Cedric Steele personifies integrity and community spirit. Through his dealings in business, volunteering and with the Canadian navy, he has made an undeniable mark on Greater Victoria.
Those who know him are quick to describe Steele as someone eager to help others, be it in business or in life. He has applied his optimistic outlook to his work as president of Cedric Steel & Associates Ltd. and to various community projects, most notably initiatives to honour the Royal Canadian navy.
In a partnership that spans 17 years, Steele works closely with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council to promote a closer relationship between the business community and the Armed Forces. Appointed an Honorary Captain of the Navy in 1997, Steele was awarded the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp. Achievement Medal in 1999 and Gold Star in lieu of a second achievement medal in 2000 for his work with the aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN74) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72). A Canadian Forces Decoration Medal followed in 2009 for 12 years of service to the navy.
Steele was instrumental in the placement of the navy’s Homecoming Statue in Victoria’s Inner Harbour as part of the Canadian navy’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2010. The following year, he received the Meritorious Service Medal for his involvement with the navy.
His name can be found on any number of boards and committees across the city, including the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Glenlyon-Norfolk School, and the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health. He also served six years with the Victoria Police Board and he currently sits on the advisory board for the Salvation Army. He is a founding member of the Royal Roads University Fellows Council.
For his steadfast contribution to building partnerships in business, community and Canada’s navy, we honour Cedric Steele with the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award at Royal Roads University.