Westmount, Quebec – 18 May 2021: The RMR congratulates former Honorary Colonel Andrew Molson for being named a Knight of the National Order of Quebec on 11 May 2021, as one of 43 individuals being honoured by Premier François Legault for their outstanding achievements which have influenced Quebec’s growth and evolution. Andrew is now the second former Honorary Colonel of the RMR to be appointed to the National Order of Quebec, as former Honorary Colonel Peter Trent was appointed in 2018.
Every year, since 1985, the Premier of Québec has paid tribute to exceptional individuals who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have influenced Québec’s growth and contributed to its renown. Québec awards them the prestigious titles Knight, Officer and Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.
Andrew Molson was first appointed as an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in 2007 and then was later appointed as the Honorary Colonel of The Royal Montreal Regiment in 2013, with his service to the regiment totalling a dozen years. He was a driving force behind the RMR’s successful Centennial activities in 2014, as well as the RMR Museum’s education outreach program that has now reached more than 30,000 students in more than 75 schools across the province of Quebec since launching in 2018: jemesouviens.org.
The Act respecting the Ordre national du Québec stipulates that all Québec appointments, including promotions (to a higher rank) require prior Cabinet authorization in the form of an Order-in-Council.