Honourary Doctor of Laws - Spring 2009
Tom Molloy was born in Saskatoon and attended St. Thomas More College and the College of Law, both at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his BA and LLB in 1964 and has practiced law in Saskatoon since graduation, currently with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman. He served as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001-2007.
Molloy 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. One of his 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.
Molloy’s book, The World is Our Witness: The Historic Journey of the Nisga'a into Canada, won the First Book Award and Non-Fiction Award in Saskatchewan and in 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Over his career, he has received numerous awards recognizing his accomplishments, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch. In 2007, he was among 100 alumni of influence named by the University of Saskatchewan to mark its 100th anniversary.