The 9th Annual
Vancouver Military Dinner
Healing through sport, and the power of Invictus
The 8th Annual Vancouver Military Dinner will take place on April 6th, 2024 at the Vancouver Club
Military Keynote Speaker
Lise Bourgon, CMM MSC CD
Military Personnel Command
Lieutenant-General (LGen) Bourgon joined the military in 1987 under the regular officers training plan and was selected to attend College Militaire Royal de St-Jean where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.
Following wings training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1994, she was posted to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Shearwater where she served in Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Preserver, Ville De Quebec and Toronto. In 1998, she was transferred to 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron, where she served as a pilot instructor, before moving to Ottawa and assuming staff roles.
She returned to 423 Squadron in 2004 as Detachment Commander in HMCS Montreal. She graduated from the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Force College in Toronto in 2007.
She was appointed Commanding Officer of 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron in 2007 and served in Shearwater, NS until July 2009 when she was chosen to be the Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff in Ottawa.
In June 2011, she was promoted to Colonel and posted as Liaison Officer at NATO Air Headquarters in Ramstein, Germany. After only two years in Germany, she was appointed 12 Wing Commander in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.
Promoted to Brigadier-General, she was then deployed as Joint Task Force Commander for Operation IMPACT in the Middle East. Upon her return from deployment, she returned to Ottawa and assumed multiple high-level positions at Canadian Joint Operations Command, and the Strategic Joint Staff.
In 2021, she completed a one-year Defence Fellowship assignment with the Centre of International and Defence and Policy at Queens’ University, and became Deputy Commander of Military Personnel Command in April 2021. LGen Bourgon is also the Canadian Armed Forces Women, Peace, and Security champion.
She is a graduate of Air Warfare College, holds a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a Master in Public Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada. She is married to Martin Roy, and they have two lovely children.
Featured Organization Keynote Speaker
Stay tuned for more information on our Featured Organization Keynote Speaker!
To Be Announced!
Did you know that the Invictus Games are coming to Vancouver? How about that 2025 will be the very first winter-hybrid games in Invictus History, and it'll all play out it our own backyard?
We couldn't miss the opportunity to be a part of that, and we're humbled to be partnering with Invictus Games 2025 Vancouver Whistler for 2024!
Founded by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, the Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Ill and injured military personnel and veterans come together in the spirit of friendship, camaraderie, and competition, leading to a thrilling, heartwarming, and world-class sporting event.
Invictus means 'unconquered', a term which perfectly embodies the fighting spirit of the participants, as well as their motivation to move on with their lives and to not let themselves be defined by the trauma they have suffered. We're proud to be even a small part of this incredible event, and look forward to telling you more about the brave athletes who'll soon be enjoying our beautiful city.
Wine Pull & Silent Auction
Two things we love: Raising money for deserving causes, and winning incredible prizes. We've combined the two, giving you more than one way to bring home some impressive swag that you can feel good about purchasing!
The #VanMilDinner Wine Pull
Back by popular demand, the Vancouver Military Dinner Wine Pull just keeps on growing!
Back in 2019, we said chances were 'good' that you'd walk away with a bottle of wine far exceeding the value of what you paid for it. This year, we're upping the chances to 'almost guaranteed.'
Purchase a token for a small fee and the associated bottle of wine is all yours! Thanks to our generous wine donors, some incredible, rare, and luxurious vintages will be available at a far-from-luxurious price.
And remember: All proceeds support The 2025 Invictus Games! Grab a few bottles; loving wine has never felt so good!
The Silent Auction
Like the Wine Pull, our Silent Auction is jam-packed with value. Simply bid on the prize you want, and if your bid is the highest at the end of the night, it's all yours.
Previous prizes have included box seats at sporting events, custom suits, guided tours of military facilities, full-service hairdressing experiences, and more!
Keep an eye on our social media channels and/or join our mailing list for updates on what prizes await you for 2023. One thing's for certain: You won't be disappointed.
Where, When, and The Rest
The Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
April 6th, 2024 at 1800 (6PM)
Black tie or military mess uniform. The wear of miniature medals and decorations is encouraged.
Available January 2024