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Name: W. Thomas Molloy, B.A., LL.B., O.C., Q.C.
Convocation date: May 26, 2009
Discipline / contribution: Aboriginal land claims ; treaty negotiations
Citation / biographical information:
Tom Molloy was born and raised in Saskatoon. He attended St. Thomas More College and later the College of Law, both at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his B.A. and LL.B. in 1964. He has practiced law in Saskatoon since graduation and is with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman’s Saskatoon office. He served as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Tom played a leading role in many landmark Aboriginal claims settlements in Canada, including the lengthy negotiations with the Inuit of Nunavut that lead to the creation of the Territory of Nunavut in 1999. Tom helped launch Canada's participation in the British Columbia Treaty Commission process and continues to represent Canada in negotiations. In July 2008 Tom was appointed by the Government of Ontario as its Principal Representative for the Six Nations-Haldimand Tract land claims negotiations.
One of Tom's most significant achievements was as head of the team that negotiated the Nisga'a Final Agreement, the first modern-day treaty in the history of British Columbia. Tom's award winning book, The World is Our Witness: The Historic Journey of the Nisga'a into Canada, won the First Book Award and Non-Fiction Award which was sponsored by the University of Saskatchewan.
He has also concluded treaties with the Inuit of Northern Quebec's Nunavut and Labrador claims and with the L'heidli T'enneh of British Columbia (not ratified).
Tom helped establish a treaty process in the Province of Nova Scotia with the Mikmaq and concluded a Framework Agreement to guide the process. In the Gaspé area of Quebec he helped to establish a treaty process with the Mikmaq and government of Quebec. Tom has been involved in negotiations in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He has been described as “Canada’s most expert treaty negotiator”.
For his work in the community he has received a number of awards including the City of Saskatoon Certificate of Distinguished Community Service, Rotary Golden Wheels Award for Excellence, Saskatoon B’nai Brith “Proud of You Award” and the Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Service Delivery.
In 1996 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association awarded him the 2000 Alumni Honour Award in recognition of receiving notable acclaim for professional achievements, which in turn has enhanced the image of the University of Saskatchewan and its alumni. In 2001, both St. Thomas More College and the Newman Centre presented Tom with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch also named him as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. In 2007, he was named by the University of Saskatchewan as a 100 Alumni of Influence honoree.
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