. Thibert received a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Thibert is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, certified in that specialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has practiced full-time in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, since August 1991. Dr. Thibert currently is an active surgical staff member of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.