The Keith Radley Hutchison Award
The award shall be given to a piper at the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Montreal, who:
1. Possesses exceptional piping skills;
2. Has demonstrated a strong ability to play the instrument alone;
3. And who possesses an excellent character.
The following people have received the award:
1998 Pipe Major Jordon Anderson
1999 Piper Stephane Chamberland
2000 Piper Philip Butler
2001 Piper Jeff Thorpe
2002 Piper Brent Schaus
2003 Pipe Major Cameron Stevens
2004 Piper Hugh Dowell
2005 Piper Josh Odermatt
2006 Piper Terri Lynn McLaren
2007 Piper Ian Leblanc
2008 Piper Ron Rice
2013 Piper Alexandre Leger
2014 Piper Maxime Langevin
2015 Piper Robert W. Kerr
2016 Piper Malcolm David Cox
2017 Piper Sasha Mathew
After the sudden passing of Keith Hutchison, this award was created by his friends during 1998. He was an enthusiastic supporter of all things Scottish in Montreal. The award is given annually to a piper at The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada who possesses exceptional piping skills, has demonstrated a strong ability to play the instrument solo and who possesses an excellent character.
In addition to serving as a memorial, the purpose of the award is to encourage and support excellent pipers and to maintain the strong ties that have existed between the Black Watch Pipes and Drums and the Society.
This year’s Hutchison Award recipient is Private Patrick Leduc.
His piping career started in 2013 with the Montreal School of Piping and Drumming at the Karnak Temple in Dollard des Ormeaux.
In 2014, he joined The Black Watch Association Pipes and Drums under the direction of Pipe Major Brian MacKenzie. Summers’ of 2015 and 2016 he was a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders squad.
Patrick joined the Black Watch in 2016 as a piper and was a member of The Ceremonial Guard Pipes and Drums carrying out Public Duties and Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill.
Patrick Leduc is an excellent example of a dedicated bagpiper as well as being of good character. He is an ideal recipient for this award.