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Norman Waldron "Wally" Fox-Decent, CM CMM OM CD (July 22, 1937 – September 5, 2019) was a Canadian professor, mediator and advisor on constitutional issues and labour relations.

Wally Fox-Decent
Norman Waldron Fox-Decent

(1937-07-22)July 22, 1937
DiedSeptember 5, 2019(2019-09-05) (aged 82)
EducationBachelor of Arts, Master of Arts
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
EmployerUniversity of Manitoba
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
AwardsOrder of Canada
Order of Military Merit
Order of Manitoba
Canadian Forces Decoration

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1959 and a Master of Arts in 1971 from the University of Manitoba. From 1962 to 1995, he was professor of political studies at the University of Manitoba.

He joined the Canadian Naval Reserves in 1954 as a cadet at HMCS Chippawa. From 1987 to 1990, he was Chief of Reserves and Cadets for the Canadian Forces. He retired in 1996 with the rank of rear admiral.

In 1989 Fox-Decent chaired the Manitoba Task Force on the Meech Lake Accord. The committee, struck by Premier Gary Filmon and made up of Members of the Legislative Assembly from all three parties, accepted briefs and heard testimony regarding Manitobans' thoughts on the Accord, a constitutional amendment package debated from 1987-1990.[1]

From 1992 to 2005, he was chairman of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

In 1997, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was awarded the Order of Manitoba. He died in Montreal on September 5, 2019.[2]

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Fox-Decent's personal awards and decorations included the following:


Ribbon Description Notes
  Order of Canada (CMM)
  • Appointed Member (CM) on 23 October 1997[3]
  Order of Military Merit (CMM)
  • Appointed Commander (CMM) on 10 July 1989[4]
  Order of Manitoba (OM)
  • Appointed (OM) on 15 July 2003[5]
  • medal number: 054
  Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
  • Decoration awarded in 1977
  • Canadian version
  125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
  • Decoration awarded in 1992
  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Decoration awarded in 2002[6]
  • Canadian version
  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Decoration awarded in 2012[7]
  • Canadian version
  Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
  • with two Clasp for 32 years of services


  1. ^ "Brock, Kathy. A Mandate Fulfilled: The Manitoba Task Force on the Meech Lake Accord,List". Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Outreach Programme, 1990.
  2. ^ "Norman Fox-Decent (Obituary)".
  3. ^ "The Governor General of Canada List". Gouvernment of Canada.
  4. ^ "The Governor General of Canada List". Gouvernment of Canada.
  5. ^ "The Order of Manitoba – Official Registery List". Gouvernment of Canada.
  6. ^ "The Queen Golden Jubilee Medal List". The Governor General of Canada.
  7. ^ "The Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal List". The Governor General of Canada.