Governor General's Academic Medal
The Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest grade point average from a Canadian high school, college or university program. They are presented by the educational institution on behalf of the Governor General.
To maintain a spirit of universality across the country, the medals are awarded on academic grades, and also include the qualities of students’ life; such as good citizenship, moral behaviour and, volunteer and community work. The Chancellery of Honours administers the Governor General’s Academic Medal. Canadian citizenship is not a prerequisite for the award.
Famous recipients include:
- Pierre Trudeau – later as Prime Minister of Canada and federal Liberal Party leader
- Tommy Douglas – later as Premier of Saskatchewan, leader of the CCF and federal NDP
- Robert Bourassa – later as Premier of Quebec and Quebec Liberal leader
- Robert Stanfield – later as federal Progressive Conservative Leader and Leader of the Opposition
- Kim Campbell – later as federal Progressive Conservative Leader and Prime Minister
- Adrienne Clarkson – later as journalist and Governor General of Canada
- Gabrielle Roy – French Canadian author was a three time winner
- Rachel Marsden - journalist, Fox News host, and internationally syndicated columnist 
- Jean-Claude Bradley – chemist who coined the term Open Notebook Science.
- Robert Christy
Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four levels.
- Bronze – secondary school level
- Collegiate Bronze – post-secondary, diploma level
- Silver – undergraduate level
- Gold – graduate level
There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.