Award Recipients since its inception in 1972
The information given below shows the place of employment
of the individual at the time of the award.
For his contribution to geographical literacy.
For his work to make the RCGS a leading educational force in Canada.
Mapping Information Branch of Natural Resources Canada
For the completion of the topographic mapping of Canada at the 1:50 000 scale.
Sir Christopher Ondaatje
For his long abiding support for geography.
NASA Astronaut Jerry Linenger
Parks Canada, the Dehcho First Nations and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
For his outstanding contribution to furthering geographic education around the world.
For their collaborative efforts to protect the Nahanni Wilderness Reserve.
Canadian International Polar Year National Committee
For his outstanding contribution to popularizing geographic education.
For its guidance and vital role in ensuring the success of Canada’s IPY 2007-2008 program.
For his extensive ethnographic fieldwork and his contribution to our knowledge of indigenous cultures.
The Nature of Québec/Le Québec
The first of a four-volume series, The Nature of Québec/Le Québec au naturel is
an ambitious bilingual coffee-table book and DVD on the geography of Quebec.
The Atlas of Canada
The Atlas of Canada, a program of the Earth Observation and GeoSolutions Division (EOGD)
of Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa, continues to chart Canada’s ever-changing physical,
economic and social landscape.
Jean Lemire, Îles
de la Madeleine, Québec
For his “Arctic Mission” expedition through the Northwest Passage collecting
scientific data and documenting on film the impact of climate change in the Arctic.
Edryd Shaw, Ottawa, Ontario
For the development of RADARSAT, Canada’s first remote sensing satellite.
Roger F. Tomlinson, Ottawa,
For his leadership role in the development of Geographic Information Systems.
Gordon Slade, Mount Pearl,
Newfoundland and Labrador
For his initiative and leadership in the restoration and preservation of the historical fishing
village of Battle Harbour, Labrador.
Norman Hallendy, Carp,
For his dedicated years of work to preserve the oral histories of the Inuit ands in recording
the significance of the inukshuk to northern life.
Bernard Voyer, Montréal,
For his achievement in being the first Canadian to reach all ’three poles’: the North Pole,
South Pole and the summit of Mt Everest.
Mary May Simon, Ottawa
For her pivotal contribution to the creation of the Arctic Council and her leadership in
building institutions to promote the well-being of Arctic peoples and environments.
Peter Gzowski, Toronto
For his ability to disseminate information about the cultures and peoples of Canada through
his CBC radio show Morningside.
Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Washington, D.C.
For his strategic support in establishing the Canadian
Council for Geographic Education and promoting geographic education in Canada
Harold K. Eidsvik, Ottawa
In recognition of his outstanding leadership in championing the application of natural and
social sciences to the identification and management of nationally significant ecological
areas in Canada.
Dr. Lawrence W. Morley, Owen Sound, Ontario
For his outstanding achievements in advancing the remote sensing sciences and their applications
to expanding the knowledge of Canada’s geography.
Dr. Victor K. Prest, Ottawa
Presented in recognition of his contributions to the knowledge of Canada’s physical geography
and glaciation through his numerous publications.
Historical Atlas of Canada, volumes II and III
Presented to Dr. R. Louis Gentilcore (Toronto),
Editor of Volume II, and to Dr. Deryck W. Holdsworth (Toronto) and Dr.
Donald Kerr (Toronto), editors of Volume III, as representatives of the team of
talented individuals who successfully brought ’this remarkable masterpiece of geographical
scholarship to fruition.’
Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume I
William G. Dean, Toronto
For his vision of the concept, for his dedication to the fulfillment of the Atlas and for
his rigorous leadership as the administrator of the Project.
R. Colebrook Harris, Vancouver
For his scholarly and thoughtful approach to this innovative exercise in historical interpretation
and for his adherence to excellence in presentation.
Geoffrey J. Matthews, Toronto
For his imagination and skill in refining the historical research material and transforming
it into elegantly and clearly displayed cartographic form.
Dr. Derek C. Ford, Hamilton
For his research in geomorphology, especially karst landforms and in radiometric dating methodology
of calcite cave deposits; and in particular his leadership in the exploration and analysis
of the Castleguard Caves.
Selma Barkham, Ottawa
For her work on the 16th-Century voyages of Basque whalers to Labrador, ‘a classic piece
of historical-geographical research’.
Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson, C.C., Toronto
For his outstanding contributions to the geosciences, which have been many, most notably
his world leadership in promoting the theory of drifting continents, but including contributions
to geography, including his pioneer work in the use of aerial photography and the first map
of the features of Canada left by the last Ice Age.
National Atlas of Canada (1974 Edition)
The original Gold Medal was presented to the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa,
the sponsoring arm of the Government of Canada in this enterprise, as an award to the team
of more than forty individuals responsible for the production of the atlas. (Replicas of
the medal were given to each of these individuals identified by the Department as contributing
significantly to its realization, and to the Macmillan Co. of Canada, which organized and
created the finished volume.)
Maj. Gen. William J. Megill, Kingston, Ont.
For his services as executive secretary of the Society and as editor of its magazine, 1959
Dr. Stanislaw Lesczychki, of Poland
For his achievements as a geographer in his own country and as president of the International
Geographical Union, and to honour the IGU for choosing Canada as the site of its 22nd International
Congress (Montreal, August, 1972).