W. Thomas Molloy

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W. Thomas Molloy

22nd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
In office
March 21, 2018 – July 2, 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralJulie Payette
PremierScott Moe
Preceded byVaughn Schofield
Personal details
William Thomas Molloy

(1940-07-27)July 27, 1940
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
DiedJuly 2, 2019(2019-07-02) (aged 78)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan
St. Thomas More College

William Thomas Molloy[1] OC SOM QC (July 27, 1940 – July 2, 2019) was a Canadian lawyer, treaty negotiator, and Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. He was the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, his appointment as Lieutenant Governor was made by Governor General of Canada Julie Payette on the Constitutional advice of Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on January 22, 2018,[2] to succeed Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Molloy was sworn in on March 21, 2018, at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, he was the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II of Canada in the Province of Saskatchewan.


Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on July 27, 1940, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas More College and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan both in 1964.[3] He was a member of the Saskatchewan and Alberta Bars, he was a counsel with the Saskatoon law firm of Molloy Negotiations.

He was the Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada in the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement, and for the Nisga'a Final Agreement.

He was the author of the book, The World Is Our Witness: The Historic Journey of the Nisga'a into Canada.

In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for "his integrity, commitment to a just settlement and personable rapport".[4] In 2012, he was made a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

On January 22, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Molloy's appointment as the next Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, to succeed Vaughn Solomon Schofield,[5] he was formally installed on March 21, 2018.[6][7]

On May 7, 2019, Molloy's office announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was stepping away from his post to undergo treatment, with his duties temporarily being taken over by Robert G. Richards, Chief Justice of Saskatchewan.[8] He died of the disease on July 2, 2019.[9]


  • "University of Saskatchewan Chancellor". Archived from the original on February 13, 2005. Retrieved January 5, 2006.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Peggy McKercher
Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan
Succeeded by
Dr Vera Pezer
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Antoinette Perry
as Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
Canadian order of precedence
as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Succeeded by
Lois Mitchell
as Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Preceded by
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Order of precedence in Saskatchewan
as of 2018
Succeeded by
Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan