Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Lionel J. Goffart, QC, OStJ was born in 1928 in Paris, France to Belgian parents. He was brought to Canada in 1941 due to WWII, eventually becoming a Canadian Citizen in 1953. He married his late wife Mary Parent in 1953 and they had two sons. He attended the University of Montreal where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and then the University of Toronto where he received a Bachelor of Laws. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1954 where he practiced business law with a large Toronto law firm. Goffart was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1975 by the Government of Ontario and retired in 1993.
In 1954 HLCol Goffart graduated from the Canadian Officers Training Corp and joined The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada as a Lieutenant. He retired from service in 1961 due to pressures of professional obligations. in 2003 he was elected to the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Trust Fund and has served several years on its Executive Committee.
On 3 October 2015 he was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, succeeding HLCol Brendan Caldwell.
Goffart’s military and professional careers have brought forth numerous highlights and accomplishments including his time as Vice President of the Belgium-Canadian Chamber of Commerce during which time he was awarded the decorations of Commander of the Order of Leopold II (Belgium) and Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium). He is also the recipient of the Officer of the Order of St. John and the Gold Cross of Merit (Poland).