2017 RCGS MEDALLISTS
News from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
former prime minister of Canada and a past U.S. president, a legendary singer-songwriter and a renowned Arctic archeologist are among those awarded Society medals this year. All were recognized at the RCGS’S annual College of Fellows Dinner on Nov. 16 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.
Gold Medal (achievements in geography) David Attenborough Award-winning broadcaster and writer, the voice and face of BBC’S natural history programming Gordon Lightfoot Singer-songwriter, prolific Canadian cultural ambassador with more than 20 bestselling albums John Turner Canada’s 17th Prime Minister; served for decades as a public servant and has travelled extensively in the Arctic
Massey Medal (outstanding career achievement in Canadian geography) David Morrison Arctic archeologist; led development of the Canadian Museum of History’s new Canadian History Hall
Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration Pat and Baiba Morrow Mountaineers, photojournalists and filmmakers; Pat was the first climber in history to reach the Seven Summits Wade Davis Anthropologist, “plant explorer” and prolific author; has studied Indigenous cultures around the globe
Martin Bergmann Medal (excellence in Arctic leadership and science) Martin Fortier Executive director of the Université Laval’s transdisciplinary research program Sentinel North
Lawrence J. Burpee Medal (outstanding achievement that enhances the Society’s ability to make Canada better known) Jimmy Carter Former president of the United States, vastly expanded the national parks system; ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity Andrew Prossin Founder and managing director of One Ocean Expeditions, exclusive cruise partner of the RCGS
Camsell Medal (outstanding volunteer service to the RCGS) Jody Decker Professor emeritus of geography, Wilfrid Laurier University; past RCGS governor Phil Howarth Professor emeritus of geography, University of Waterloo; past RCGS governor Capt. Joseph-elzéar Bernier Medal (exemplary deed or activity that aids the Society in fulfilling its mandate) Phyllis Arnold A leading publisher of innovative educational resources; past RCGS governor Shelagh and Jon Grant Shelagh, an educator, historian and author, and Jon, a business leader, are longstanding supporters of Can Geo Education Bob Ramsay President of communication firm Ramsay Inc., founder of the Ramsaytalks lecture series and Ramsaytravel expeditions company Mike Robinson Royal Scottish Geographical Society CEO, relocated and reinvigorated the society, strengthening ties with other geographical organizations
Geographic Literacy Award Beth Dye Educator and administrator with nearly 30 years’ experience, has founded and fostered geography initiatives nationwide; past RCGS governor
Innovation in Geography Teaching Award Paula Huddy-zubkowski Teacher at Calgary’s St. Joseph Elementary and Junior High School; applies innovative, multidisciplinary approach to curriculum
Singer Gordon Lightfoot (second from left) was awarded the RCGS’S Gold Medal.