The recipient shall be a person whose character, philosophy and contribution has enriched the heritage of Canada and humanity.
Concordia’s Loyola Medal ceremony was held on September 15 in Winnipeg with more than 150 virtual guests in attendance.
The Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB MSC IPC, former senator, judge and chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, became the 23rd Loyola Medal recipient in Concordia’s history.
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.
- 2022 - The Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB MSC IPC
- 2019 - Samantha Nutt
- 2017 - James Orbinski
- 2014 - Clara Hughes
- 2011 - Rev. John E. (Jack) O'Brien, S.J.
- 2009 - Roberta Bondar
- 2006 - Roméo Dallaire
- 2004 - Dominic D'Alessandro
- 2002 - Richard Renaud
- 1999 - L. Jacques Ménard
- 1997 - Oscar Peterson
- 1995 - Jean Béliveau
- 1991 - Donald W. McNaughton
- 1979 - Maureen Forrester
- 1978 - Dr. Jacques Genest
- 1976 - Dr. Hans Selye
- 1974 - Thérèse F. Casgrain
- 1971 - Rev. Bernard Lonergan, S.J.
- 1969 - Arthur F. Mayne
- 1968 - Jean Drapeau
- 1967 - Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger
- 1963 - Governor-General Georges P. Vanier
Submit the online nomination form and explain how your nominee meets the following criteria:
- Is an outstanding citizen as evidenced by their character and life philosophy;
- Has made a significant contribution to Canada;
- Embodies the ideals and spirit which characterized Loyola college: service to others, concern, and respect for other persons;
- Is an individual whose receipt of the award will bring prestige to both the Concordia and Loyola names.