Established in 1959 by the Massey Foundation, the Massey Medal is awarded annually by the Society.
Its purpose is to recognize outstanding career achievement in the exploration,
development or description of the geography of Canada. Eligibility is restricted to Canadian citizens,
although in special circumstances, the Medal may be awarded to a non-Canadian, subject to
agreement by the Massey Foundation. It is always awarded to an individual, never a group.
In a year in which no nominee is deemed to qualify, the Medal may be withheld.
The presentation of the Massey Medal is usually made at Rideau Hall by the Society’s Patron,
the Governor General, when His/Her Excellency’s schedule permits. In years when this is not
possible, a special award ceremony is held at the College of Fellows Annual Dinner in Ottawa, with the President of the
The 2013 Massey Medal winner is Professor David Ley, Head of the Department of Geography of the University of British Columbia. A social and urban geographer, David Ley is known for his formative research on ‘gentrification’ in North American cities.
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How to nominate
Please look outside your organization, as well as within, when considering who might be an outstanding nominee.
You may submit one or more nominations for the medal.
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LISTING OF RECIPIENTS
A complete listing of Massey Medal since its inception in 1959.
“I grew up hearing all about the Sydney steel mill, the tar ponds and the controversy over the cleanup. The more I read and learned, the more my curiosity was piqued. It seemed a natural area for me to take my studies.”
— Hannah MacDonald,
Mount Allison University