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The Montréal Medal/Médaille de Montréal is presented as a mark of distinction and honour to a resident of Canada who has shown significant leadership in or has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.
The 2023 winner of the Montréal Medal/Médaille de Montréal is:
Tsun-Kong Sham, MCIC
The University of Western Ontario
Dr. Sham received his BSc from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and PhD from the University of Western Ontario (1975). He then joined Brookhaven National Laboratory and returned to Western in 1988. Since 2002, he has been a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Materials and Synchrotron Radiation. He served as the Director of the Canadian Synchrotron Radiation Facility at the Synchrotron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999-2008), leading innovation, training scientists and transferring technology to the Canadian Light Source (CLS). He was appointed Officer of Order of Canada in 2016 for his seminal science and service to the community.
Dr. Sham is at the forefront of the interplay of materials functionality and synchrotron spectroscopy. He has provided leadership at the R&D of beamlines at CLS.
Dr. Sham served as a member of the Board of CLS (2000-2006). He is a long-standing member of the International X-ray Absorption Society and served as its Chair (2003-2006). In 2012, he helped found the Soochow-Western Centre for Synchrotron Radiation Research and served as the Chair. He is the Chair of the Ontario Synchrotron Consortium, currently working with CISR (Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation) toward a next generation synchrotron for Canada.