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Loyola Medal

The recipient shall be a person whose character, philosophy and contribution has enriched the heritage of Canada and humanity.

Our latest recipient

Concordia's most recent Loyola Medal recipient is the Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB MSC IPC, former senator, judge and chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He received the award at a ceremony in Winnipeg on September 15, 2022, with more than 150 virtual guests in attendance. 

From left: Students Mavis Poucachiche and Aidan T. Condo, Murray Sinclair, Allan Vicaire, BA 09, Project Coordinator, Indigenous Directions

About the Loyola Medal

In 1961, the Loyola Alumni Association and the administration of Loyola College, one of Concordia's founding institutions, agreed to create the Loyola Medal as a permanent tribute to outstanding leadership and achievement on the Canadian scene.

The first medal was awarded in 1963 to General Georges P. Vanier, former governor general of Canada and Loyola alumnus.

In 1989, it was agreed that the Loyola Medal would be established as an award by Concordia University and given every two years to an outstanding individual who meets the specified criteria:

  • Outstanding citizens as evidenced by their character and life philosophy and who have made a significant contribution to Canada. They shall embody the ideals and spirit which characterized Loyola College.
  • Individuals whose receipt of the award will bring prestige to both the Concordia and Loyola names.


The selection process for the Loyola Medal is private and discretionary.

The selection committee makes a recommendation to the Honorary Degree and Convocation Committee of the Concordia University Board of Governors.

Based upon that recommendation, the Board of Governors makes the final decision of the recipient of the Loyola Medal.

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