Officers by Appointments / Volunteers of the Grand Priory in Canada

The Grand Priory has three (3) standing committees comprised of Investment, Nominating and Admissions, Promotions and Awards. The Chairs of these committees are appointed by the Governing Council. The Governing Council may by resolution, from time to time, create and discharge additional Commissions or Committees, to study, plan and execute specific activities in support of the purposes and objects of the Grand Priory in Canada.

The following are members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada, currently serving on appointed or volunteer positions:

Standing Committees


Investment Committee Chair: Chev. Robert Harold Vandewater, GCLJ
Toronto Commandery

Bob Vandewater, an investment advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in Winnipeg for more than 50 years. He was also chairman of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba IDA districts, chariman of the Canadian Securities Institute and president of the Winnipeg Stock Exchange. He is honorary lieutenant colonel of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada and was the vice president of the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba.
Nominating Committee Chair: Chev Richard M. Dumbrille, GCLJ
Ottawa Commandery

Dumbrille was recognized for his enormous efforts in preserving some of the Maitland area's original buildings and for his work in archiving historical statistics for the township. He began purchasing and restoring historic buildings in the Maitland area in 1959 and has since brought 24 buildings back to their former glory. He has 29 tenants in the various buildings. In 1976, Dumbrille was named a member of the Order of Canada for his endless efforts in preserving local history through the restoration of local architecture, entirely at his own expense.
Admissions, Promotions and Awards Chair: Chev. Andrew C. Duncanson, KCLJ
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.

Other Appointments / Volunteers


Marshal: Maj (Ret'd) Paul E.J. Henry, SBStJ, CD, CLJ, OMLJ, M.Éd., SFNWC
Toronto Commandery

Currently, he is a High School Principal of 2 schools in the City of Sudbury. Major (Ret'd) Henry, has been involved in Education in the Province of Ontario for over 25 years, including 17 in the Principalship. For 2 years, he was seconded to the Ministry of Education as a Field Team Leader (Superintendant) for the Litteracy and Numeracy Secretariat, responsible for the implementation of various projects throughout the 12 Francophone School Boards in Ontario. He served in the Reserves as an Officer from 1986 to 2009, having achieved the rank of Major. His last posting, was as the Officer Commanding the Borden Training Center of the Regional Cadet Instructor School (Central) for 2 years. Furthermore, he sits on various Board of Directors and Committees for the Northern Ontario Medical School, Collège Boréal, St.John Ambulance NEO, the 2nd Btn. Irish Regiment of Canada Association, the Old Guard in Sudbury and as a Senior Fellow of the New Westminster College in BC. He is Armigerous and has been decorated with the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St.John of Jerusalem in the rank of Serving Member and received the Canadian Forces Decoration for 12 years + of Service in Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces. Major (Ret'd) Henry was appointed the Canadian Grand Priory Marshal in 2015 and is truly honored to serve the Grand Prior of Canada.