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Gold Medal

2019 Recipients

Richard Boudreault

Richard Boudreault is an internationally recognized leader in Arctic science and research. Since 2015, Mr. Boudreault has served as Chair of the Board of Polar Knowledge Canada, the agency responsible for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). He has demonstrated an irrefutable commitment to improving Northern research, to integrating traditional knowledge of First Nations and Inuit communities in current and future polar research, exploration and science streams, and to reaching a higher level of efficiency by building capacity, enhancing collaboration and fostering national cohesion.

Mr. Boudreault, a Fellow of the RCGS, served for many years on the Canadian Space Agency Board where he was instrumental in securing the Radarsat satellite constellation, a primary tool for Arctic cryospheric, environmental baselining and polar research. His many contributions to research in the field of environment, clean energy and clean technologies in the North are further evidence of his commitment and achievement.

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

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Adrienne Clarkson, journalist, author, honorary chief, and co-founder of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, has played an inestimable role in fashioning an understanding of Canadian identity.

As Governor General and Honorary Patron of the RCGS, Ms. Clarkson was a tireless advocate for the Society’s mission and values, and was herself an explorer of the first order. As she journeyed extensively across the Canadian landscapes — human, cultural and physical — she evinced a particular affinity for the North, drawing public attention to our highest latitudes.
Ms. Clarkson displays a profound understanding of the geographic concept of place, 
the genesis of our sense of identity, community and belonging.

Jane Goodall, DBE

Jane Goodall (Photo: Michael Neugebauer)

Dr. Jane Goodall, anthropologist, primatologist, author, educator and environmentalist,
is known internationally for her ground-breaking research with wild chimpanzees in Africa and for her indefatigable advocacy on behalf of the environment. Eloquent, passionate and hopeful, Jane Goodall leads through example as she raises awareness and understanding of the need for environmental conservation and sustainability. 
Through the Jane Goodall Institute, with its programs such as Roots and Shoots, she encourages individuals to recognize and exercise their personal agency to effect positive change in the world.

Researcher, writer and role model, Jane Goodall has already amassed an impressive legacy of environmental stewardship that is global in its impact and influence. The Gold Medal recognizes Jane Goodall for her the transformative role in raising environmental awareness and activism in Canada and throughout the world.

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