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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society annually presents a number of medals and awards to deserving individuals, including the Massey Medal to recognize those who have contributed to the exploration, development or description of Canada’s geography. This year Dr. Ellsworth LeDrew, geographer, climatologist and remote sensing specialist, was awarded the Massey Medal.
LeDrew has made major contributions to the understanding of the changing climate in the Arctic and has spearheaded an Arctic data management system that is available to both scientists and citizens. Over four decades of research, Dr. LeDrew has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and more than 256 conference proceedings. His body of work has allowed us to better understand how key climate processes work.
Among many roles, he served with the Canadian Remote Sensing Society as both President and Vice-President, founded the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network and the Polar Data Catalogue, and is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, where he taught and researched since 1977. The insights that Dr. LeDrew has brought to his field are matched by his qualities as a leader and a mentor to both his students and peers.
Congratulations Dr. LeDrew on this accolade and to all those who were awarded this year!