2015 Recipients - Bruce Amos and Louise Maffett
Bruce Amos speaks and thinks passionately about Canada, Canadian Geography and the RCGS and our role in the Canadian fabric to promote Canada to the world. As photographer Bruce was the driving force behind the Can Geo Photo Club (2008). Within a year of launch the club had attracted 8000 members with another 2,000 people subscribing to “Through the Lens”.
Bruce served many concurrent terms on committees and on both Boards over 12 years starting in 2002:
- RCGS Board: 12 years, six as Vice‐President;
- Editorial Advisory Committee: 9yrs;
- Lectures Committee: 2yrs;
- Policy and Planning Committee: 8yrs, 3 as chair;
- Program Integration: 1yr
- CGE Management Board: 11yrs, 7 as chair;
Louise Maffett has been involved with Geography since the beginning of her career. Following graduation, she worked for Environment Canada as the Registrar for the 22nd International Geographical Congress held in Montreal in 1972. Some 3,000 delegates from around the world attended this congress, held once every four years and for the first time in Canada.
After the Geographical Congress, she joined Canada Post in their postage stamp division. She held a variety of positions rising to the senior executive level as Corporate Manager of Stamps & Philately in 1988. During her tenure, philatelic revenue grew to $30 million annually.
But, more importantly, having served as a volunteer and Governor of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society since 1988, she became the Executive Director in 1995 a position she occupied until December 2010. During that period she was instrumental in the rapid and significant increase in membership, and very importantly in helping to raise the funds to launch Géographica. She continues to serve the Society as the editor of The Fellows Newsletter an essential communication link between those dedicated to the objective of the Society.