Dear Friends of Loyola,
Earlier this year, a call went out to the Loyola Community for nominations to the Hall of Merit. The purpose of the Hall of Merit is to offer current and future Loyola students examples of ‘men-and women-for-others', men and women who provide, or who provided, remarkable and outstanding service to others.
From a strong group of nominees, the Selection Committee had the task of choosing two candidates who best exemplify Loyola's goals and ideals. We are proud to announce that the following individuals will be inducted into the 2017-18 Loyola High School Hall of Merit on April 6th, 2018, during a student assembly convened specifically for this purpose.
Jean Béland ‘61
Jean Patrick Joseph Béland was born in Montreal in 1945. After graduating from the High School and from Loyola College, this “eight-year man” earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and spent his career at the Royal Bank, principally in corporate finance, culminating in three years as Managing Director at RBC Dominion Securities, before retiring in 2000. In all his corporate dealings, Jean was extremely competent, trustworthy and discreet.
Even though his work was demanding and time-consuming, Jean always found time for others, especially those in need. He has served on numerous boards --- Loyola High School and Catholic Community Services, among others --- sharing his business acumen and his wisdom with his colleagues. Currently, Jean serves on the boards of Pillar’s Trust and Executives Available. He also volunteers with Meals on Wheels and is a caring and thoughtful neighbour, helping many of the seniors in his neighbourhood with their shopping, banking and hospital visits. He is devoted to his family, to his Church, to his alma mater, and to his many and varied volunteer activities.
Noubar Afayen ‘78
Noubar Afeyan was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1962. In 1975, his family, fleeing the civil war in Lebanon, moved to Montreal, where Noubar attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1978. He then attended McGill University (B.S. ’83) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. ’87). In 1988, Noubar founded PerSeptive Biosystems and while CEO of PerSeptive, he co-founded and funded numerous other biotechnology companies. In 2000, he founded Flagship Ventures (now, Flagship Pioneering) which focuses on creating and developing innovative scientific ventures. Although he is involved in numerous entrepreneurial pursuits, Noubar also devotes much of his time to philanthropic initiatives.
In 2008, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his contributions to society in the United States and Armenia. He has also been honoured by the Armenian Government (2012, 2014) and the Armenian Church (2012) for his outstanding work on behalf of the worldwide Armenian community. In 2015, he co-founded the 100 Lives Initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. In 2016, 100 Lives inaugurated the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, an annual award given to an individual who has faced personal risk to enable others to survive.
In living their lives in the service of others, Jean Béland and Noubar Afayen truly exemplify what it means to be 'men-for-others'.
Mr. Paul Donovan