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, the Gold Medal and the 3M Environmental Innovation Award.
THE 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 contributes to the general advancement of geography.
The 2016 Lawrence J. Burpee Medal recipient is Simon Winchester.
THE EREBUS MEDAL
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.
GEOGRAPHIC LITERACY AWARD
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 30th
The 2016 Geographic Literacy Award recipient is Doug Koegler.
THE GOLD MEDAL
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 2017 Gold Medal recipient is Sir David Attenborough.
THE MASSEY 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 2016 Massey Medal recipient is Dr. Steve Blasco.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL CEREMONY
The Society hosted a ceremony at the Army Officers Mess in Ottawa on April 2, 2012, during which Mr. Kevin MacLeod, Canadian Secretary to the Queen, presented Society recipients with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Society had previously been selected by the Diamond Jubilee Medal program at Rideau Hall as a partner organization and was given an allotment of 30 medals.