Two Trent University alumni and a Trent University Board of Governors member have been honoured with awards by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
The society's oldest honour, the Massey Medal, was awarded to Professor David Morrison. Prof. Morrison is one of the world's foremost scholars in Arctic archeology. He recently retired from the Canadian Museum of History, where he worked for more than 30 years.
Much of what is known about the long-term history of Inuit and Inuvialuit culture across the Canadian Arctic results directly from Prof. Morrison’s fieldwork and publications. His work in museum governance and programming have resulted in major contributions to the promotion of archeology and geography in Canada.
Shelagh and Jon Grant received the Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal for their contribution to the advancement of geography. The husband and wife pair played an essential role in helping to develop Arctic educational resources for Canadian Geographic Education. Ms. Grant is a historian, researcher, editor, former adjunct professor at Trent, and an award-winning author, known for such works as Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder, Pond Inlet, 1923 and Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America.
Mr. Grant, governor emeritus and former chair of the Board of Governors, is an entrepreneur who remains active in environmental and conservation work. As the president and CEO of Quaker Oats of Canada, he is a highly regarded businessman who has served on several boards, such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Canoe Museum.