The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country. The mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

The Foundation carries out its mission by:

• spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;

• spreading awareness through distributing souvenir items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals;

• spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day;

• spreading awareness through planning events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017.

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At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge nearly 100 years ago.

That’s why we develop education programs to send youth from across the country to visit battlegrounds and memorials in France and Belgium and why we are spearheading the building of the new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial in France.

Upcoming Events

March 20 2017

The 2017 Vimy Centennial Celebration Dinner :

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Vimy Centennial Celebration Dinner will take place on Monday March 20, 2017 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. The proceeds of the dinner will go towards two important Vimy Centennial Legacy initiatives described below:

The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park will be located adjacent to the Vimy monument in France. This unique area will be comprised of 100 Vimy Oak trees (direct descendants of acorns collected following the battle in April 1917) as well as benches and reflective areas in full view of the famous monument.

The Vimy Centennial Legacy Fund will ensure that outstanding young Canadians continue to be inspired by our history at Vimy Ridge and other First World War sites. Our fundraising goal of $500,000 will help send 25 students to travel to Europe each year for the next five years and ensure our youth ‘walk through the footsteps of history’ and experience Canadian history first hand.

At Vimy Ridge, nearly 100 years ago, 100,000 Canadian soldiers gathered for the first time as a united fighting force. Commanded in part by Canadian officers, they achieved the unachievable and took one of the most heavily defended German positions of the entire Western front. It is said by many historians that at Vimy Ridge, Canada emerged from a colony to become a nation. It was not simply a battle – it was Canada’s coming of age. The Vimy Foundation was established to preserve and to promote Canada’s entire First World War legacy, through its educational programs for Canadian students and its awareness building activities.

General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, OC, ONL, CMM, MSC, CD

Lieutenant-General (Hon.) Richard Rohmer, OC, CMM, DFC, O.Ont, KStJ, CD, OfL, QC, BA, JD, LL.D, DScMil, Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur
Honorary Colonel (Ret’d) Sally Horsfall Eaton, SSStJ, CD, RN, LL.D.
Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring, MSM, LL.D.
Honorary Colonel Jim Leech, CM

Christopher Sweeney | Chair, Vimy Foundation


Interested in Sponsorship, Tables, and Tickets for the 2017 Vimy Centennial Celebration Dinner?
Please contact Karen I. Miller, Dinner / Fundraising Director. Phone (416) 224-9990 or email kim.inc@kimfundraising.com.


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Silver Sponsors

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HCol (ret’d) John Craig Eaton & HCol (ret’d) Sally Horsfall Eaton

In addition, thank you to our Vimy 2017 Sponsors who will be joining us at the Centennial Celebration Dinner as well. 



Vimy 100

The Vimy Foundation is leading the charge to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – the First World War battle that paved the way to an Allied victory, and solidified Canada as a sovereign nation. We are spearheading a featured project, together with the government of Canada: the design and construction of the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre in France, which will open on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country.


The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.