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
David Livingstone knows full well the challenges of treading a fine line between the conflicting interests of resource
development and conservation. At one point during his 16 years as director of Renewable Resources and
Environment for the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in the Northwest Territories,
he was responsible for mining development as well as the remediation of abandoned, contaminated mine sites. But
Livingstone, who retired in 2009, believes the two endeavours are not incompatible. “Let’s have development,
but let’s make it responsible,” he says, “and let’s make sure it’s in the context of sound environmental stewardship.” …
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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.
The Summits of Canada – an expedition to climb the highest peaks in all provinces and territories. “Welcome to an historic expedition to tell Canadians and the world about Canada. The legacy of this quest is not the footprints we will leave on the mountains, but the impact on people’s lives. Together we can make a difference, one step at a time.”
— James Coleridge, Expedition Leader,
Summits of Canada