Richard Boudreault is an internationally recognized leader in Arctic science and research.
Adrienne Clarkson, journalist, author, honorary chief, and co-founder of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, has played an inestimable role in fashioning an understanding of Canadian identity.
Dr. Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall, anthropologist, primatologist, author, educator and environmentalist, is known internationally for her ground-breaking research with wild chimpanzees in Africa and for her indefatigable advocacy on behalf of the environment.
Trans Canada Trail
The Great Trail has been called the contemporary equivalent of the national dream, connecting millions of Canadians and exposing them to their natural heritage and remarkable geography, to new people and communities.
National Chief Bellegarde is a strong advocate for honouring and implementing inherent rights and Treaty rights, title and jurisdiction. Drawing on the strong beliefs and traditions instilled in him by the many Chiefs and Elders he has known, National Chief Bellegarde is passionate about creating real, measurable progress on priorities that matter most to First Nations and that will close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and the rest of Canada.
Clément Chartier is a lawyer, writer, activist, lecturer, and leader who has served in both political and administrative capacities with Indigenous Peoples’ organizations in Canada and abroad.
Natan Obed has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well-being of Inuit in Canada. He has been instrumental in working towards a renewed relationship with the Government of Canada based on mutual respect.
As the founding director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Ry Moran has worked tirelessly to build a vibrant, dynamic and effective organization that generates awareness and understanding among all Canadians about Indigenous issues, past, present and future.
Roberta Jamieson is an inspirational leader who has garnered national acclaim and recognition for her role in shaping public policy and good governance in Canada and for her successful efforts to advance the educational outcomes of Indigenous students nationwide.
Sir David Attenborough
Presented in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing public awareness of the natural world.
Lightfoot is a singer-songwriter and prolific Canadian cultural ambassador with more than 20 bestselling albums.
John Turner is Canada’s 17th Prime Minister; served for decades as a public servant and has travelled extensively in the Arctic.
Marc R. St-Onge
Paul F. Hoffman
Geological Survey of Canada
The society is pleased to award the 2015 medal to Dr. Jacob Verhoef. As Director of the Geological Survey of Canada, Atlantic, Dr. Verhoef recognized the unique role of Natural Resources Canada in this endeavor and spearheaded Canadian efforts for the UNCLOS Extended Continental Shelf mapping program.
A tireless advocate for Canadian writers, Graeme Gibson has been instrumental in the foundation and the development of major writers’ organizations.
Her contribution to literature through a remarkable and globally celebrated body of work, Margaret Atwood has deepened our understanding of the relationship between literature and geography.
Canada’s Astronauts and the Canadian Space Agency
From brain surgeons to rocket scientists, each one of the eight former and current Canadian astronauts honoured with this medal has made achievements in the broad field of geography and been a part of important national and international events.
For his contribution to geographical literacy.
For his work to make the RCGS a leading educational force in Canada.
Yvan Desy and Sylvain Lemay of Natural Resources Canada
For the completion of the topographic mapping of Canada at the 1:50 000 scale.
Dr. Phillip Currie
Sir Christopher Ondaatje
For his long abiding support for geography.
Dr. Jerry Linenger
For his outstanding contribution to furthering geographic education around the world.
Parks Canada, the Dehcho First Nations and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
For their collaborative efforts to protect the Nahanni Wilderness Reserve.
For his outstanding contribution to popularizing geographic education.
Canadian International Polar Year National Committee
For its guidance and vital role in ensuring the success of Canada’s IPY 2007-2008 program
Dr. Wade Davis
The Nature of Québec/Le Québec au naturel
The Atlas of Canada
Roger F. Tomlinson
Gilbert M. Grosvenor
Harold K. Eidsvik
Dr. Lawrence W. Morley
Dr. Victor K. Prest
The Historical Atlas of Canada, volumes II and III
The Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume I
William G. Dean
Richard Colebrook Harris
Geoffrey J. Matthews
Dr. Derek C. Ford
Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson
National Atlas of Canada
Maj. Gen. William J. Megill
Dr. Stainislaw Lesczychki