On behalf of Concordia University, Manon Tremblay, Senior Director, Indigenous Directions, will present the Loyola Medal to Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB MSC IPC, former senator, judge and chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) with the university’s most prestigious non-academic award in a livestream broadcast from Winnipeg.
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.