McGill University medical student Olivia Monton is the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Robert and Sharon Francis Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award, one of 16 student awards announced by the CMHF this week.

The awards recognize second year medical students with an established record of accomplishment of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge. Each recipient receives a cash prize of $5,000 and is invited to attend the 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where they will have the opportunity to meet CMHF Laureates, and interact with health leaders from across the country. The ceremony, hosted by McGill, will be held in Montreal on May 2, 2019.

“I am honoured and humbled to be selected as the 2018 CMHF Award Recipient for McGill University,” says Olivia. “I am inspired by the Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and their contributions to the field of medicine. I’ve been lucky to have a role model in medicine, my father, who has encouraged me to continue pursuing my passion for local philanthropy and explore new interests in medical education, simulation-based education, and research.”

Olivia is currently a third-year medical student at McGill where she previously earned her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Agricultural and Environmental Science degrees. Olivia’s experiences fundraising and volunteering led to the creation of the Live for the Cause Foundation in 2014. This community-oriented foundation supports local and grassroots charitable organizations in Montreal to engage, empower and educate people of all ages on the important and rewarding aspects of becoming involved in philanthropy, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the Montreal community at large. Through several student-led committees, Olivia contributes to the improvement of medical education and simulation-based training for medical students, while promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between various healthcare professions. Olivia’s philanthropic achievements have been recognized nationally with the Senate of Canada 150 Medal, presented by the Honourable Judith Seidman, and the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. In 2018, she was also awarded the CaRMS Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and MD Financial Leadership Award.

Congratulations Olivia!

September 7, 2018