The MEMBER of the Year Award recognizes the top C&E Branch junior-ranking NCM whose outstanding sense of duty, steadfast dedication to the mission, and unfaltering professional bearing brought great credit to the Branch, and enabled exemplary Command & Control capabilities to the Canadian Armed Forces.

It may be awarded to a C&E Branch NCM at – or below – the appointment of Master Corporal / Master Sailor …

  • CA: MCpl to Sig;
  • RCN: MS to S3; and
  • RCAF: MCpl to Avr.

A Sergeant / Petty Officer 2nd Class may be nominated so long as the NCO served as a Master Corporal / Master Sailor at some point throughout the reporting period, and only their time as a junior NCO may be counted toward the nomination.

Beyond the time and rank criteria, the nominee must have performed a deed or activity considered beyond the demands of normal duty and who made an exceptional contribution to the goals and objectives of the C&E Branch in support of the Canadian Armed Forces.  The member is considered a top performer who manifests the highest tier of professional bearing coupled with an unrivaled degree of dedication.

The award is bestowed during C&E Week (late October timeframe) each year.

Award Recipients


Year Recipient
2006 Master Corporal Reynold Dyck
2007 Master Corporal Jonathan L’Italien
2008 Master Corporal Patrick Rule
2009 Master Corporal Paul Hunt
2010 Corporal Jason Daniels
2011 Corporal Roch Grenier
2012 Master Corporal Sebastien St-Gelais
2013 Master Corporal Martin Mailloux
2014 Master Corporal Jean-Sebastien Vallée
2015 Corporal Mark Flood
2016 Corporal Jason O’Hearon
2017 Master Corporal James Nicholls
2018 Master Corporal Mike Bauml
2019 Master Corporal Justin Barfoot
2020 Master Corporal Joshua Townsend