Medals on wooden table

Past Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal winners


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).


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.


Alexandra Shackleton

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

Anthony Hendrie

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

Thomas E. Kierans

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


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.