Massey Medal 2022


The Royal Canadian Geographical Society 


Massey Medal


Established in 1959 by the Massey Foundation, the Massey Medal is awarded annually by the Society. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding career achievement in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada.


Eligibility is restricted to Canadian citizens, although in special circumstances, the Medal may be awarded to a non-Canadian, subject to agreement by the Massey Foundation. It is always awarded to an individual, never a group. In a year in which no nominee is deemed to qualify, the Medal may be withheld.


The presentation of the Massey Medal is usually made at Rideau Hall by the Society’s Patron, the Governor General, when His/Her Excellency’s schedule permits. In years when this is not possible, a special award ceremony is held in conjunction with the College of Fellows Annual Dinner in Ottawa, with the President of the Society presiding.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to the organization using the nomination form on the Massey Medal web-page. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination to

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online, using the application form provided on the Massey Medal web-page. Please submit a completed application to by the external deadline. 

For More Information

For more information, please contact or see the Massey Medal web-page.

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