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Louie Kamookak Medal

2019 Recipient - George Jacob

George Jacob, President & CEO of California’s only Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay, inside the 750,000 gallon clear glass salt-water tunnels that hold over 23,000 fish including sharks and bat rays. RCGS Fellow Jacob leads 5 branches of the largest watershed conservation group in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Aquarium, Sea Lion Center, Bay Model Alliance, Bay Academy and the Bay Institute with a dedicated staff of 200. Plans are in the works to convert the Aquarium into a $260 million world-class Climate and Ocean Conservation Living Museum. (Photo: Bay Ecotarium)

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.


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