The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Heraldry Today

The contents of this Register are intended for research purposes only. The heraldic emblems found in the Register may not be reproduced in any form or in any media without the written consent of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and/or the recipient.

Gordon Thomas Southam

Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant of Arms
December 15, 1994
Vol. II, p. 426

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Per fess Azure and Or in chief three torches Or enflamed proper and in base a stag's head affronty proper armed Argent all within a bordure wavy per fess counterchanged;


Issuant from a coronet érablé Or a mound of rock proper issuant therefrom an anchor Azure surmounted by a dogwood flower Argent seeded Or leaved Vert;


HONOR · VERITAS · JUSTICIA. This Latin phrase means "Honour, truth, justice".


In general, the symbolism of emblems prior to 2000 does not exist in an appropriate format for the online Register.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on April 22, 1995, in Volume 129, page 1190 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Debra Parker

Judith Bainbridge

Recipient Information