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Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I optimize my chance of successfully nominating someone?

  • Complete the nomination as described (no short cuts);
  • Be succinct in your wording; point form is often more effective;
  • Ensure that your nominee meets the criteria of outstanding achievements; this award is intended to recognize a broad range of achievement over time as opposed to a single event.

 
What happens if I submit after the deadline?

  • The nomination will not be accepted for the current nomination cycle;
  • You will be notified as such at time of submission; submission will be queued for the subsequent year.

Can I nominate a Canadian for exploratory achievement that is primarily outside of Canada?

  • Yes.

Can I nominate a non-Canadian for exploratory achievement that is in Canada?

  • Yes

Can I nominate a non-Canadian for exploratory achievement that is primarily outside of Canada?

  • No

Can I nominate a team or group of people?

  • This medal is intended to recognize the work of an individual explorer for singular achievements. 
  • However in special circumstances the RCGS may consider nominations for individuals who have demonstrated as a group or team, cohesive and collaborative exploration.

Can the medal be awarded posthumously?

  • Posthumous awards are not typically given, but may be considered in very exceptional circumstances.

How many nominations can I submit in a given year?

  • Up to three (3) nominations per year (September 6 – September 5)

How often is this medal awarded?

  • The Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal is normally awarded annually.

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