A distinction named for the Inuit historian and educator, awarded by the Society to any person or organization which has been brought to the attention of the Executive Committee, Awards Committee, or to the CEO, as having made Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world. It is also awarded for a noteworthy deed that has served to advance the discipline of geography.
2019 Recipient: George Jacob
George Jacob is an author, museum designer, environmentalist and cultural thought leader. As president and CEO of the Bay Ecotarium, he is guiding a visionary project to create the world’s first living museum on climate change and ocean conservation in San Francisco. This state-of-the-art museum will showcase compelling, experiential marine-themed exhibits that will provide visitors with a platform to share experiences and spread awareness about ocean conservation.
Jacob has been recognized with numerous awards over the course of his career, during which he has planned and designed more than 50 museum projects. The most well-known Canadian project Jacob has led is the dynamic Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie, Alta., which explores paleontology through experiential learning.