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Fellows Journal

Fall 2015

Message from the President

As we approach the annual gathering of the College of Fellows, there is much to celebrate.
Firstly, I am delighted that the Society has secured funding to allow for a second consecutive live final of the Canadian Geographic Challenge, a tremendous boost to that competition and a further sign of our vibrant Canadian Geographic Education program.

In addition to that wonderful news, we have a brand new plastic (and hence durable!) Map of Canada being produced, with the support of Fellow Kathy McCain. I would also like to thank Natural Resources Canada for their assistance with this wonderful project. The map is being sent to all of the 16,000 members of Can Geo Education, and will soon be in classrooms across Canada!

Another exciting development is the publication of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of H.M.S. Erebus, by John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell and published by our friends at Harper Collins. It is a gorgeous book, filled with photographs, many of them never before published, as well as historical images, and it tells a great story of the find of Erebus after nearly 170 years by the Parks Canada led-Victoria Strait Expedition, of which RCGS was a proud partner.

I would urge all of you to buy the book, and perhaps make a present of it this festive season as well. It is something we can all be proud of, and the profits go entirely to the RCGS and to support our programs!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the College of Fellows Annual Dinner on November 18!

Paul Ruest, PhD


2015 Fellows Dinner

Join us at the 2015 Fellows Dinner in the Great Hall at the Canadian Museum of History. (Photo: David Trattles / Canadian Geographic)

A reminder that the 2015 Fellows Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 18th in the stunning Great Hall at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. This year's guest speakers will be Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, who will both be honoured with the Society's Gold Medal. The evening will begin with the Medal Ceremony at 5pm, followed by cocktail hour and dinner. Early bird tickets sold very well, so all Fellows are encouraged to buy tickets soon at!


RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

Canada’s exploration and geography communities were out en masse on Thursday, October 22 for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus, by John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell. The book details the discovery and ongoing exploration of one of the most important underwater discoveries in history.

More than 100 people packed the Common Room at Massey College, in Toronto, for the event including exploration great Joe MacInnis, storm chaser George Kourounis, medical geographer (and newly re-elected MP) Kirsty Duncan, writers Ken McGoogan and Shelagh Grant, and artist Cory Trepanier. Geordie Dalglish, Director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Andrew Prossin, Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions, both members of the 2014 Victoria Straight Expedition partnership also joined the celebration.

One of the stars of the launch party was Jonathan Moore of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service, who was one of the discoverers of Erebus and found the ship’s bell. Moore offered guests a first-hand walkthrough of some of the profound moments detailed in the book, and described his experiences from some of his 150-plus dives.

This gorgeous 224-page hardcover book is published by HarperCollins. You can find it in bookstores across Canada or order it online here.

Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Team member Jonathan Moore, who was a co-discoverer of HMS Erebus with Ryan Harris, and who also found the Erebus bell. Moore spoke at the launch party for Franklin's Lost Ship (Photo: Marina Jimenez)

Governor Joseph Frey, is Chair of the Fellows Committee, a Member of the Policy and Planning Committee, John Geiger, CEO of the RCGS, Paul Ruest, President of the RCGS are joined by Geordie Dalglish, RCGS Fellow and Director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.


In October, Society CEO John Geiger spoke at a joint Canada-UK Foundation/RCGS reception at Canada House in London, UK. A partnership between the Society and the Foundation aims to tour Canadian Geographic Education’s Arctic Giant and Classroom Floor Maps in British schools beginning a year from now. While in London, Geiger also spoke to the Canada Club, founded in 1810, at a gala dinner held at the legendary Travellers Club. At the dinner, the Canada Club presented Sir Christopher Ondaatje, RCGS Fellow and medalist, with its prestigious Canada Club Medal. Previous recipients include the Duke of Edinburgh.

William Smith, Managing Director and Head of European & Middle East Operations for BMO, Mrs Smith, with RCGS Fellows Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Hon. Alexandra Shackleton and CEO John Geiger.

Society Notes

Update on Fellows Committee

The Fellows Committee convened three times this year, in order to review nominations to the College of Fellows. Through their deliberations, the Committee was please to recommend 66 nominees to stand for election.

The 40 men and 26 women recommended for nomination are all exceptional talents and leaders in their respective fields. Their diverse backgrounds, interests, and places of residence all give credence to the RCGS’ commitment to being “popular in nature”. Further, their shared love of Canada and Canadian geography leave them poised to make a significant contribution to our Society for many years to come.

If you know someone who is helping to make Canada better known to Canadians and can contribute to the Society, please fill out the nomination form by clicking here.

The Fellows Committee is chaired by Fellow Joe Frey (Toronto, ON). Members include Fellows Jean Marie Beaulieu (Chelsea, QC), Brad Faught (Toronto, ON), and Brian Hodgson (Calgary, AB).

Strategic Partnerships

Drawn to Victory, Canadian Geographic Education’s newest giant floor map teaches students the little known story about how the First World War led to the 20th century’s greatest map renaissance.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s giant floor map program figures prominently among its successes of the last several years. This innovative program for Canadian classrooms capitalizes on the power of cartography to tell stories, to give direction, and to excite exploration and discovery among students.

The giant floor map program is entirely the result of the Society’s partnerships with organizations such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Space Agency, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariat. Each of these partners has shared the Society’s conviction regarding the inherent strength of cartography to drive geographic awareness and understanding. Furthermore the partners appreciate the value of geospatial literacy as an indispensable life skill for Canadian youth.

The newest giant floor map, Drawn to Victory, is also a result of a partnership. The map is essential element of a joint initiative of the Society and Sound Venture Productions with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian War Museum. The Drawn to Victory giant map (featuring a contemporary map of Western Europe and the accompanying lesson plans) will help teachers and students study the evolution of mapmaking during the First World War. Once it is launched in late fall, the new map will join the others in the program and may be borrowed by Can Geo Education members for use in their schools.

International Map Year Update

International Map Year (IMY) was officially launched at the International Cartographic Association Congress in Rio de Janeiro this past August. Since that time, Canada has continued its commitment to promoting IMY by organizing special presentations, conferences and related activities to celebrate maps up until the end of 2016.

Fellows James Boxall and Lynn Moorman get ready to give a keynote presentation at the International Symposium on Digital Earth on the importance of education in preparing society for the best use Digital Earth technology. (Photo: Max Lapierre)
Fellow Lynn Moorman led a PYXIS Innovations/ Canadian Geographic Education student workshop on how to use Digital Earth as a learning tool. (Photo: Lynn Moorman)

Interestingly, Halifax became the Canadian IMY launching site for several high profile events including the International Symposium for Digital Earth, the Student Ocean Sustainability Conference at Dalhousie, the Geomatics Atlantic Conference, the Esri Canada User Conference for Atlantic Canada, and the Nova Scotia Social Studies Teachers Association meeting. The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia, partnering with RCGS and others, supported a competition for school-aged students in Nova Scotia who created their own maps, or 'view of Canada and the World'. Over the next few months more local outreach activities are planned for the same region-focused on the k-12 sector, which is building upon a foundation created by many groups and individuals.

The take away from the Atlantic region experience in promoting IMY events for all Fellows is that these activities can be easily copied and used in all other parts of the country. For example Alberta, Manitoba and a few parts of Ontario have all promoted IMY activities during recent events and conferences. If anyone wishes to support IMY or look at helping in their local area, please visit the web site or follow us on Twitter via @imy_ca. One thing we can all do, through our support of RCGS and Canadian Geographic Education, is help spread the IMY key message — "We Love Maps".

Program Notes

Advancement Committee

The Advancement Committee continues to provide strategic advice on the Society’s overall fundraising strategy, as it helps guide the Society towards a fundraising model focusing on major and designated gifts. Under this new model, the RCGS has seen strong revenue growth, and has positioned itself to have another strong fundraising year.

As a major plank of its fundraising strategy for the upcoming year, the Society will be looking to build new and diverse partnerships with granting foundations and industry, in order to broaden and deepen program revenue. These partnerships will be based on shared interest and values, and will encompass a commitment to furthering geographical learning in Canada. We encourage all Fellows to help the Society connect with organizations or companies that are interested in supporting our mandate and subsequent initiatives.

In addition, the Advancement Committee will be working in collaboration with the Fellows Committee to encourage and support Fellows campaign engagement, with the goal of having all Fellows making a contribution to the Society this year. As the Society’s key ambassadors and stakeholders, when Fellows become donors, it sends a strong message to others that the Society is worthy of their support. As such, the Committees will be working together to engage Fellows and encourage their participation and support.

To learn more about how you can get involved, or for more information about how to join our exclusive Compass Rose Club Program, please contact Jason Muscant, Director of Advancement at (613)745-4629 ex. 139, or via e-mail at

The Advancement Committee is chaired by Governor David Mitchell (Ottawa, ON). Members include Fellows Amy Boddington (Toronto, ON), Wendy Cecil (Toronto, ON), Allen Clarke (Toronto, ON), Tony Hendrie (Toronto, ON), Jim Hole (Edmonton, AB), Paul Klein (Toronto, ON), and Bob Page (Calgary, AB).

Awards Committee

John Smol, internationally renowned ecologist, limnologist and paleolimnologist is the 2015 Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership and Science

Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership and Science
Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012, the Bergmann medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science”. The 2015 recipient is Dr. John Smol.

Dr. Smol is a Professor of Biology and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change at Queen’s University. John Smol’s research studies deep below the surface of our lakes and rivers to uncover the secrets of our environmental history, written in the mud and silt. His work has been informing policy discussions and decisions nationally and internationally for many years, starting with his acclaimed role in the acid rain debates. With the help of the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL), at Queen's University, his research has enabled policy makers to make knowledgeable, proactive decisions in areas such as agricultural runoff, clearcutting, protection of fish habitats, and air pollution control.

Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal
The Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal, established in 2014, recognizes an exemplary deed or activity that has enhanced or aided the Society in fulfilling its mandate at the international, national, provincial or headquarters level. The 2015 Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal recipients are Kathryn McCain and Milbry Polk.

Kathryn McCain
Kathryn McCain is the chair of the McCain Foundation and has served as chair of the University of New Brunswick’s Board of Governors. Ms. McCain obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UNB, and has held her position as chair of the McCain Foundation, the philanthropic arm of McCain Foods Limited, since 1993. Ms. McCain has served on the National Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Pathways to Education, the Havergal College Foundation, and is a Fellow and former Governor of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Milbry Polk
Milbry Polk graduated from The Madeira School and Harvard College. She worked for fifteen years as a photojournalist in the Middle East , South America and Asia.She co-founded Wings Trust, an educational organization and Wings WorldQuest which which celebrates the discoveries of women explorers and supports scientific exploration.  Currently she is a contributing editor for The Explorers Journal. She has written and edited ten books including Women of Discovery, The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Bagdad and Egyptian Mummies and contributed chapters to others including the recent The Great Explorers.

She has been featured on CBS "Sunday Morning," She has been awarded Woman of the 21st Century from Women's E, The Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation and the Women's Environmental Leader Award from Unity College.  She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club, Fellow of Wings WorldQuest and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is on the board of Arts, Cultural and Exploration organizations.

Lawrence J. Burpee Medal
Awarded to recognize an outstanding contribution or other achievemnent that greatly enhances the ability of the Society to fulfill its mission of making Canada better known on a national or international level, and contributes to the general advancement of geography. Renowned Inuit historian Louie Kamookak will be joining Wendy Cecil and Alex Trebek as a 2015 recipient of the Lawrence J. Burpee Medal.

Louie Kamookak has dedicated his life to exploring the geographical legacy of the Canadian North and sharing his learning with Canadians and with the world. Since 1983, Louie has been an active contributor and leader in mapping our Inuktiktuk place names, and gathering traditional stories about King William Island, and it early inhabitants. His research using Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) methods contributed to one of the most celebrated events of 2014: the discovery of Franklin’s ship, Erebus, by Parks Canada’s underwater archeology team. This summer, Louie served as the Expedition Leader for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2015 Malerualik Expedition. The teachings that came out of this expedition will help Canadian students from coast to coast to coast to learn about the ATK techniques through Canadian Geographic Education’s soon to be developed Malirualik Expedition classroom activities.

3M Environmental Innovation Award
The 3M Environmental Innovation Award was inaugurated in 2009 by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and 3M Canada to recognize outstanding individuals in business, government, academia or community organizations whose innovative contributions to environmental change are benefiting Canada and Canadians.

Jean Lemire, a biologist, explorer and filmmaker is the 2015 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration.

The 2015 recipient is GreenBug Energy Inc. This company applies an old technology (Archimedes screws) used in a new way (as a hydro generator) to produce green electricity at unutilized locations (existing small dams that have sufficient flow to generate electricity but are not suitable for conventional hydro turbines). GreenBug Energy is also developing an innovative business model to support the rapid dissemination of Archimedes screw generators to suitable sites.

Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration
The Ondaatje Medal recognizes outstanding Canadian explorers for extraordinary achievement through expedition(s) in Canada or abroad, or a citizen of another country for extraordinary exploratory achievement and expedition(s) within Canada. Achievements in the realm of geographical exploration and/or discovery, which have fostered a greater appreciation for and understanding of the Canadian land mass, people and/or environment, are eligible.

The winner of the 2015 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal is Jean Lemire, a biologist, explorer and filmmaker, based in Montreal and Les Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec. Aboard the sailboat Sedna IV, he has explored the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica with missions dedicated to education and conservation of the planet’s natural resources.

The Awards Committee is chaired by Fellow Helen Kerfoot (Ottawa, ON). Members include Fellows Richard Berthelsen (Toronto, ON), Dianne Draper (Calgary, AB), Alison Gill (Burnaby, BC), Phil Howarth (Dundas, ON), Chris McCreery (Halifax, NS), and Wayne Pollard (Montréal, QC).

Canadian Geographic Education

Fall brings a whirlwind of new excitement for Canadian Geographic Education (Can Geo Ed). A new school year brings a new year of contests, giant floor map tours and professional development workshops. With close to 16,000 members of Canadian Geographic Education now, we are preparing for record-breaking numbers in all programs this year.

Registration for both the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge as well as Canada’s Coolest School Trip are now open. Be sure to recommend these fantastic programs to the teachers in your lives – they won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to win great prizes.

Nancy Gillis with her NAAEE award for excellence in environmental teaching.

We have good news about Nancy Gillis of North York’s Cresthaven Public School who won the 2015 CEDC’s Energy Educator of the Year Award for central Canada. This summer we got the opportunity to work with Gillis at our summer CEDC workshop and saw her ingenuity at teaching energy literacy. Can Geo Ed nominated Nancy Gillis for the prestigious North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) K-12 Educator of the Year Award and she won. Gillis accepted her award in San Diego, California on October 18, 2015.

Students from Caledonia Regional High School in Hillsborough, New Brunswick visit La Mauricie National Park (Photo: Jessica Finn / Canadian Geographic)

Canada’s Coolest School Trip
In partnership with Parks Canada, Historica Canada, Nature Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation, CG Education played a key role in Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest. The winning class from Hillsborough, NB competed for an all-expenses-paid class trip to Quebec City and La Mauricie national park in June 2015.

Canadian Geographic Challenge
Coming off a very successful live national final in May 2015, the Canadian Geographic Challenge continues to evolve into a larger and more robust program. Registration is now open for this year’s competition.

This year’s Challenge will include the opportunity for teachers to participate online. All student winners at participating schools will receive medals. Once again we will be hosting a live National Final to witness Canada’s best and brightest grade 7-10 geography students competing to become our national champion. Stay tuned for updates on key dates, winners and more details at

Giant Floor Maps
As the giant floor map program continues to grow, requests continue to increase. This fall Canadian Geographic Education will begin to circulate one giant and four classrooms sized maps that focus on the evolution of cartography in the First World War as part of the Drawn to Victory map. Please visit for more information on all of our giant floor maps.

Neelin High School students collecting their first water specimens. (Photo: Sara Black)

Can Geo in the Classroom
If you haven’t yet seen the latest addition to the Can Geo Education suite of resources, be sure to see the amazing lesson ideas that are being put out with each new issue of the magazine. Each one links classroom activities directly to articles in the magazine encouraging teachers to use the Canadian Geographic in their class daily. All activities can be found at

As part of a larger program to engage students in geographic fieldwork, Can Geo Education hosted its first pilot BioBlitz in Riding Mountain National Park on October 6, 2015 with the support of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The Grade 12 students from Neelin High School in Brandon, Manitoba gathered, analyzed, and classified samples of rocks, water and organisms from the park’s creeks that feed into the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. Click here to see a story map prepared by the students and their teacher about this interactive day of learning. This program is being offered through the OPEN Water Lake Winnipeg Watershed initiative and will be expanded in the spring.

The Canadian Geographic Education Executive Committee is chaired by Fellow Connie Wyatt Anderson (The Pas, MB). Members include Fellows John Trites (Berwick, NS) representing the Atlantic region, Chantal Dery (Laval, QC) representing Québec, Kim Wallace (Burlington, ON) representing Ontario, Rob Langston (Brandon, MB representing Manitoba, Andrew Kitchen (Saskatoon, SK) representing Saskatchewan, Don McLaughlin (Calgary, AB) representing Alberta, Jozsef Budai (Burnaby, BC) representing British Columbia, Catherine Pak (Cambridge Bay, NU) representing the Territories and Lynn Moorman (Calgary, AB) representing Post-secondary education.

Expeditions Committee

The Expeditions Committee funded five expeditions in 2015 all of which have been completed. The following are updates for each RCGS-funded expedition:

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag with the Les chemins de l’or bleu paddling expedition (Photo: Les chemins de l’or bleu/Facebook)

Expedition of the Year: Les chemins de l'or bleu
This expedition was a historic canoe camping adventure during which six travelers realized a dream to cross Canada via lakes and rivers. The expedition began April 25, 2015 on the icy waters of Lake of Two Mountains, Montreal. The expedition concluded in late autumn in Inuvik on the snowy banks of the Mackenzie River.

For more information about this expedition:
Expedition website
RCGS Expeditions page

Paddling Home
Paddling Home is the Gendreau-Berthiaume family, travelling with their young son they paddled approximately 5000km in 5 different provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec). They traveled on 4 rivers that are part of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. This life-changing family expedition ended in late September.

For more information about this expedition:
Expedition website
RCGS Expeditions page

Together to the Tundra Expedition. (Photo: Courtesy Dan Clark)

Together to the Tundra
Together to the Tundra explored waterways of ages past in Canada’s least populated biome. A young family of four, plus two friends, have all returned from a two-month journey through some of Canada's most remote landscapes. Dan Clark, Alice Young Clark, their children Koby and Ava Fei (7 and 5 years old, respectively), and their friends Bruce Bembridge and Marilyn Toulouse paddled from Yellowknife, along Great Slave Lake and passed through the proposed Thaydene Nene National Park on the historic Pike’s Portage route. The expedition stretched over 1,000 kilometres and included portages, upstream travel, exposed lakes and whitewater rivers.

For more information about this expedition:
Expedition website
RCGS Expeditions page

Mt. Edziza, from the Tahltan Leadership Expedition. (Photo: Mike Schauch)

Tahltan Leadership Expedition
The Tahltan Leadership Expedition was a 12-day backpacking trip and journey of learning on the land undertaken by a multi-generational, multi-cultural team of Tahltan and non-Tahltan alike; this journey was recorded by film, photography, and art. The documentary resulting from the Expedition has been premiering at film festivals across Canada and internationally. The Tahltan Leadership expedition has also finished the documentary about their initiative. The documentary is titled Colours of Edziza,

For more information about this expedition:
Expedition website
RCGS Expeditions page

The Great Hike, last year’s Expedition of the Year once again received funding to finish the last leg of Dana Meise’s solo hike to all three of Canada's Oceans via the Trans Canada Trail. Unfortunately, his journey was not completed this year due to unforeseen circumstances. Undaunted, Meise plans to complete the journey in the Spring 2016.

For more information about this expedition:
Expedition website
RCGS Expeditions page

The deadline for applications for 2016 expedition grants is January 21, 2016. Details on the application process can be found online at

The Expeditions Committee is co-chaired by Fellows Michael Schmidt (North Saanich, BC), and Bernard Voyer (Montreal, QC). Members include Fellows Jean-Marie Beaulieu (Chelsea, QC), Lisel Currie (Calgary, AB), Judith Kennedy (Ottawa, ON), David Pelly (Ottawa, ON) and Steve Smith (Canmore, AB).

Research Grants Committee

RCGS Research Grant. Crosscut. A humpback whale previously undocumented in BC. She was teaching her Calf how to tail slap In Fife Sound, BC on April 29th 2015. (Photo: Mackenzie Bartlett)

The Research Grants Committee funded five research initiatives for the 2015 season. Funding has been distributed and all five projects are currently underway.  Research topics include:

As research summaries are completed, they will be added to the RCGS website at the links above.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 round of funding. The deadline to apply is February 14th, 2016. More information can be found at:

The Research Committee is chaired by Fellow James Boxall (Halifax, NS). Committee members include Chris Burn (Ottawa, ON), Christine Duverger-Harrison (Ottawa, ON), Alison Gill (Burnaby, BC), Peter Lafleur (Peterborough, ON), Sarah de Leeuw (Prince George, BC), and Robert Summerby-Murray (Halifax, NS).
Fellows in the news

NOTE: Contributions from the Fellows are published in the language in which they are submitted.

Peter Adams and Alan Brunger were co-authors/editors of Finding Champlain’s Dream / Dècouvrir le Rêve de Champlain, published by Trent Valley Archives, Peterborough, in September. This book commemorates the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s visits to the Peterborough area of east central Ontario. Available from Trent Valley Archives, 567 Carnegie Ave, Peterborough, ON K9L 1N1,, $20 plus postage.

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Meg Beckel, CEO Canadian Museum of Nature, attended an open house at the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum on September 3, 2015. Over 2000 visitors attended. Named after Canada’s leading palaeontologist Dr. Philip Currie, the new museum honours his lifelong commitment to the discovery and study of palaeo-heritage. What is interesting however is the role played by a school teacher in the creation of this new museum. As noted on the museum’s website “Al Lakusta stumbled upon something exciting while out on a nature walk one day at Pipestone Creek. His findings that day in 1974 would eventually be identified as bones of a yet to be discovered species Pachyrhinosaurus — a type of horned dinosaur, which subsequently was re-christened Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai after Lakusta.”

Eventually the palaeontologists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, including Dr. Currie examined that same area and realized there were thousands of bones in a massive area that has since become a treasure trove of fossil finds that eventually inspired the creation of a new museum.

Pierre Bergeron of Gatineau, Quebec was appointed a member of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015 in recognition of his contributions as a champion of Ontario’s Francophone community, and for his efforts to build bridges between communities as a journalist and administrator.

Sarah Boon is a co-founder and the Editorial Manager of Science Borealis, Canada's science blog aggregator. Science Borealis will be hosting a panel discussion on science policy and blogging at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, November 25-27. This panel includes Canadian Geographic's New Media Editor, Sabrina Doyle.  Science Borealis is also soliciting articles about Canadian research and outreach activities to feature on our blog. In the past we've featured MITACS, Do Bugs Need Drugs?, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Association of Polar Early Career Academics. Please contact Sarah Boon with your ideas.

On June 1st, Don Boyes of the University of Toronto was honoured to receive the Canadian Association of Geographers Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate GIS courses, ranging in size from small to large (20 to over 160 students) and receives excellent course evaluations, year in and year out.

The citation is available at

George Burden in front of the Antonine wall at Seabegs Wood

A bronze coin of Antoninus Pius who built the Roman wall at Seabegs Woods.

George Burden, Baron of Seabegs, recently did a field study of Seabegs Woods, a portion of the Barony of Seabegs which contains the best preserved section of the 2nd century CE Roman wall that protected the Roman Empire in Scotland from Pictish invaders.

George is in the process of donating his extensive collection of ancient Roman coins to Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The collection comprises 182 coins bearing portraits of Roman emperors and their families ranging a bronze colonial issue depicting Julius Caesar up to gold solidi of Anthemius, Focas and Justin II from the early Byzantine period.

George Burden visited Glasgow University's world-renowned Hunterian Museum while in Scotland. He had access to a collection of fine marbles from the forts along the Antonine wall.

International Expert Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. From left to right: Alissandra Cummins, Director of Barbados Museum, Stephen Ziff, Chair of the Charleston World Heritage Coalition, and Christina Cameron, Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, University of Montréal. (photo: A. Kruse)

From August 19 to 21, 2015, Christina Cameron joined a small group of international experts to advise the Charleston World Heritage Coalition on different approaches to achieving World Heritage listing for the South Carolina city. After participation in a public forum and visits to historic Charleston, rural plantations and surviving rice fields, the group explored the potential of number of options before settling on a proposal that would focus on rice culture using a cultural landscape perspective.

As patron of the African World Heritage Fund, Christina Cameron presented an award for entrepreneurship to His Royal Highness Chief Mukuni during a side event on July 1, 2015 at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany. African state parties have identified the need for communities to derive socio-economic benefits from their heritage resources while ensuring their long-term sustainability. Chief Mukuni’s project at the Lwande Mixed Farm of the Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls World Heritage Site in Zambia and Zimbabwe is one of his many initiatives. He offered 20 hectares of land to diversify into mixed farming from solely selling curios and souvenirs to tourists visiting Victoria Falls. This was intended not only to protect the unique values of the World Heritage site from deforestation but also to provide an alternative source of income to support local families and improve their living standards. The award was received on his behalf by Mr. Collins Chipote, Director of National Heritage Conservation Commission of Zambia.

Entrepreneurship Award of African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) to His Royal Highness Chief Mukuni. From left to right: Webber Ndoro, Director AWHF, Collins Chipote, Director of National Heritage Conservation Commission of Zambia, and Christina Cameron, patron AWHF (photo: AWHF)

CBC has broadcast Silver Donald Cameron’s one-hour documentary about environmental rights. Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes, which aired on CBC-TV Atlantic on Sept 5. The one-minute trailer is on YouTube, and the whole show can be streamed at

Next: an expanded, feature-length film for the whole country on the same theme. Details at — and please note that there's a "Donate" button for those who wish to support the venture. 

Also, an article by Silver Donald Cameron on the conservation of Nova Scotia's 100 Wild Islands will appear in Canadian Geographic in December.

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity hosted its 3rd Annual Formal Celebration, The Wings of Hope Gala, at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo, California. As a founding member and General Counsel for Hope’s Haven, Ian Corzine helped drive the event towards success, raising significant funds towards enriching the quality of lives of children facing life threatening illnesses and serious injuries.  Recently, Hope’s Haven has almost accomplished its goal of delivering iPads to all of the pediatric hospital beds within Ventura County. Through this program, children have been given the opportunity to communicate, interact, be encouraged, and entertained while undergoing medical care.

A Managing Partner of West Corzine, LLP in Los Angeles, Camarillo, and Simi Valley, California, Ian is an avid skier, and passionate for the Canadian outdoors.  He is looking forward to his first trip to Ottawa this month, to participate in the College of Fellows Annual Dinner.

Aaron Doering

Aaron Doering has been nominated as a 2016 candidate for the Brock International Prize in Education. This honor recognizes educators who have “made a specific innovation or contribution to the science and art of education, resulting in a significant impact on the practice or understanding of the field of education.” Doering also recently received an award for a Journal of Geography publication, and published a new article in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education on fostering creativity through inquiry and adventure. His newest geography-focused education project is sponsored by GIS pioneer ESRI, and brings together GIS technology with adventure learning.

In June 2015, Carolyn Duhamel retired as Executive Director with the Manitoba School Boards Association after 15 years of service.

Jean Fournier de Trois-Rivières recevra à Rideau Hall, le 11 décembre prochain, la Médaille du service méritoire pour son engagement bénévole depuis plus de douze ans au sein du Conseil de liaison des Forces canadiennes. Cette médaille (civile) n'avait pas été octroyée depuis dix ans.

Medalist Dr. Shelagh Grant and Jon Grant enjoy the Polar Medal reception at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse

A geographer, a scientist, an Inuit elder and an underwater archeologist are among the first 10 Canadians to receive the Polar Medal, a new honour that recognizes people who have rendered extraordinary services in the Arctic, Antarctic and Canada’s North, highlighting their achievements in polar exploration and scientific discoveries.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presented the medals to Michel Allard, Marianne Douglas, John Geiger, Shelagh Grant, Ryan Harris, Louie Kamookak, Gerald Kisoun, Anne Morgan, Doug Stenton and 2nd Lt. Dorothy Tootoo on July 8 at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse.

Three of the recipients — Douglas, Geiger and Grant are Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society; a fourth, Kamookak, is a Fellow-elect.

“When I learned I was going to receive the medal, I thought of all the elders that had a great role in my work on a theory of where the ships might be,” said Kamookak, an Inuit oral historian who played a key role in helping find one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships, HMS Erebus, during the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition.

“I was thrilled that this honour was in recognition of my longstanding efforts to advance education about the Inuit and for the Inuit,” said Grant, who in addition to authoring books such as Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America, has spent much of her career as a historian and researcher focusing on the North.

“There are so many other equally or more deserving recipients whose names came to my mind,” said Douglas, one of Canada’s most experienced Arctic field scientists. “This is a great honour reflecting the work of my close colleagues and students over many years.”

“It is a tribute to the RCGS that its fellowship was so strongly represented in the inaugural presentations,” said Geiger, who also serves as CEO of the Society. “The Polar Medal is a tremendous way to recognize Canada’s leadership in the Arctic.”

Norman Hallendy's book An Intimate Wilderness: Travels Across a Land of Vast Horizons will be published by Greystone Books in early 2016.

Norman's photographic essay TAAHO illustrating life in the desert of the American southwest was on exhibition at the McMichael Gallery in August 2015. His extraordinary electronic exhibit and lecture Nizhoni ~ Nuna (a combination of Navajo and Inuktitut) meaning "The Beautiful Land," illustrated many striking similarities between the Canadian Arctic and the deserts of the American southwest. 

Luc Michel carefully picks up the lens from the sextant, the only piece that had fallen away from the otherwise intact relic. (Photo: Jill Heinerth)

Sir Christopher Ondaatje Exploration Medalist Jill Heinerth was on hand to document the retrieval of the sextant from the wreck of the Rose Castle in Bell Island Newfoundland. Diver Luc Michel from St. Pierre et Miquelon discovered the sextant more than a year ago in plain sight on the deck of the popular tourist diving destination. With the help of Rick Stanley of Ocean Quest Adventure Resort in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, the pair worked closely with provincial conservators from the award winning museum “The Rooms” who will shepherd the careful conservation of the precious piece. Thanks to Rick Stanley, the Bell Island shipwrecks are designated as a part of the Provincial Historic Sites Commemoration Program.

Jill Heinerth recently released a children’s book as a part of her We Are Water Project. The book has been published in ten languages (with more in progress) and is available on worldwide. Telling the story of a resident manatee in Crystal River, Florida, the motivational book teaches children to be good environmental stewards with a special emphasis on water conservation. All proceeds support Heinerth’s continuing efforts to spread water literacy worldwide.

Jill Heinerth is speaking at TEDYouth Nov. 14, 2015 in New York City. TEDYouth reaches beyond the auditorium via The event will be live streamed around the world. At TEDYouth 2015 — and at more than 100 TEDxYouth events tuning in live online around the globe — young people will gather to explore the event's theme, "Made in the Future.” This theme will provide youth with new perspectives on their own future job possibilities beyond traditional careers, some of which may not yet exist. TEDYouth 2015 is an opportunity for youth to think about the world in 2035, and to engage with experts who consider the corners of our intangible imagination to be the foundation for our potential future reality. TEDYouth will be streamed live, free of charge, in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Jill Heinerth has another big speaking opportunity coming up on Nov. 16 on the radio from 9pm-midnight PST. She is being interviewed by the most popular late night radio host in North America. Art Bell was fictionalized in the Hollywood movie “Day After Tomorrow” and has been interviewing people about science, technology, exploration and paranormal activities for decades. The show is now called “Midnight in the Desert” and is broadcast LIVE from 9pm to Midnight Pacific, Midnight to 3am Eastern for FREE, Monday thru Friday. It airs on many terrestrial radio stations including Toronto 1010 Talk Radio. You can listen via a link on, or use an app on your smartphone or tablet.

Jill also has a feature article out in this month’s DIVER magazine, which is published in Vancouver. She says they are very brave in taking on an important issue in diving, sexism. Although Jill frequently writes stories about adventure destinations and expeditions, this feels like the most important thing she has ever written.

Canadian Fisheries Land Rover

BC Fellow Ray Hyland recently departed on a six-month voyage, driving an original 1956 Canadian Fisheries Land Rover from London to Singapore, via Europe, Turkey, Iran, India, Myanmar, and SE Asia. Ray plans to tell the people he meets more about Canada, especially our varied ethnic backgrounds and cultures. The classic vehicle attracts attention and is a conversation-starter as well as looking non-threatening. He hopes to reach Singapore by February or March 2016.

Carleton University’s Jack Ives, eminent montologist and adjunct research professor of Geography and Environmental Studies has been selected to receive the world's highest award for mountain advocacy — the Lifetime Achievement edition of the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal. The award is presented for remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountainous regions. The medal recognizes Sir Edmund Hillary's own service on behalf of mountain people and their environment and encourages the continuing emulation of his example. Ives had a distinguished career as a geomorphologist and glaciologist before broadening his interests to include areas usually associated with human geography, development and other fields. His early research focused on the onset of glaciation and dynamics of glacial movement, avalanche mapping and the impact of cloud seeding. Later projects have ranged from the development of community-based trekking tourism in China to the first scientific study of Glacial Lake Outbreak Floods. Montology is the interdisciplinary study of all aspects of mountains, including highland-lowland linkages, and focuses particularly on mitigating and managing disasters, improving stewardship of mountain ecosystems and sustaining mountain livelihoods and culture.

Heather Jiskoot of the University of Lethbridge is on a 6-month study leave between 1 July and 31 Dec 2015, during which she is concentrating on her research.

TA Loeffler with five friends/co-adventurers canoed and portaged down the Kanairiktok River from Lake Shipiskan to the Labrador Sea this summer.

TA Loeffler’s report on her latest outdoor adventure Shipiskan to the sea: An attempt at words about Canoeing on the Kanairiktok River can be found on her website.

In June 2015, Paul Maddison became High Commissioner in Australia, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Gordon McBean received an American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award for 2015.  The Ambassador Award is given annually to one or up to five honorees in recognition for “outstanding contributions to the following area(s): societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool”. Established in 2013, the Ambassador Award honors members whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific discipline awards. The award furthers AGU’s strategic goals to promote collaboration and innovation, inform society about Earth and space science, and build the global talent pool.  The award includes AGU Conferred Fellow. More information can be found at

Gordon McBean

Gordon McBean was also made an International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Fellow — conferred.

Dr. McBean also received the 2015 Alumni Award of Distinction from the University of British Columbia. A leader in climate science, Gordon McBean has led global efforts to raise awareness about climate change impacts and played a key role in the development of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in 2007, with his IPCC colleagues and Al Gore, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now President of the International Council for Science.

With Celtic Lightning, bestselling author Ken McGoogan plunges into the perpetual debate about Canadian roots and identity: Who do we think we are? He argues that Canadians have never investigated the demographic reality that informs this book — the fact that more than nine million Canadians claim Scottish or Irish heritage.

Paul D. Miller has a new album with the legendary Kronos Quartet: REBIRTH OF A NATION. Conceived as a remix and reimagination of director D.W. Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation, Rebirth of a Nation, recorded with Kronos Quartet, is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how “…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms.”  Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Weiner Festwochen, and the Festival d’Automne a Paris, the project was Miller’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times.

The World Premiere Performance of The Hidden Code was held September 24 at the Charles Hayden Planetarium in Boston MA. Imagine a visual odyssey through the cosmos, driven by lush musical compositions and inspired by complex themes of astronomy, engineering, biology, and psychology. The world premiere of the newest work by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Commissioned by Dartmouth College's Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Miller composed The Hidden Code based on conversations with several of Dartmouth's leading researchers. This premiere performance features live appearances by Miller as well as Dartmouth theoretical physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander; Dartmouth physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser who will read his original poetry; and stunning original visuals created by the Charles Hayden Planetarium staff.

Alison Mountz, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, is currently on leave from Wilfrid Laurier University and based at the Canada Program at Harvard University as the WLMK Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies until 30 June 2016.

In June, Darren Platakis of Geospatial Niagara received a We Are Cities: Community Innovation Grant through Evergreen Canada for our TreeOcode Niagara project to create a comprehensive volunteer driven educational tree inventory of Niagara's Urban Forests. This particular grant is going to inventory trees in St. Catharines City Parks. We were one of 18 grant recipients from across Canada.

In July, Geospatial Niagara became an ihub portfolio company. ihub is an Educational Research & Innovation Hub located in Niagara that "facilitates collaboration amongst educators, students, parents, researchers, industry leaders and ihub Portfolio Companies to enhance and innovate the modern education experience and foster local economic development and growth." Geospatial Niagara became associated with them through the Niagara Minecraft project recently completed by students (now graduates) of the Niagara College GIS-Geospatial Management Program.

The map is a 1:1 representation of the Niagara Region's topography, road network and hydrology. The intention is to make the Niagara Minecraft map available for students and teachers in Niagara's public and secondary schools for educational purposes. Creating geography based lessons in Minecraft is also an intention.

Coming up on Monday, November 16, 2015 as part of Geography Awareness Week the second annual "Day of Geography" is taking place where we invite geographers and geoprofessionals from around the world to blog about their workday for the benefit of students across Canada and around the world. This is an excellent opportunity for RCGS Fellows to become involved to share information about their careers. If they wish to be a participant please email and an account can be set up OR email your contribution and it will be posted on your behalf. Please include name, organization, any pictures and their location (city, province/state/country)

Nain Elder Johannes Lampe (left) and France Rivet (centre).

France Rivet of Gatineau, QC saw her article Eight Labrador Inuit trapped in a 19th century human zoo published in Intercontinental Cry magazine be nominated for the first People Land Truth Awards. Her article Homecoming, published in the spring 2015 issue of Inuktitut magazine, was reprinted on the World Policy Institute’s blog Arctic in Context. Renowned French magazine GEO Histoire dedicated a 10-page article entitled Cinq Inuits dans un zoo (Five Inuit in a zoo) to the Labrador Inuit who died in Paris in 1881. The filming of the documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo, based on Abraham Ulrikab’s story, is now completed. It should air on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki in the coming months.

France Rivet de Gatineau a fait l’objet de reportages par les deux correspondants de Radio-Canada à Paris: Des Inuits exhibés comme bêtes de foire en Europe de Sylvain Desjardins a été diffusé à l’émission radiophonique L’heure du monde, puis Exhibés comme des bêtes de foire : le triste destin des premiers Inuits en Europe, de Jean-François Bélanger, a été diffusé au Téléjournal de Radio-Canada et de RDI. La revue française Géo Histoired’août-septembre 2015 a consacré un reportage de 10 pages, intitulé Cinq Inuits dans un zoo, aux Inuits du Labrador décédés à Paris il y aura bientôt 135 ans. Le tournage du documentaire Piégés dans un zoo humain est maintenant terminé. Le film devrait être diffusé  à TV5 au cours des prochains mois.

Denis St-Onge of Ottawa recently had a geological map published by the Geological Survey of Canada, which possibly could be his last map: DEEP ROSE LAKE, Nunavut, NTS 66-G north.

Adam Shoalts’ book, Alone Against the North, was launched on October 6, 2015. The book recounts Adam's adventures exploring isolated rivers in northern Canada alone, including two flag expeditions for the RCGS. Adam is speaking across Canada this fall about his book. Available on Amazon.

Olav Slaymaker, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in January this year. The actual investiture ceremony will take place at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, November 18.

Connie Wyatt Anderson of Manitoba was appointed the Chair of the Geographical Names Board of Canada earlier this year. All geographical names on official, federal government maps are authorized through the Names Board. The Board is comprised of 31 members and its chair is appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada. Each of the provinces and territories is represented, so also are various federal departments concerned with mapping, archives, defence, translation, Indian reserves, national parks and statistics. Connie is following in the footsteps of two other RCGS Fellows, Gisèle Jacob and Bruce Amos, who have both served as Chair of the Geographical Names Board.

L'inauguration du sentier de l’Explorateur qui mène au sommet qui porte le nom de Bernard Voyer. Jalonné par plusieurs panneaux relatant ses principales expéditions, ce sentier de 4 km culmine à 532m avec une belle vue sur la Réserve faunique de Rimouski.

Preserved DNA extracted from fossils found in Canada’s Yukon Territory has enabled Dr. Peter Heintzman of the University of California, Santa Cruz and RCGS Fellow Dr. Grant Zazula of the Government of Yukon's Palaeontology Program to reconstruct the family tree for the last known camel species to live in North America — the ice age western camel, Camelops hesternus. These results and new family tree are reported in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Western camels were one of roughly 70 mammal species that went extinct in North America at the end of the ice age, 13,000 years ago. This was a time when the Earth was coming out of the last ice age, and climates were warming, glaciers melting, and environments rapidly changing. It was also near the time when the first humans crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Asia and spread across North America. We know that these first peoples hunted western camels for meat, because butchered camel bones are found at a few early North American archeological sites.

Grant Zazula holds an ancient western camel foot bone.

Although hundreds of fossil sites with thousands of western camel fossils have been found in the warmer parts of western North America, such as California, Nevada, and Arizona, only a small handful of ice age camel bones have been found in Alaska and Yukon. As such, it came as a surprise to Dr. Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History when he picked out a couple of odd-looking bones from a pile of typical ice age mammal fossils at a gold mine on Hunker Creek, just outside of Dawson City, Yukon during field work in 2008. These bones turned out to be those of a rare western camel.

But like all good scientific tales, sometimes things are more complicated than they appear. Dr. Grant Zazula of the Yukon Government Palaeontology Program was a bit skeptical of where paleontologists had previously placed the ice age western camel on the family tree. To more closely investigate the history of these extinct camels, he sent small pieces from three of these bones to Dr. Heintzman, who is a postdoctoral scholar in the UCSC Paleogenomics lab headed by Dr. Beth Shapiro. Her group specializes in extracting and analyzing DNA preserved in fossils to examine their evolution and adaptations during the ice age.

Western Camel illustration by George Teichmann.

The genomic results completely contradicted the traditional paleontological story. Instead of being closely related to llamas and alpacas, as has been considered for decades, the ice age western camels are actually much more closely akin to living dromedary and bactrian camels. These Yukon fossils radically rearrange our understanding of the camel family tree.

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Dick Baine

Richard P. ("Dick") Baine died September 2, 2015. He was 88. Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Dick served for many years as a professor in the Geography department, Faculty of Education. He was active in the University of Toronto Association of Geography Alumni and was the recipient of numerous teaching and professional awards and the author of many geography texts. Dick was a long-time member of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and served on the Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. During that time, he was also served on the Executive for the Canadian Council for Geographic Education (known today as Canadian Geographic Education).

David Kirkwood

David H. W. Kirkwood passed away peacefully at home on July 31, 2015. David had a distinguished 36-year career as a public servant, serving in the Department of External Affairs, the Privy Council Office, National Defence and Transport Canada. After his retirement, David graciously lent his skills to many organizations including The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. David served on the Board of Governors from 1987 to 1997 and during that time held the post of Society Treasurer for seven years. In recognition of his many contributions over his 17-year involvement with the Society, David received the Society’s Camsell Medal in 2003.

Canadian Geographic Notes


Canadian Geographic Travel features the top foreign destinations Canadians flock to, including hidden gems in New York, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Nevada and California, a food tour in Mazatlan, Mexico, and a speculative fiction piece on how U.S. travel may change Cuban culture. Plus, the best of Barbados, Arizona, Maine and much more.


Canadian Geographic’s annual wildlife issue includes a feature exploring how the influx of killer whales in the Arctic may further impact the increasingly challenging existence of polar bears, an investigative piece on the disappearance of insects, a story on the fight to protect Nova Scotia’s 100 Wild Islands region, the inside-story of how the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is working in the Saskatchewan Delta, and much more.

January/ February 2016

This issue features Alanna Mitchell’s story about the 2015 RCGS-sponsored Malerualik Expedition. Led by Louie Kamookak on King William Island, the expedition was "designed to capture and record the transference of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge regarding Franklin to the next generation." Karan Smith gives an account of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Ski Marathon.  Our photo essay will tell the visual story of the ice road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. The ice road will be replaced by "a 140-kilometre all-weather highway creating permanent road access," and for the first time joining Canada by highway from coast to coast to coast in the next few years. Through an excerpt of Fellow Heidi Wyle’s yet-unpublished book, insights are revealed about the 2003 avalanche that killed seven Alberta students in British Columbia’s Glacier National Park. Last but not least is the 2015 RCGS awards special, featuring the Society's newest medallists, who will weigh in on everything from the importance of familiarity with your own country and geographical literacy to the hottest geography-related issues of the day (and the foreseeable future).


An all National Parks special with features on the Torngat Mountains National Park, Tuktut Nogait National Park and a "Best of the Parks" package (yet to be named).


Among many initiatives of the continuing effort to expand Canadian Geographic’s multi-platform approach, writers and photographers on assignment are increasingly proactively sharing field reports/photography via social media, particularly Twitter, to generate buzz and excitement of the content they are working on. Be sure to follow Canadian Geographic’s social media channels to see firsthand the promising results.

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The Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada has just won the Certificate of Appreciation from the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives. Here is what the Association noted about the atlas in their nomination letter: “Members of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives wish to acknowledge the cartographic production excellence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society with this certificate and encourage them to continue to map Canada’s landscape.”

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