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Awards

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 MARTIN BERGMANN MEDAL

The Martin Bergmann Medal, established in 2012, recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science.”

Deadline for nominations: June 30th

The 2015 Martin Bergmann Medal recipient is Dr. John Smol.

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.

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 2015 Lawrence J. Burpee Medal recipients are Louie Kamookak, Wendy Cecil and Alex Trebek.

THE CAMSELL MEDAL

The Camsell Medal recognizes outstanding volunteer service to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Only RCGS Fellows may nominate individuals for the Camsell Medal.

Deadline for nominations: March 15th

The Camsell Medal recipients for 2015 are Bruce Amos and Louise Maffett.

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.

The 2015 3M Environmental Innovation Award recipient is GreenBug Energy Inc.

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 2015 Geographic Literacy Award recipient is Zachary Vanthournout, a geography teacher at Moncton High School in New Brunswick.

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 2015 Gold Medal recipients are Dr. Jacob Verhoef, Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood.

INNOVATION IN GEOGRAPHY TEACHING AWARD

The Innovation in Geography Teaching Award will be given to a Canadian educator currently working in a K-12 setting who is fostering geographic engagement and increasing the geographic literacy of their students.

Deadline for nominations: September 30th

The 2015 Innovation in Geography Teaching Award recipient is Janet Ruest .

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.

SIR CHRISTOPHER ONDAATJE MEDAL FOR EXPLORATION

Established in 2013, the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer or a non-Canadian for exploratory achievements within Canada.

Deadline for nominations: September 5th

The 2015 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration was awarded to Jean Lemire.

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.




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