Established by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012, the medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership.”
It celebrates “Marty” Bergmann, a public servant with an outstanding passion and talent for networking that led him to link up scientists with resources and technology. Marty also connected science (Western and traditional knowledge) to policy makers and to others who could translate knowledge to action (e.g. innovators, business leaders, news-makers and authors).
The Martin Bergmann Medal is awarded for:
- distinguished accomplishments in Arctic leadership in the Canadian Arctic;
- excellence for a recent outstanding achievement, or for a lifetime of achievement, both being equally eligible.
2020 Recipient: Jason Edmunds
Jason Edmunds is a remarkable leader, a gifted logistician and an expert Arctic guide. An Inuk from Nunatsiavut, Edmunds leads Adventure Canada expeditions in the Arctic with thoughtfulness, sensitivity, graciousness and calm. Edmunds has developed personal relationships with staff on his expeditions — from Inuit culturalists, guides and biologists to musicians, painters and archaeologists — developing a culture of empathy such that his guests return home with knowledge, wisdom and newfound appreciation for Inuit and Arctic ecosystems.
Edmunds sits on the board for Travel Nunavut, the Indigenous Advisory Circle for the Peel Region School Board and the Toronto Inuit Association. He has worked as assistant director and Indigenous liaison for the Labrador Winter Games and monitored populations of polar bears. He is also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and of the Explorer’s Club. His belief in travel as a transformative, cultural and educational experience comes across not just to travelers, but to everyone he meets.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is proud to award The Martin Bergmann Medal to Jason Edmunds for his impressive leadership, mentorship and advocacy for Arctic peoples and environments.
A two-page letter must clearly respond to the mandatory criteria and categories of qualifications outlined here.
The nomination package must clearly demonstrate the nominee’s collaborative approach to improve any facet of Arctic knowledge and/or life for northerners.
In addition to the mandatory criteria, candidates will be evaluated on their qualifications in one or more of the following categories referring to the significance of contributions to Arctic leadership in any field including (but not exclusive to):
- Disciplinary and interdisciplinary science activities
- Education, communication and outreach activities
- Inspiration and influence on policy directions
- Teaching and mentoring of future Arctic leaders with a focus on training Indigenous people
- Discovery initiatives
Nominations can be made by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Nominations are accepted annually until June 30. Nominations will stand for a period of three years.
Bergmann Medal Nomination
A small fundraising committee set up by the adjudication committee is charged with raising sufficient funds to create an endowment to ensure the future of the award. These funds are managed by the Ottawa Community Foundation. The endowment fund for the medal will accept donations to a maximum of $125,000.
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