John James (Jim) Grant

In 1951, Grant joined the Pictou Highlanders Pipes and Drums. Even while attending university, Grant was active in military service. In 1953, he transferred to the Mount Allison University Contingent, Canadian Officers Training Corps.

John Grant, Lieutenant Governor
The Honourable John James Grant was sworn in as Nova Scotia's 32nd Lieutenant Governor in 2012 (courtesy Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia).

John James (Jim) Grant

 John James (Jim) Grant, lawyer, politician, lieutenant-governor of NOVA SCOTIA (born at New Glasgow, NS, 17 Jan 1936). John Grant is Nova Scotia's 32nd lieutenant-governor, and the son of the late George Grant, a former Mayor of New Glasgow. Grant attended MOUNT ALLISON UNIVERSITY, where he graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and Economics. In 1967, John became a fully registered industrial accountant.

Military Career

In 1951, Grant joined the Pictou Highlanders Pipes and Drums. Even while attending university, Grant was active in military service. In 1953, he transferred to the Mount Allison University Contingent, Canadian Officers Training Corps. Two years later (1955), he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, serving with the third phase of the Canadian Officers Trainings Corps with the Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in Germany.

By the 1970s, Grant held senior positions within the military. Between 1972 and 1974, he held the position of Senior Staff Officer Operations Training for Atlantic Militia Area Headquarters. Coming up through the ranks, by 1977, he was the Deputy Commander, Atlantic Militia Area. He was promoted to Brigadier General Area Commander of the Atlantic Militia Area (1984).

Also in 1984, Grant became the Senior Reserve Advisor to Commander FMC (Force Mobile Command). In 1986, Grant became Governor of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. In this role, he served as Vice Chair and Chairman of numerous committees. By 1987, he was the Chief of Staff Reserves for the Army FMC and on Reserve Council, at National Defence Headquarters. In1989, Grant retired from the Militia, Canadian Force. Despite his retirement, Grant continued to serve on the National Board as a member of the National Executive. He completed these twenty-five years of service on the Board in January 2011.

Public Life

Grant was invested as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit (OMM) in 1979 and as a Commander in the Order in 1988 (CMM). He has also been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) with three clasps (2000).

Grant as Lieutenant Governor

On 12 April 2012, John James Grant became lieutenant-governor, succeeding Mayann FRANCIS. Before his appointment to the vice-regal office, Grant was semi-retired, working as an Accountant for the firm Hector Building Supplies/Century Construction Ltd.