About "RCGS"

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration, and one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in the nation.

Bid on fantastic trips, one-of-a-kind experiences, original artwork and more, all while supporting the programming of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

RCGS CEO John Geiger, left, and National Geographic Society President and COO Mike Ulica with a copy of the declaration of the global geography community on the biodiversity and climate crises. The declaration was signed by 80 organizations from 59 countries. (Photo: Ben Powless/Can Geo)

Photo: Ben Powless/Can Geo
80 global geography societies and organizations from 59 countries have signed a joint declaration urging the world’s leaders to protect nature and secure a liveable climate
Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education

The Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education, designed by Susan Taylor, was unveiled at a gathering in Gagnier’s memory on Sept. 23. (Photo: Kendra Thompson/Can Geo)

Photo: Kendra Thompson/Can Geo
The inaugural Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education will be presented to an outstanding educator this fall
Canadian Geographic publisher Gilles Gagnier

Canadian Geographic publisher and Royal Canadian Geographical Society COO Gilles Gagnier, 1969-2021

Canadian Geographic publisher Gilles Gagnier
The publisher of Canadian Geographic and COO (and Fellow) of our parent the Royal Canadian Geographical Society lost suddenly at age 51.
Four people pose in front of a blue background saying "Royal Canadian geographical Society." They are Dr. Joe MacInnis, Gavin Fitch, Catherine McKenna, and John Geiger

Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society on August 19. With McKenna, from left to right, are Society Honorary Vice-President Joe MacInnis, Society President Gavin Fitch and Society CEO John Geiger. (Photo: Ben Powless/Can Geo)

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
The former federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change was recognized for her public service and commitment to environmental conservation
Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, is presented the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Louie Kamookak Medal on July 29, 2021, by Society CEO John Geiger, Vice-President Wendy Cecil, Governor Janis Peleshok and Treasurer John Hovland. (Photo: Tom Sandler/Can Geo)

Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal
Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and artist Sylvain Voyer recognized for their contributions to making Canada's geography better known

Photo: Geoff Coombs/Can Geo

Photo: Geoff Coombs/Can Geo
New program gives a huge boost to the next generation of explorers 
Emily Choy stands in front of artic ice and ocean wearing a yellow lifejacket, alongside three yellow kayaks

RCGS's new Explorer-in-Residence, Emily Choy. (Photo: Courtesy Emily Choy)

Photo: Courtesy Emily Choy
The Arctic researcher has a long association with the Society
Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named Canada's Governor General.

Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named Canada's Governor General. She spoke about her new role during the press conference at the Canadian Museum of History. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Simon becomes the first Indigenous person to assume the role
Four mountaineers stand on the summit of mount logan, canada

Rebecca Haspel, Toby Harper-Merrett, Alison Criscitiello and Zac Robinson on Mount Logan's summit, May 18, 2021. (Photo: Zac Robinson)

Photo: Zac Robinson
After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, the Mount Logan Ice Expedition made a successful summit of Canada’s highest peak.
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