Medals on wooden table

Gagnants des prix précédents

Récipiendaires des prix au cours des 10 dernières années

Médaille Massey

2019
Dr Derek Clifford Ford

Derek Ford est renommé sur la scène internationale à titre d’éminent spécialiste au Canada en matière de karst et de ressources présentes dans les cavernes au pays.

2018
Arthur J. Ray

Le professeur Arthur Ray, Fellow de la Société, géographe et historien distingué de renommée internationale, fut l’un des premiers à utiliser les vastes archives de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson pour en tirer des données économiques et ethnohistoriques permettant d’interpréter la géographie historique des Premières Nations du Canada à partir des premiers contacts avec les Européens.

2017
Dr David Morrison

Dr David Morrison est l’un des universitaires les plus réputés au monde dans le champ de l’archéologie de l’Arctique et un chef de file dans le domaine des musées. La plupart des connaissances que nous avons au sujet de la longue histoire de la culture des Inuits et des Inuvialuit de l’Arctique canadien découle directement de son travail sur le terrain prolifique et de ses publications novatrices.

2016
Dr Steve Blasco

Dr Blasco est récemment retraité de l’Institut océanographique de Bedford, Commission géologique du Canada, après plus de 39 ans de carrière dédiée à la recherche scientifique dans les milieux marins du Canada.

2015
Brian Osborne

Tout en inspirant les élèves grâce à son enthousiasme pour la géographie depuis qu’il a commencé à enseigner à l’Université Queen’s en 1967, Brian a rédigé des publications abondantes sur l’histoire de Kingston et il a étudié l’établissement des colonies au pays de Galles, au Colorado, dans l’Ouest canadien et en Ontario.

2014
Dr Derald Smith

Dr Smith a acquis une réputation internationale en tant que principale figure d’autorité concernant les rivières anastomosées – un type particulier de modèle de rivière stable et multivoie présent dans des cours d’eau à faible gradient tels que les deltas –, mais également pour son travail d’avant-garde portant sur le radar servant au sondage du sol.

2013
David Ley

Géographe social et urbain, David Ley est connu pour ses recherches déterminantes sur la « gentrification » dans les villes d’Amérique du Nord. Il est également reconnu pour son travail en tant que directeur fondateur du Vancouver Metropolis Centre of Excellence, un centre de recherches interdisciplinaires fondé en 1996.

2012
Graeme Wynn

Graeme Wynn est un géographe historien et un historien environnemental de renommée mondiale. Durant sa carrière de presque 40 ans, Wynn a contribué à l’étude des champs suivants : l’exploitation, la conservation et la gestion forestière, l’histoire des migrations et de l’établissement des colonies et les intersections entre l’environnement et la structure politique.

2011
David Livingstone

David Livingstone connait parfaitement les défis d’établir un équilibre entre les intérêts conflictuels du développement des ressources et de la conservation. À un certain moment durant sa carrière de 16 ans à titre de directeur des Ressources renouvelables et de l’Environnement pour le ministère fédéral des Affaires indiennes et du Nord canadien des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, il était responsable de l’exploitation minière ainsi que de l’assainissement des sites miniers abandonnés et contaminés.

2010
Raymond Price

Raymond, professeur émérite de géologie à l’Université Queen’s à Kingston (Ontario), a consacré une grande partie de sa carrière à déterminer comment les montagnes se forment, particulièrement au sud de la Cordillère canadienne.

Médaille d’or

2019
Richard Boudreault

Richard Boudreault est chef de file reconnu sur la scène internationale en science et recherche liées à l’Arctique.

Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson, journaliste, auteure, chef honoraire et cofondatrice de l’Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne, a joué un rôle inestimable dans le façonnement de notre compréhension de l’identité canadienne.

Dre Jane Goodall

Dre Jane Goodall, anthropologue, primatologue, auteure, enseignante et environnementaliste, est reconnue internationalement pour sa recherche novatrice avec les chimpanzés sauvages en Afrique et pour sa défense inlassable au nom de l’environnement.

2018
Le sentier Transcanadien 

Le Grand Sentier a été considéré comme le symbole contemporain du rêve national, liant des millions de Canadiens et les rapprochant ainsi de leur patrimoine naturel et de leur géographie exceptionnelle, de nouveaux peuples et collectivités.

Perry Bellegarde

Le chef national Perry Bellegarde est un ardent défenseur du respect et de l’application des droits inhérents et des droits issus de traités, des titres et de la juridiction. S’inspirant de fortes convictions et traditions inculquées en lui par les nombreux chefs et aînés qu’il a connus, le chef national Bellegarde est passionné par la création de progrès réel et mesurable concernant des priorités qui sont les plus chères aux Premières nations et qui réduiront l’écart de la qualité de vie entre les Premières nations et le reste du Canada.

Clément Chartier

Clément Chartier est un avocat, écrivain, activiste, conférencier et leader qui a occupé des rôles politiques et administratifs en collaboration avec des organismes des peuples autochtones au Canada et à l’étranger.

Natan Obed

Natan Obed a consacré sa carrière à la collaboration avec des organismes représentant les Inuits pour améliorer le bien-être de ces peuples au Canada. Il a joué un rôle fondamental dans le chemin vers une relation bonifiée avec le gouvernement du Canada, basée sur le respect mutuel.

Ry Moran

À titre de fondateur officiel du Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation, Ry Moran a travaillé sans relâche pour mettre sur pied une organisation efficace, dynamique et proactive qui cultive la sensibilisation et la compréhension parmi tous les Canadiens à propos des questions autochtones, du passé, du présent et de l’avenir.

Roberta Jamieson

Roberta Jamieson est une inspirante meneuse qui a suscité la reconnaissance et l’admiration à l’échelle nationale pour son rôle dans le façonnement des politiques et de la bonne gestion au Canada et pour ses efforts florissants dans le progrès des résultats scolaires des élèves autochtones partout au pays.

2017
Sir David Attenborough

Présenté en reconnaissance de ses contributions de toute une carrière à l’avancement de la sensibilisation du public pour le monde naturel. 

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon est un chanteur-compositeur et un prolifique ambassadeur culturel canadien qui a plus de 20 albums à succès. 

John Turner

John Turner est le 17e premier ministre du Canada. Il a été fonctionnaire pendant des décennies et il a beaucoup voyagé dans l’Arctique. 

2016
Marc R. St-Onge

Paul F. Hoffman

Denis St-Onge

La Commission géologique du Canada

2015
Dr Jacob Verhoef

La Société est ravie d’attribuer la médaille de 2015 à Dr Jacob Verhoef. En tant que directeur de la Commission géologique du Canada (Atlantique), Dr Verhoef a reconnu l’unique rôle de Ressources naturelles Canada dans ce projet et a dirigé les efforts du Canada dans le cadre du Programme du plateau continental étendu de UNCLOS.

Graeme Gibson

Ardent défenseur des écrivains canadiens, Graeme Gibson a joué un rôle important dans la création et le progrès de grands organismes d’écrivains.

Margaret Atwood

En raison de sa contribution à la littérature, grâce à des œuvres remarquables et reconnues mondialement, Margaret Atwood a approfondi notre compréhension de la relation existant entre la littérature et la géographie.

2014
Les astronautes canadiens et l’Agence spatiale canadienne

Qu’ils soient neurochirurgiens ou scientifiques, chacun de ces huit astronautes canadiens décorés de cette médaille, anciens ou actuels, a accompli des réalisations importantes dans le vaste champ de la géographie et a fait partie d’événements nationaux et internationaux marquants. 

2013
Michael Palin
Pour sa contribution à la connaissance géographique. 

Robert Bateman
Pour ses travaux afin d’élever la SGRC au premier plan au Canada en matière d’éducation. 

Direction de l’information cartographique de Ressources naturelles Canada
Pour la réalisation de la cartographie topographique du Canada à l’échelle 1:50 000.

2012
Philip Currie

2011
Sir Christopher Ondaatje
Pour son soutien de longue date à la géographie. 

Jerry Linenger, astronaute de la NASA
Pour sa contribution exceptionnelle pour promouvoir l’éducation géographique partout dans le monde.

Parcs Canada, les Premières Nations du Dehcho et la Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada
Pour souligner leurs efforts de collaboration pour protéger la réserve du parc national Nahanni.

2010
Alex Trebek
Pour sa contribution exceptionnelle pour faire connaitre l’éducation géographique. 

Le comité national du programme canadien de l’Année polaire internationale 
Pour son orientation et son rôle crucial pour veiller au succès du programme de l’API de 2007-2008 du Canada. 

 

CAMSELL MEDAL

2019
Beth Dye

Beth Dye, teacher, educator, coach, administrator and Fellow, has served the Society in a range of capacities for more than twenty years.

Joe Frey, CD

Joseph Frey is an explorer, diver, writer, speaker, world traveler, and tireless advocate for the Society and its mission.

2018
Dr. Paul Ruest

Ruest has been an active volunteer and contributor to the Society for 15 years. In 2011, he became vice-president of the Society and in 2014, he assumed the role of president. His focus and determination have resulted in a stronger, more diverse, dynamic and enterprising organization.

Élisabeth Nadeau

Élisabeth Nadeau became a Fellow over 20 years ago, and so began two decades of incomparable service to the Society. From her ardent support of Géographica, and through her many contributions to the Board of Governors, Awards Committee, Endowment Fund, Nominating Committee and By-Law Committee, Nadeau strengthened and enhanced the Society.

2017
Jody Decker

During a period when the Society was functioning under severe financial constraints, Jody Decker was a passionate and constant advocate for the funding of the research and grants program, emphasizing its importance to university students over the course of their geography studies.

Philip Howarth

As a long-standing member and chair of the Lectures Committee, Howarth delivered a national outreach program that engaged Canadians, served the Society’s educational mission, and raised the profile of the RCGS by establishing innovative new partnerships.

2016
Mark Graham

Vice-president, research and collections, Canadian Museum of Nature.

Peter Harrison and Christine Duverger-Harrison

Long-serving Society volunteers; Harrison is a past vice-president of the RCGS.

2015
Bruce Amos

Bruce Amos speaks and thinks passionately about Canada, Canadian Geography and the RCGS and our role in the Canadian fabric to promote Canada to the world. As photographer Bruce was the driving force behind the Can Geo Photo Club (2008). 

Louise Maffett

Louise Maffett became the Executive Director of the RCGS in 1995 a position she occupied until December 2010. During that period she was instrumental in the rapid and significant increase in membership, and very importantly in helping to raise the funds to launch Géographica. 

2014
Dr. Christopher Burn

Christopher Burn has served the Society for more than 20 years in positions including vice president and the chair of the Nominating, Research and Grants, and Policy and Planning committees.

Dr. Iain Wallace

Iain Wallace has served the Society for 31 years in board positions including the Awards, Editorial Advisory, Research and Grants, and Policy and Planning committees.

2013
Sir Christopher Ondaatje

After immigrating to Canada in 1956, Sir Christopher Ondaatje became a member of the Canadian Olympic bobsleigh team in 1964. He then moved on to a successful career in finance and publishing before becoming a writer and global adventurer.

2012
Jean Fournier

A Fellow and Governor of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) for more than 15 years, Jean Fournier has helped in fundraising efforts and was involved in the creation of the Canada Post envelope that marked the Society’s 75th anniversary in 2004.

2011
Gisèle Jacob

Gisèle Jacob was the first female president of the Society, a position she held from 2004 to 2010. A number of notable developments occurred under her leadership, including the launch of The Canadian Atlas Online and the publication of Canadian Geographic Travel.

Arthur E. Collin

Arthur E. Collin was president from 1998 to 2004, the year of the Society’s 75th anniversary and several special initiatives, including the joint publication of The Canadian Atlas with Reader’s Digest Canada.

2010
Pierre Bergeron

A journalist and former book and newspaper publisher, Bergeron offers an invaluable perspective on the publishing industry as a member of the Canadian Geographic Enterprises (CGE) Management Board and the Society’s Finance and Audit committees.

Helen Kerfoot

An Ottawa-based geographer with an unparalleled expertise in geographical names, Kerfoot has served on the Board of Governors and numerous committees. As a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, she helped form Canadian Geographic’s policy regarding Canadian place names. 

LAWRENCE J. BURPEE MEDAL

2019
Anne Innis Dagg

Anne Innis Dagg, biologist, zoologist, feminist, author and publisher, is acknowledged internationally as the founder of giraffe science. Her ground-breaking field work and subsequent academic study have led to her being credited with the establishment of the fields of giraffology and behavioural biology.

2018
Chris Cran

Chris Cran is a internationally recognized and widely exhibited visual artist, teacher and mentor. His art is represented in major galleries around the world and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions.

André Préfontaine

André Préfontaine, as president and publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises and latterly as executive director of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, led the Society through a critical period of financial upheaval and dramatic shifts in the world of magazine publishing.

Peter Suedfeld

Dr. Peter Suedfeld is a globally celebrated psychologist, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia, and scholar of human adaptation to extreme environments.

2017
President Jimmy Carter

Former United States President Jimmy Carter has been awarded the Lawrence J. Burpee medal in recognition of his role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity. 

Andrew Prossin

Andrew Prossin is an entrepreneur from Nova Scotia with a passion for conservation and environmental protection. Andrew Prossin is the founder and managing director of One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the exclusive travel partner of the RCGS.

2016
Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is a geologist, journalist and acclaimed author who has enhanced the ability of the RCGS to fulfill its mission and assisted in the general advancement of geography.

2015
Louie Kamookak

Louie Kamookak has dedicated his life to exploring the geographical legacy of the Canadian North and sharing his learning with Canadians and with the world.

Wendy Cecil

Since becoming a RCGS Fellow since 2012, Wendy Cecil has worked tirelessly to support the Society’s efforts to make the Society’s work better known to Canadians. 

Alex Trebek

While many of us know Alex Trebek as the celebrity host of Jeopardy! Trebek was also a champion of geographic learning and education. Through a generous donation, Alek Trebek reinstated the Can Geo Challenge’s face-to-face competition.

2014
Parks Canada Victoria Strait Dive Team –  Marc-Andre Bernier, Ryan Harris, Jonathan Moore and Andrew Campbell  

The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition made headlines around the world for its discovery of HMS Erebus, one of two exploration ships abandoned in 1848 while searching for the Northwest Passage.

SIR CHRISTOPHER ONDAATJE MEDAL FOR EXPLORATION 

2019
Dr. Charles (“Chas”) Yonge

Dr. Charles (« Chas ») Yonge has made significant contributions in Canada and internationally as a climber, cave explorer, scientist, entrepreneur and author for over forty years. 

2018
Chic Scott

Chic Scott is an adventurer, mentor, historian and writer, whose unwavering dedication to the pursuit, exploration, and enjoyment of mountaineering has led him to influence generations of Canadians through his work.

2017
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.

2016
Richard Weber

Richard Weber is an Arctic explorer and first Canadian to reach the North Pole on foot.

2015
Jean Lemire

Jean Lemire was leader of the expeditions Arctic Mission (2002), Whale Mission (2003), Antarctic Mission (2005) and The Last Continent (2007), all four carried aboard the Sedna IV. He has over 20 years of experience in marine biology and his filmography work includes 18 films.

2014
George Hobson

George Hobson is a geophysicist and seismic explorer. In his position as Director of the Polar Continental Shelf Project, Hobson’s logistical support contributed enormously to scientific and exploratory work in Canada’s Arctic.

2013
Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and film-maker.

Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal

2018

Laureen Harper

A Fellow and a fervent supporter of the Society, Laureen Harper has lent her talents to helping foster connections between the Society and other like-minded organizations, most notably the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).

2017

Phyllis Arnold

Phyllis Arnold, a former Governor of the society, has invested in geography education by establishing an endowment fund in her name to strengthen pedagogy and practice in geographic education in Canada.

Shelagh and Jon Grant

Shelagh Grant, an educator, historian and author, and Jon Grant, a business leader, are longstanding supporters of Can Geo Education.

Thomas Edward Kierans

Thomas Edward Kierans is a major figure in Canadian business and a national leader in public policy development and in the area of advanced research.

Bob Ramsay

A legendary connector in many spheres, Bob Ramsay has been instrumental in introducing The Royal Canadian Geographical Society to prospective supporters and in forging major partnerships between the Society and corporate partners.

Mike Robinson

As Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Mike Robinson has been responsible for modernizing, relocating, re-structuring and re-invigorating one of Scotland’s oldest educational charities.

2016

Alexandra Shackleton

Alexandra Shackleton is a philanthropist and lawyer (now retired), as well as a RCGS Advancement Committee member.

Anthony Hendrie

Anthony Hendrie is president of the James Caird Society and vice patron of the U.K. Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Thomas E. Kierans

Thomas E. Kierans is a business leader and dedicated supporter of Canadian culture, scientific research and public policy.

2015

Kathryn McCain

Kathryn McCain has served as chair of the McCain Foundation and as chair of the University of New Brunswick’s Board of Governors. She is a ellow and former Governor of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Milbry Polk

Milbry Polk worked for fifteen years as a photojournalist in the Middle East , South America and Asia.She co-founded Wings Trust, an educational organization and Wings WorldQuest which which celebrates the discoveries of women explorers and supports scientific exploration. 

THE MARTIN BERGMANN MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCTIC LEADERSHIP

2019

Dr. Wayne Pollard

Dr. Wayne Pollard is an accomplished member of the permafrost research community who describes himself, first and foremost, as a field scientist.

2018

Dr. James Drummond

Dr. James Drummond’s contributions in furthering Arctic research include his establishment of PEARL (Polar Environment Atmospheric Research), the globally-recognized Arctic flagship observatory that has contributed to a significant body of research. He is a highly sought-after and active contributor in the national and international scientific community, including his work on multiple high-level committees.

Dr. Derek Muir

Dr. Derek Muir is a leading Canadian environmental scientist and is considered a world leader in his field. For more than 35 years, Dr. Muir has contributed to the understanding of contaminants in the North and the impacts they have on Arctic ecosystems and people.

2017

Martin Fortier

Martin Fortier is the xecutive director of the Université Laval’s transdisciplinary research program Sentinel North. As the former executive director of ArcticNet, Fortier demonstrated exceptional leadership and forever changed the way Arctic research is done in Canada.

2016

Warwick Vincent

Warwick Vincent is a professor of biology and Canada Research Chair in biology at the Université Laval. where he studies polar aquatic food webs.

2015

Dr. John Smol

Dr. John Smol is a Professor of Biology and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change at Queen’s University.

2014

Dr. Donald Forbes

Dr. Donald Forbes has contributed to the Arctic through dozens of studies and mapping projects, and advanced our knowledge of climate change through his own work and by championing interdisciplinary collaborations.

2013

David Hik

David Hik is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta, and has been instrumental in fostering international collaboration on Arctic issues and the development of extensive research networks.

2012

Martin “Marty” Bergmann

Marty Bergmann was a great Canadian “networker”, and the network he built, based on passion for the Arctic, was his greatest career accomplishment. He connected hundreds of people with resources and with each other and in so doing, became a central lynch-pin of Canada’s pursuit of northern goals during two decades.

LOUIE KAMOOKAK MEDAL

2019

George Jacob

George Jacob is an author, museum designer, environmentalist and cultural thought leader.

2018

Josephine Kamookak

Josephine Kamookak is an educator whose appreciation for the value of Inuit traditional knowledge was shared by her partner and ally, celebrated historian Louie Kamookak.

Michael Palin

Michael Palin is a great ambassador for geography, and his book Erebus is a rollicking account, filled with derring-do, at times funny at times harrowing and tragic.

Gregory Copley

Gregory Copley, historian, author, editor, strategic analyst, and president of the International Strategic Studies Association, is a long-standing supporter of and staunch advocate for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Jared Harris

Harris is a celebrated English actor best known for his brilliant work both in film and television. His spell-binding portrayal of Captain Francis Crozier in the AMC series The Terror brought the story of Sir John Franklin’s tragic British Arctic expedition of 1845-48 to a wider audience.

Anne Kari Ovind

Her Excellency, Anne Kari Ovind, was prior to her posting as Norway’s Ambassador to Canada, Director of the Section for the High North, Polar Affairs and Marine Resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Kim Wallace

Kim Wallace is a teacher, author, mentor and leader in geographic education in Canada. As a Fellow of the Society, Kim has worked tirelessly to successfully develop and implement a forward-looking geography curriculum for Ontario. 

INNOVATION IN GEOGRAPHY TEACHING AWARD

2019

Mary Ellen Gucciardi

Mary Ellen Gucciardi is an accomplished educator with a passion for Canada’s North. Gucciardi is dedicated to experiential learning and to increasing understanding of the High Arctic between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

2018

Breanna Heels

Educator, adventurer, mentor and advocate, Breanna Heels’ innovative educational practice is informed and energized by the philosophy of “think globally, act locally.”

2017

Paula Huddy-Zubkowski

Paula Huddy-Zubkowski teaches Grade 2 at St. Joseph School in Calgary, where she inspires her students to take on big projects, such as starting a school composting program.

2016

Greg Neil

Greg Neil is a teacher at Connect Charter School in Calgary, where he has provided exemplary contributions in fostering geographic engagement and increasing the geographic literacy of his students.

2015

Janet Ruest

Janet Ruest has been teaching geography since 1988 and her commitment to her craft shows. Her students learn how to develop case studies based on collected flora and fauna samples, photographs, sketches, maps and graphs they’ve produced; note human and physical interactions; and make recommendations about how humans can reduce their impacts on the environment. 

2014

Mike Farley

A geography teacher since 2001, Mike Farley is currently the Department Coordinator of Canadian and World Studies at University of Toronto Schools in Toronto. 

2013

Andrew Young

Andrew Young is the geography and social science teacher you wish you’d had. At G.P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, B.C., and as a summer sessional geography instructor at the University of British Columbia, Young uses real-world examples to bring the discipline to life.

ALEX TREBEK MEDAL FOR GEOGRAPHIC LITERACY

2019

Andrew Young

Andrew Young is the geography and social science teacher you wish you’d had. At G.P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, B.C., and as a summer sessional geography instructor at the University of British Columbia, Young uses real-world examples to bring the discipline to life.

2018

Rob Langston

Rob Langston is an energetic, creative and accomplished educator at École secondaire Neelin High School in Brandon, Manitoba. He combines his passion for geography with a unique skill set, which has made a profound impact on the geographic literacy of his students, colleagues, and the wider educational community in Canada.

2017

Beth Dye

Beth Dye has been a teacher and a leader in geographic education for nearly 30 years. Beth Dye is the vice-principal at Twin Rivers Education Centre in Kamloops, B.C.

2016

Doug Koegler

Doug Koegler is a lecturer in the faculty of education at Wilfrid Laurier University, and previously an elementary and secondary teacher in Waterloo, Ontario.

2015

Zachary Vanthournout

Zachary Vanthournout is fearless in his commitment to finding innovative ways of making geography relevant to his students and the larger community of educators in Atlantic Canada.

2013

Anne Simth Mansfield

Anne Smith Mansfield instructs future geography teachers in the faculty of education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. She is credited with being the first person in Canada to use giant floor maps as teaching aids.

2012

James Boxall

James Boxall is director of the Geographical Information Sciences Centre at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, and helped co-found Can Geo Education (formerly Canadian Council for Geographic Education) in 1993.

2011

Al Friesen

Over 30 years of teaching, Al Friesen has focused on linking textbook learning with observation in the real world, starting a Geo-Fair at his school, discussing urban planning challenges through field study and building this experience into Manitoba’s geography curriculum.

2010

Stuart Semple

An adjunct professor of geography at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, N.B., Stuart Semple (right) has taught geography in Canada and his native Australia and has trained about 500 Canadian geography teachers, as well as International Baccalaureate teachers in Africa, North America and Europe.

2009

Eric Kramers

While the web was still in its infancy, Eric Kramers realized its potential for raising the level of geographic instruction in Canadian schools. Since then, the Ottawa-based cartographer has applied his technological savvy to promote the use of digital mapping and online resources in the classroom.

2008

Linda Gollick

Linda Gollick is head of the Canadian and world studies department at Toronto’s Loretto College School and has been Ontario coordinator for The Great Canadian Geography Challenge for the past 15 years.

2007

Robert Twerdoclib

For more than 20 years grade-nine social studies teacher Robert Twerdoclib, or “Mr. Geography” as he’s affectionately called by his peers, has worked tirelessly to advance geographical studies in the Alberta curriculum.

2006

Paul VanZant

Paul VanZant is head of geography and history at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, Ont.. During almost two decades of teaching, he has helped his students understand and appreciate the world around them and the place they have in it.

2005

Dick Mansfield

Dick Mansfield, from Kingston, Ontario, played a major role in the creation of the Great Canadian Geography Challenge and was a key player in the development of the Canadian Geographic Education, which he chaired through its early years.

2004

Dale Gregory

A retired geography, social studies and physical education teacher from Port Coquitlam, B.C., Dale Gregory is a founding member of the CCGE and has been chair of its B.C. chapter for six years. He also writes all the questions for The Great Canadian Geography Challenge, a process that has him compiling trivia 10 months a year.

2003

Lew French

Lewis French dedicated 34 years to geographic education. Today a a lecturer with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, he co-authored textbooks, helped write geography curricula and now instructs aspiring teachers at the University of Toronto.

2002

Margaret North

During her 38-year career, Margaret North rarely missed an opportunity to show her students how to apply what they learned in the classroom to the world surrounding them. As a specialist in vegetation mapping, she often lectured in the bogs and forest on the University of British Columbia campus’s fringe.

2001

Phyllis Arnold

Phyllis Arnold’s Arnold Publishing has sold about a million innovative and highly visual geography (left), history and social sciences texts nationwide. 

2000

John Trites

When  John Trites is not teaching geography at Horton High School in Wolfville, N.S., he is writing textbooks, collaborating with the provincial Department of Education on curriculum planning or speaking at workshops all over North America.

EREBUS MEDAL

Established by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2015, the Erebus Medal recognizes participants in the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition and their contributions to the discovery of HMS Erebus, the exploration ship commanded by Sir John Franklin and lost during his ill-fated 1845-48 expedition. All participants in the discovery, including those in the field and those who worked behind the scenes are recognized with the Erebus Medal. Together, they have rewritten the history books and underscored the importance of the geography of Canada’s Arctic.

Click here for a full listing of recipients of the Erebus Medal