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From the Concordia University archives:
Luc Baronian, 9 May 2005
In 1974, with the approval of the Board of Governors, Professor David McKeen of the SGW English Department began negotiations with the College of Arms about the armorial bearings of the new university.
The armorial bearings were designed by Professor McKeen to reflect the founding institutions, and included both the "Sun in his splendour," long recognized in heraldry as a mark of Jesuit institutions, and the YMCA triangle, the whole intended to embody the spirit of Concordia. On February 13, 1975, the Board of Governors approved the official Concordia colours white, gold and maroon, a combination of Loyola and SGW colours, and in keeping with the colours of the coat of arms. On December 23, 1976 , the new Armorial Bearings for Concordia University was officially granted by the College of Arms, London. On the ribbon stretched beneath the shield is the device "Concordia," signifying the University's aspiration as well as its participation in the life of the City of Montreal, the motto of which is "Concordia Salus."
The official description is: Pean a sun in splendour Or thereon an inverted triangle murrey surmounted by an open book argent edged Or bound azure. And for the crest, on a wreath argent, Or and murrey a sun in splendour Or thereon an inverted triangle murrey surmounted by an open book argent edged Or bound azure. Mantling, Murrey doubled argent and Or.