Our colleague, professor James Archibald from McGill University receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Montreal, 11 December 2012 - James Archibald, Director of the Department of Translation and Written Communication and Associate Dean (Academic) at McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies, received the Diamond Jubilee Medal in a ceremony in the Town of Mount Royal on Demeber10th. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. The ceremony was presided over by the Member of Parliament from Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler.




Archibald holds a doctorate from the Université de Lille (France) and has taught at McGill University on a full-time basis since 1985.


In 2003, Archibald was made a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and in 2008 he received the Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit from the Association for Business Communication in recognition of his contribution to the profession. He currently serves as one of the five members of the Office des professions du Québec.


He has published extensively. His most recent books and articles focus on language policy, language and social cohesion, immigrant integration, and political and cultural diversity.


In 2011, he served as an external expert on the City of Montreal's consultative commission which reviewed the Charte montréalaise des droits et responsabilités. In this capacity, he has overseen the Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin and English translations of the Charter. Most recently, he completed the Italian translation in cooperation with colleagues from the universities of Milan and Modena. In 2012, he was a guest lecturer at l'Institut de management et de communication interculturels (ISIT-Paris), the Lebanese American University, la Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (Facoltà di Giurisprudenza), l’Université de Franche Comté and l’Université Saint-Esprit deKaslik  (Faculté de droit). This lecture series focused on the innovative aspects of the “right to the city” as embodied in Montreal’s Charter of Citizen Rights and Responsibilities.


His interest in the freedom of expression dates from his involvement as a member of the official Canadian delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva 2003-Tunis 2005).  He is the out-going Vice President for Canada of the Association for Business Communication. More recently, he served on the committee struck to redefine the supervisory and monitoring functions of Quebec’s professional regulatory board where members advanced a proposal to modernize from a deontological perspective the societal role played by practicing professionals in Quebec.


Community and organizational service have also been hallmarks of his career. He has actively promoted certification in French in the network of Canadian schools associated with the Alliance Israélite Universelle, assisted in making French-language professional development in emergency care more accessible through his cooperation with the McGill University Health Centre, and supported the dynamic development of Canada’s language industry through his participation on the board of the Canadian Association of Schools of Translation.


On several occasions, he has shared his expertise with government commissions and parliamentary committees in both Quebec City and Ottawa.