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College of Fellows Dinner 2010

Alex Trebek and Society past president Gisèle Jacob (Photo: David Barbour)

A touch of celebrity fever hit The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows Dinner. More than 330 people attended the event at Ottawa’s Château Laurier in November to hear guest speaker Alex Trebek, the long-time host of Jeopardy! and a recipient of the Society’s 2010 Gold Medal for his work in geographic education.

It was a bit of a homecoming for Trebek, who is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. He reminisced about the Château Laurier, where he got his first break in broadcasting working as a relief announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The job paid for his tuition and he was eventually hired fulltime by the CBC, along with another announcer. “I’m not sure what happened to the other fellow,” said Trebek, wryly. “His name was Lloyd Robertson.”

Sandra Odendahl of RBC with Antoni Lewkowicz of the University of Ottawa (at right) and Canadian Geographic publisher André Préfontaine. (Photo: David Barbour)
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, awards the Massey Medal to Raymond Price, a geologist and professor emeritus at Queen’s University. (Photo: David Barbour)

Frank van Biesen, vice-president of technology at Kruger Products, receives the 3M Environmental Innovation Award from Élise Maheu of 3M Canada. (Photo: David Barbour)
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea poses with Ian Church and David Hik, who accepted the 2010 Gold Medal on behalf of the Canadian International Polar Year National Committee. (Photo: David Barbour)

Kevin Nicholds, president of Dollco Printing, presents the dinner proceeds to Society president John Geiger. (Photo: David Barbour)
Guest speaker and Gold medallist Alex Trebek chats with Canadian Geographic editor-in-chief Eric Harris and former Society president Denis St-Onge. (Photo: David Barbour)

Guests contemplate items up for bid in the silent auction. (Photo: David Barbour)
Click here to view more photos taken at the dinner.

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