John James Grant

John James Grant

His Honour the Honourable
John James Grant
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
Assumed office
April 9, 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Premier Darrell Dexter
Stephen McNeil
Preceded by Mayann Francis
Personal details
Born (1936-01-17) January 17, 1936
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Spouse(s) Joan Fraser
Children three sons (one deceased) & a daughter
Alma mater Mount Allison University
Profession Soldier
Military service
Service/branch Canadian Forces
Years of service 1951-1989
Rank Brigadier General
Awards Order of Military Merit,
Canadian Forces Decoration

Brigadier General (Ret'd) John James (Jim) Grant CMM ONS CD (born January 17, 1936)[1] is the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.[2]


Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Grant attended Mount Allison University, graduating in 1956 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Economics. He is a registered industrial accountant.[1]

He joined The Pictou Highlanders in 1951 and has served in various leadership positions in the Canadian Forces including as Deputy Commander and Area Commander of the Atlantic Militia Area in 1980,[1] Senior Reserve Advisor to the Commander Force Mobile Command, and as Special Projects Officer on the Chief of Reserves Council at National Defence Headquarters.[2]

He was invested as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit in 1979 and a Commander in the Order in 1988 and has been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration with three clasps.[1] Grant retired from military service in 1989.

He has been a Governor of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires since 1986, serving as Vice Chair and Chairman of numerous committees. He has also served on the National Board, on committees of the National Board and as a member of the National Executive. He completed 25 years of service with the Board in January 2011.[3]

Grant was appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on February 16, 2012 by Governor General of Canada David Johnston.[1]

Honours and Medals

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Military Merit (CMM) 1988
  • Commander 1988
  • Officer 1979
Order of St. John (K.stJ)
  • Knight of Justice
Order of Nova Scotia (ONS)
Special Service Medal
  • With NATO Bar
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal 1992
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
  • 3 Clasps
Commissionaire Long Service Medal
  • 2 Bars


  1. ^ a b c d e "Military man named next N.S. lieutenant governor". CBC News. February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "PM announces John James Grant as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia". Prime Minister of Canada's Office. February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brigadier-General (retired) John James Grant, CMM, CD, B.COM, RIA
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Order of precedence in Nova Scotia
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia