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The Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership

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).

How to nominate

All nominations must be made on-line.

The Martin Bergmann Medal recognizes excellence in Arctic leadership, as exemplified by Martin Bergmann and his multidisciplinary approach to meeting the challenges inherent in Canada’s Arctic. The medal is intended to be forward looking, and posthumous nominations will not be considered.

Evaluation Criteria
A two-page letter must clearly respond to the mandatory criteria and categories of qualifications outlined here.

Mandatory Criteria: 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.

To make a nomination, please submit the following:

  • A completed online Martin Bergmann Medal Nomination Form, including:
    1. Contact information for the nominator and nominee
    2. A two-page (maximum) nomination letter that:

      Specifically describes the nominee’s accomplishments in relation to the mandatory criteriaof collaboration supplemented by the other categories noted above, to justify why the individual is worthy of the Martin Bergmann Medal.

    3. An abridged version of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, including selected publications, films or other achievements. A strictly enforced total maximum of ten (10) pages is available for other CV and publications, etc.
    4. It is strongly recommended that up to four one-page letters of support for particular aspects of the nominee’s achievements be included in the nomination package.

Properly documented nominations submitted electronically and received at the Society’s office by 11:59 pm EST on June 30 will be considered in the medal awarding process. The Committee will retain nominations under consideration for a period of three years; nomination packages may be updated during that time.

We encourage you to submit nominations for the Martin Bergmann Medal. We wish to ensure that individuals worthy of the award are brought to the Society’s attention. Please look outside your organization, as well as within, when considering outstanding nominees.

All nominations must be submitted on-line.

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