Lord Strathcona Medal

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Lord Strathcona Medal

The Lord Strathcona Medal, is the highest award which can be bestowed upon a Canadian cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.

Lord Strathcona's objectives in establishing his endowment were to:

  • encourage the improvement of the physical and intellectual capabilities of cadets; and
  • foster patriotism in cadets through the acquisition of a good knowledge of military matters.


This decoration consists of a circular copper medallion with ribbon.[1] On the obverse, in relief, is the effigy of Lord Strathcona, below the motto Agmina Ducens. On the reverse, the inscription "Strathcona Trust – Cadets of Canada" along the edge and "Honneur au mérite" at the centre. The ribbon, 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) wide, has three vertical burgundy stripes separated by two vertical green stripes. This medal is presented with an undress ribbon.

Criteria to receive the medal[edit]

The criteria for the Lord Strathcona Medal are found in CATO 13-16.[2][3] The criteria are the following:

  • have a high level of physical fitness;
  • have qualified to a training level of at least:
  • have met all requirements of their corps’ mandatory training program;
  • have met all requirements of their corps’ extracurricular support training program;
  • have completed three years as a cadet; and
  • be regarded by peers and supervisors as exemplifying the model cadet.