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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Honours Advisory Council


Dr. Andre M. Levesque has served with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for 25 years and retired in 2008 at the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In his civilian career, he worked in the area of planning economic development. In 2001, he became a public servant with the Department of National Defence and in 2006 was appointed Director Honors and Recognition for the Canadian Armed Forces. From 2013-2016 he was Director General Commemoration at Veterans Affairs and retired in 2019 as a visiting scholar with the Royal Military College of Canada. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in geography from Carleton University, and completed a Ph.D. in history from the National University of Ireland. He was admitted in the Canadian Who’s Who, and is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor from France.


Eric Jolliffe is a retired Chief of Police for York Regional Police. His community involvement includes serving as Co-Chair for the Victims of Crime Committee, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.


Carol Crowe is a retired Deputy Chief for Halton Regional Police. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as a Director for Halton Industry and Education Council, and a former Director for Thrive Group. Carol holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster University.


Richard Boyes is a former Executive Director for Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. His community involvement includes serving as former Director and President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. He holds an Fire Protection Technology Diploma from Ontario Fire College.


Jeffrey Lajoie progressed through the ranks as a firefighter, apparatus driver, Captain and a Platoon Chief at Sault Ste Marie Fire Services from 1987-2020. He sat on decontamination committee, worked with Ontario CBRNE teams. Obtained Fire Officer I and II designations and Hazardous Materials Technician level. He assisted with various recreational hockey teams over period of 19 years mostly as a trainer. He is presently enjoying his retirement after 33 years.


Michael Bateman is President and CEO of Grade Expectations learning Systems Inc. since 1995. Michael and his wife Karla joyfully raised three children in Etobicoke, they are now 31, 27, 24 and all have successful careers. Sadly, Michael’s wife, Karla died from Pancreatic cancer in 2018. Michael has been involved in helping the homeless in Toronto for the past ten years, through the Out of the Cold program. Over the years Michael has coached both boys and girls hockey through Humber Valley and the Etobicoke Dolphins. Michael remains involved in multiple sports throughout Etobicoke and Muskoka.


Ernie Hughes is a former Materiel, Services, and Fleet Manager for Correctional Services Canada, and a former Major Commanding Officer for the Department of National Defence. Ernie’s community involvement includes serving as Executive Officer (President) with the Royal Canadian Legion, and volunteering with the Order of St. John Ambulance.


Nav Nanda is currently the Director for a multi-national healthcare company that includes DNA cancer testing. She along with her husband are active community members and are raising their four kids. Her community involvement includes being the founder for her residents Association, where she advocates for local issues in the community. She is the Vice-Chair of We Love Oakville. Nav is also the Coordinator for IACD where she organizes charitable health camps across the globe. Nav is also involved in local school issues and works closely with the School Board Trustees and Superintendents.


Kent Moore started his policing career in 1987 with the Shelburne Police Service. He served as a Constable in both uniform patrol and criminal investigations. In 1999 Kent was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2005 Kent was named as the Chief of Police for the Shelburne Police Service, a position he held until February of 2021. During his career he was awarded the 20 year Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of Merit of Police Forces presented by the Governor General. During his 16 years as Chief of Police Kent was a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Kent is known to be engaged and invested in the betterment of the community. He was a founding member and active participant in many local committees that informed systems level planning, and regularly volunteered his time through minor sports and other community events.


Susan Turgeon is a former Teller/Audit Manager for Scotiabank. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as a Campaign Cabinet Chair and Division Chair for Corporations and Business for the Place Called Home fundraising campaign.