To recognize outstanding achievement, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society annually presents each of the awards below to deserving individuals.
We encourage you to submit nominations for the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration, the Massey
Medal, and the Gold Medal.
The Massey Medal was established to honour those who have contributed to the
exploration, development or description of Canada’s geography.
Deadline for nominations: January 15th
The 2018 Massey Medal recipient is Arthur J. Ray.
The Gold Medal was
created to provide an opportunity for the Society to recognize a particular achievement
by one or more individuals in the general field of geography; or a significant national
or international event.
Deadline for nominations is March 14.
The 2019 Gold Medal recipients are Adrienne Clarkson and Dr. Jane Goodall.
LAWRENCE J. BURPEE MEDAL
Awarded to recognize an outstanding contribution or other achievement that greatly enhances the ability of the Society to fulfill its mission of making Canada better known on a national or international level, and/or contributes to the general advancement of geography.
The 2019 Lawrence J. Burpee Medal recipient is Anne Innis Dagg.
LOUIE KAMOOKAK MEDAL
The Louie Kamookak Medal: A distinction named for the Inuit historian and educator, awarded by the Society to any person or organization which has been brought to the attention of the Executive Committee, Awards Committee, or to the CEO, as having made Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world. It is also awarded for a noteworthy deed that has served to advance the discipline of geography.
The 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal recipient is George Jacob
ALEX TREBEK MEDAL FOR GEOGRAPHIC LITERACY
Many people work beyond the expectation of their professions toward heightening geographic literacy. This award is to recognize and honour their contributions.
Deadline for nominations: September 15th
The 2019 Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy recipient is Andrew Young.
In acknowledgement of Alex Trebek's ongoing support for the Society, particularly its education programs for Canadian youth, in 2019 the Society's Geographic Literacy Award has been renamed the Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy.
The Erebus Medal recognizes participants in the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition and their contributions to the discovery of HMS Erebus, the exploration ship commanded by Sir John Franklin and lost during his ill-fated 1845-48 expedition.
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.
This award is no longer awarded by the Society.