2012 Winner - Graeme Wynn
Left to right: Paul Ruest, President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Dr. Graeme Wynn, and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and patron of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
(Photo: Matt Zambonin/Canadian Geographic)
Graeme Wynn is a world-renowned historical geographer and environmental historian. Over his nearly 40-year career, Wynn has contributed to the study of forest exploitation, conservation and management; histories of migration and settlement; and the intersections of environment and empire. He works as a professor at the University of British Columbia, where he has served as the Associate Dean for Arts and the Head of the Department of Geography.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Massey Medal is presented to Dr. Graeme Wynn in honour of his internationally renowned work on the development and description of Canada’s historical geography. Wynn has championed interdisciplinary studies with his work on environmental history and produced dozens of important papers.
For his lasting impact on guiding the future direction of geography through his positions as Associate Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia, and for mentoring countless students as head of the school’s Department of Geography, Dr. Wynn has been awarded the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.