In order to acknowledge retired members of McGill University's academic staff who are uniquely deserving in light of their exceptional contributions to their discipline, to the University and to society at large, the University established a Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement (the McGill Medal).
Nominations for the McGill Medal are reviewed by the Principal's Advisory Committee for the Conferral of the McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement, which is chaired by the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). The Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee, which in turn makes recommendations to Senate.
The terms of reference of the McGill Medal can be found here.
Past winners of the McGill Medal
Nancy J. Adler - Desautels Faculty of Management
Barry Posner - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Leon Glass - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
John Rea - Schulich School of Music
Jorge Angeles - Faculty of Engineering
Brenda Milner - Faculty of Medicine
John Bergeron - Faculty of Medicine
Philip Branton - Faculty of Medicine
Donald Taylor - Faculty of Science
Roderick Macdonald - Faculty of Law
Margaret Lock - Faculty of Medicine/Faculty of Arts
Aberto J. Aguayo - Faculty of Medicine
Adi Eisenberg - Faculty of Science
Lawrence Mysak - Faculty of Science