Below are descriptions of the various awards presented by the Alumni Association:
Award of Merit – Presented to a graduate who, by his or her own efforts, has enhanced the reputation and prestige of McGill University through a lifetime contribution of exceptional leadership and service to the University, Alumni Association and community. The recipient is decided by vote of the Board of Directors on recommendation of the Honours and Awards Committee. Active officers of the McGill Alumni Association are ineligible for this award.
Distinguished Service Award – Presented to an alumnus who has rendered outstanding service to the Alumni Association and/or to the University. All recommendations require the approval of the Honours and Awards Committee and are submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.
Honorary Life Membership – Presented to a non-graduate who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the Alumni Association and to the University.
E. P. Taylor Award – This award is presented to volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding voluntary service to the McGill Annual Fund.
David Johnston Award – Created to honour Principal David L. Johnston's leadership effort, this award is presented to a McGill faculty or staff member who has done exemplary work on behalf of the McGill Annual Fund.
Chancellor Gretta Chambers Student Award – This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated leadership qualities while contributing to the advancement of alumni activities in a volunteer capacity.
Event of the Year – This award is given in recognition of an event which was well attended by alumni, guests and friends of the University; well organized with attention to detail; received good publicity in local media, creating high community awareness for the local branch and McGill; and ultimately reconnecting alumni to their alma mater.
President of the Year – Presented to the president who (over his/her term) has served his/her branch with outstanding enthusiasm and leadership; is well organized and has helped the branch to generate good programs; is able to effectively recruit, motivate, and recognize other volunteers in the branch; and is an outstanding ambassador for McGill University.
Charles Peters Branch Award – Presented to a branch that has put on a varied and creative program attracting a wide range of alumni. The branch should have a large, diverse board of volunteers who take on projects, with new volunteers joining regularly.
D. Lorne Gales Award – The McGill Alumni Association presents this award to a class that has maintained close ties to the University through newsletters, class correspondence and reunions.
Award for Excellence in Alumni Education – Presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Alumni Association's educational activities through voluntary service both in Montreal and the regions and is an exemplary ambassador for the University.
Robert Fung International Award of Distinction – Presented to a McGill graduate living outside North America who, by his/her volunteer efforts in his/her alumni community or country, has enhanced the reputation and prestige of McGill University through a lifetime contribution of exceptional leadership and service to the University, the Association and the community at large.