Commanders of Commanderies / Heads of Provisional Delegations

A Commandery is a regional sub-unit of the Grand Priory in Canada, established under the auspices of the Grand Priory in Canada. A Commandery is an organization of no less than 20 members. A regional unit of less than 20 members is categorized as a Provisional Delegation. The Commander is an elected officer of a Commandery or Head of a Provisional Delegation. This individual will hold office for a term of one (1) year and is determined at the Commandery's/Delegation's own Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The following are members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada, currently serving as Commanders / Heads of their respective Commanderies / Provisional Delegations:

Acadia Commandery: Dame Dennice M. Leahey, CM, DCLJ


Dennice was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, received her BA from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and studied at various institutions including Harvard. She started in banking, working for two banks before joining RBC Financial Group. From a junior clerk, she rose through Human Resources, Corporate Banking and Independent Business to be Regional President of Manitoba, Nunavut and North-western Ontario, retiring as Senior Vice President and Ombudsman for the organization's employees and customers world-wide. Volunteering throughout her career, she sat on Hospital, University, College, Aboriginal, Government, Cultural Institution and Community Boards. In June 2005 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada, in 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in May 2014, she was honoured with Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University, her alma mater.
Arctic Commandery: Mr. Michael Kalnay, CLJ, OMLJ


Michael has recently retired after 25 years as a senior manager with the Government of the Northwest Territories. He most recently served as the Director of the Program Review Office where he worked on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government program and services. He previously served as Director of Pipeline Readiness, Community Governance, Strategic Change, Land Claims and Self Government Negotiations, and as Advisor to Cabinet. Michael received the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2009 for his role in the negotiation of the Tlicho Land Claim and Self-Government Agreement. He is presently working on a number of alternative energy projects, and is engaged in the development of a new enterprise, Arctic Sustainable Harvesting, with a view to establishing local food sources that will provide employment, import substitution, tourism and export opportunities. Michael is a member of the Northern Lights Council of Scouts Canada, the True North Rotary Club,, and actively involved in several other community groups. He has received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Scouts Centennial Medal, and the NWT Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his voluntary activities. Michael served as Vice Commander northwest Territories for the previous three years. He also serves as Scrivener of the Grand Priory in Canada, and has attended every Chapter General since joining the Order.
British Columbia Commandery: Chev. David E. Hjalmarson, CD, KCLJ, CMLJ


David, born in Victoria, BC is from a family which has a long history of military service. He served the Canadian Forces as an Airborne Electronic Systems Operator (Anti-submarine warfare) till 1984. While training in Cornwallis, NS in the late 60's, he took up playing the pipes with the RCAF Rockcliffe Band, and later took up fencing and won the men's novice Fencing Tournament in Ottawa in 1971. Retired from the air force with the title of Pipe Major and rank of Master Warrant Office in July 1997, he returned to his parents ranch and indulged his hobby of training horses. His other activities include Guard Commander for the 78th Fraser Highlanders, had escroted HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York on an inspection of the Honourable Guard of the Highland Frasers at the Victoria Highland Games in 2013. Dave was invested into the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in Kitchener, ON in 1989 and elected as Commander for the BC Commandery in 2011.
Calgary Commandery: Dame Glynis Grigg, DLJ, MMLJ


Glynis Grigg has been a member of the Order of Saint Lazarus since 2006. After a 4-year term as Vice-Commander, Glynis assumed the role of Commander of the Calgary Commandery in March 2013. In addition to her role in the Order, Glynis has been very active with other local charities, including The Samaritan Club - a 106-year-old Calgary group that aids local families and also Dreams Take Flight – a 26-year-old charity that provides disadvantaged children a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland. In addition to her charitable activities,Glynis has also served as a Director of Valour Canada; a Director of the Calgary Military Museum Society; the Co-Chair of FundFest for the Calgary Health Trust; on the Highland Ball Committee; Director of the Calgary Exotic Automobile Group; Director of the Southern Alberta Children’s Hospice Society; and the Co-Chair of the Art Lotto for the Glenbow Museum Acquisition Society.
Edmonton Commandery: The Rev. Maj (Ret'd) David Martin McLeod, JChLJ


No biography available.
Manitoba Delegation: Cdr. Dennis Richard A. Schultz, CLJ


No biography available.
Montréal Commandery: M. Marc-Philippe Vincent, OMLJ


Marc-Philippe Vincent is an elementary school principal in Montréal. Born in Montreal, he did his theological and pedagogical studies at Université de Montréal where he got his M.A. He also completed a diploma in school administration. Ordained a deacon and then a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, he has served as a non-stipendiary priest in the diocese of Montréal in various communities and parishes. Member of the Order of St Lazarus since 2008, he has served on the Montreal Commandery’s Executive as Hospitaller and Director of Communications. He has also helped in the translation and adaptation from English into French of liturgical material for the Grand Priory. He was elected Commander of Montreal in June 2016.
Newfoundland & Labrador Delegation: Chev. Lewis W. Stoyles, KLJ


Lewis is a Certified Management Consultant with 40 years of experience building strong business relationships throughout Newfoundland & Labrador. He is also active in the community including past Chairman of the Humanitarian Awards Committee, Canadian Red Cross - NL Division, and was recently inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.
Ottawa Commandery: Col (Ret'd) Ronald A. Davidson, CD, CLJ, MMLJ, MD


Dr. Davidson received a BSc degree at the University of Guelph in 1973 and a MD degree at McMaster University in 1980. He came to duty with the Canadian Forces Medical Services in 1981 and served for over 28 years in increasingly responsible clinical, research, teaching, operational, managerial, and command roles in both the air and maritime environments. In 1985, he received a MPH degree at the University of Texas with special interest in malariology and leprosy and then completed a residency program in Aerospace Medicine with the United States Air Force in San Antonio. His last military assignment was as Medical Advisor to the Chief of the Air Staff and Aviation Medical Advisor to the Minister of National Defence. After retirement, Dr. Davidson joined his federal Member of Parliament as a Policy Advisor for two years before founding his own occupational medicine consulting company. He describes his attraction for the Order of St. Lazarus as a logical step in a long process; an opportunity to leverage his military medical experience, his interest in leprosy and tropical diseases, and his desire to serve the disadvantaged in our society. Dr. Davidson is married to Janet Davidson and has five wonderful children.
Québec Commandery: Chev. Denis Rioux, KLJ, CMLJ


No biography available.
Thunder Bay Commandery: HCol. P. Edward Meijer, CHA, MIH, MStJ, KLJ, MMLJ


Edward is a graduate of the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, a member of the Institute of Hospitality (UK), and a Certified Hotel Administrator (North America). He has been employed in various capacities in the Hospitality Industry and has held hotel management positions throughout Europe and North America, including Toronto, Ontario (Hyatt Regency/Four Seasons, Hotel Plaza II), as well as with the Valhalla Inn in Toronto, Kitchener, and Thunder Bay. Edward has been an active member of a number of tourism marketing organizations including the Tourism Thunder Bay Advisory Committee and the Northern Ontario Tourism Marketing Association. Edward is Honorary Colonel of the 18Fd Ambulance (Thunder Bay) and the Manitoba & NW Ontario Regional Director of the CFLC (Canadian Forces Liaison Council). He is currently on the Board of the NWO St. John's Ambulance (6 years) and has served as Treasurer for the past five years.
Toronto Commandery: Dame Phyllis M. Lill, DCLJ


No biography available.
Western Ontario Commandery: Chev. Lt. (Ret'd) William F.K. Tufnell, KLJ, MMLJ


Fred is a graduate of Brock University, St. Catharines, ON in political science following a five year tour in the Canadian Armed Forces. His academic education was followed by attending the Ontario Police College which lead to a position on the York Regional Police Force for 14 years where he retired from the force with the rank of Sergeant. He later formed TUF Security Services LTD., along with two additional security oriented companies in Ontario. He was member of the board of the Parole Board of Canada. Fred has been very much involved in community activities including Chair of the Council of the Simcoe York District Health Council, and Board member of the Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre, and York Central Hospital. He was also Chair of the Trillium Committee, and Chair of the Community Hospice Association of Ontario, and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Hospice Thornhill. He was admitted to the Order in 2003 with the rank of Officer, appointed Marshal of the Order in 2013, and elected as Vice Commander, Western Ontario Commandery in April 2016.