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.