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Celebrating 75

From left to right: Jean Lemire, Larry Bourne and Edryd Shaw
(Photo: David Barbour)
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
(Photo: David Barbour)

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and Canadian Geographic threw a 75th birthday party in Ottawa in November to honour some of the country’s top researchers, with the help of Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, who is patron of the Society.

“Mackenzie King once stated that while ‘some countries have too much history, we have too much geography,’” said Clarkson. “Do you suppose this had anything to do with Charles Camsell and his associates having just published the first Canadian Geographical Journal?”

Clarkson awarded the Massey Medal to urban geographer Larry Bourne and Gold Medals to biologist and documentary filmmaker Jean Lemire and remote-sensing pioneer Edryd Shaw. At a luncheon the following day, former RCGS president Alex. T. Davidson and former RCGS governor Samuel Arseneault were also recognized with Camsell Awards for their outstanding contributions as volunteers with the Society.

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