The Gold Medal of the Society was first bestowed in 1972 to honour the International
Geographical Union (IGU) for choosing Canada as the venue of its
22nd International Congress, and to recognize the achievements of
the IGU President.
That award clearly illustrates the purpose for which the Gold Medal
was created: to provide an opportunity for the Society to recognize:
(a) a particular achievement by one or more individuals in the
general field of geography; or
(b) a significant national or international event.
In the case of (b), the Medal is awarded to an appropriate individual
or group of individuals representative of the occasion. Normally,
the special achievements or events for which the medal is awarded
are well known. No regular interval (annual, biannual, etc.) is
established for the awarding of the Gold Medal. It is presented
whenever the Society's Board of Governors decides its bestowal is
appropriate to recognize a particular achievement or event.
The time, place and program of the ceremony to present the Gold Medal is decided
by the Board of Governors after careful consideration of the circumstances
surrounding the event or achievement for which the Medal is being
How to nominate
Please look outside your organization, as well as within, when considering who might be an outstanding nominee.
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LISTING OF RECIPIENTS
A complete listing of Gold Medal since its inception in 1972.