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About the Author
Christopher McCreery, MVO, PhD, was born in Kingston Ontario in 1975. He attended both public and high school in Kingston and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Politics and Canadian/British History at the University of Western Ontario’s Huron University College in 1998. Upon completion of his BA, McCreery accepted a Queen’s Fellowship and began working on his Master of Arts in Canadian history at Queen’s University. Completed in 1999, McCreery’s MA thesis, Questions of Honour; Canadian Government Policy Towards Titular Honours from Macdonald to Bennett (1867-1935), served as an important reference in Conrad Black’s lawsuit against the Government of Canada.
Immediately after finishing his MA, McCreery began his Doctorate, which he also undertook at Queen’s University, having been awarded the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship. His thesis examined the invention of Canadian citizenship, the origins of multiculturalism and the basis of the modern Canadian honours system—defining the concept of “exemplary citizenship.” Honour, National and Citizenship in a Multicultural Policy: The Foundation of Canada’s Federal Honours System, was successfully defended in September 2003 and McCreery completed his doctoral thesis.
Concurrent with his doctoral work, McCreery wrote The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History and Development, the first full length academic work written about the history and development of not only the Order of Canada, but the entire Canadian honours system. A byproduct of this work was The Canadian Honours System, which is the first fully illustrated history of the modern Canadian honours system. He has served as an advisor to the British and various Canadian provincial governments on questions relating to honours. A second and greatly expanded edition of The Canadian Honours System, was released by Dundurn Press in late 2015.
From January 2004 to October 2006, McCreery worked as the Executive Assistant to Senator Michael Kirby in Ottawa. With the retirement of Senator Kirby in October 2006, McCreery was hired as Senior Policy Advisory to the Speaker of the Canadian Senate. From September 2007 until March 2009 he worked for the Privy Council Office as a Senior Advisor to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In April 2009 McCreery took up the post of Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Executive Director of Government House, Halifax. He is also the National Historian for St. John Ambulance/the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in Canada.
Other forthcoming publications include a history of Government House Halifax and a biography of Esmond Butler, CVO, OC, the long serving Secretary to the Governor General of Canada.
From 2009-2012 McCreery served as a member of the Federal Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Committee. In 2010 he was appointed by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve as a member of the Governor General Expert Advisory Committee. The Committee was charged with assisting in the search for a new Governor General. In 2011 McCreery was commissioned to undertake a comprehensive review of the Canadian Honours System for the Privy Council Office. This resulted in the report Preserving Prestige and Enhancing the Recognition of Excellence: A Review of the Canadian Honours System. In 2015 e was subsequently commissioned by the Department of Canadian Heritage to research and write a new protocol manual entitled The Canadian State Ceremonial and Protocol Manual. Since 2012 he has served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History & Canadain War Museum.
Christopher McCreery was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, during the 2010 Royal Tour and in 2010 he was also appointed an Officer of the Order of St. John. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, the Queen’s University Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Canadian Numismatic Research Society.
Other memberships include the Writers Union of Canada, Canadian Historical Association, Champlain Society, Orders and Medals Research Society and the Orders and Medals Society of America.
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