Tribute to H. Arnold Steinberg, McGill Chancellor Emeritus

In Memoriam: The Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SIM) tribute project honouring its late founder. In honour of the many lasting contributions Mr.  Steinberg has made to the McGill community, donations in support of the SIM Centre are being collected.

It was with great sadness that the McGill community learned of the sudden passing of one of our most beloved members: H. Arnold Steinberg, McGill Chancellor Emeritus.

Mr. Steinberg’s deep connection to McGill dates back to his time here as a student; he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1954. Over the years his impact on the University, and the Greater Montreal community, was immeasurable.

His belief in the transformative power of education was boundless. So, too, was he a tireless champion for improving the quality of health care. As a senior executive of the Steinberg grocery chain, he partnered with the Montreal Children’s Hospital to campaign for the addition of Vitamin D to milk, a bold act that effectively eliminated childhood rickets from the Quebec population. Mr. Steinberg would go on to serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the McGill University-Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Institute for 19 years, and was a member of the University’s Board of Governors for 10 years. And, although it is impossible to single out one achievement during a lifetime of dedication and service, Arnold’s five-year tenure as Chancellor of McGill University was truly extraordinary.

Among their many generous contributions to McGill, in 2006 Mr. Steinberg and his wife, Professor Emerita Blema Steinberg, created what is now called the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, the first medical treatment and training centre of its kind in Canada.  Consummate forward thinkers, the Steinbergs recently expanded their vision for the centre even further, integrating education, patient and community engagement, and research into its gamut of activities. Today, the SIM Centre is a pinnacle in the field of medical education, striving to continuously improve patient safety and quality of care using medical simulation to enhance the skills of health care professionals.

At the behest of his family, and in honour of the many lasting contributions Mr.  Steinberg has made to the McGill community, donations in support of the SIM Centre are being collected.

While his intelligence, generosity and boundless energy will be dearly missed, the achievements made by this incredible McGillian, Montrealer and Canadian, will live on through his legacy at the University with each passing year, and with each student eager to create positive change in the world.