Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - —Alexan­dra Pope

News from The Royal Cana­dian Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety

The vibe was elec­tric as more than 500 peo­ple gath­ered at the newly ren­o­vated Na­tional Arts Cen­tre in Ot­tawa on Nov. 1 to cel­e­brate what will be re­mem­bered as a mile­stone year for The Royal Cana­dian Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety. 2018 saw the So­ci­ety move into a his­toric new head­quar­ters in the po­lit­i­cal and cer­e­mo­nial heart of Ot­tawa on Sus­sex Drive, com­plete work on a ground­break­ing ed­u­ca­tional re­source in part­ner­ship with First Na­tions, Métis and Inuit or­ga­ni­za­tions, and take part in the recom­mis­sion­ing of the RCGS Res­o­lute, the first ves­sel to be flagged as a “Royal Cana­dian Geo­graph­i­cal Ship.” With all that and more go­ing on, it’s no won­der at­ten­dance at this year’s Col­lege of Fel­lows Din­ner was the high­est ever. Prom­i­nent guests in­cluded David John­ston, the for­mer gov­er­nor gen­eral of Canada, and his wife Sharon; Her Ex­cel­lency Anne Kari Hansen Ovind, am­bas­sador of Nor­way to Canada; ac­tor Jared Har­ris of Mad Men, The Crown and The Ter­ror fame; Johnny Is­saluk, the Inuit Games great and The Ter­ror ac­tor; Philip Hat­field, head of the Bri­tish Li­brary’s Ec­cles Cen­tre for Amer­i­can Stud­ies; vis­ual artist Chris Cran; and moun­taineer Charles “Chic” Scott. Not only did the So­ci­ety add a new Hon­orary Vice-pres­i­dent (un­der­wa­ter ex­plo­ration leg­end Joe Macin­nis), a new an­nual award (the Louie Kamookak Medal, in mem­ory of the oral his­to­rian, who died in March) and a new Ex­plorer-in-Res­i­dence (ul­tra­ma­rathon run­ner and ad­ven­turer Ray Za­hab), the 2018 ad­di­tion of 85 Fel­lows brings the to­tal num­ber to more than 1,000 for the first time in the So­ci­ety’s his­tory. Read on for more of the evening’s high­lights.


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