November 13 2013: Dr. Gérard Duhaime Receives the 2013 Northern Science Award

Ottawa, November 13 2013


The Canadian Polar Commission is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Northern Science Award is Dr. Gérard Duhaime. The award was presented at the Annual Dinner of the Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, on November 13th in Gatineau, Quebec.

 Dr. Duhaime, a sociologist at Laval University, is a visionary and innovator whose drive to find ways to improve the lives of people in northern communities has made him one of the world’s leading social scientists. His rigorous methods for describing, analyzing, and understanding living conditions have brought a new dimension to northern socio-economic research, providing a clear image of the quality of life in the North as it is, rather than as it is perceived to be. This has proved invaluable for those working to improve northern social conditions, from indigenous organizations, to governments and international bodies.

 The Northern Science Award comprises the Centennial Medal, which commemorates the hundredth anniversary of first International Polar Year (1882-1883), and a cash prize of $10,000. It is presented annually by the Canadian Polar Commission to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North.

 For the full citation please visit the Canadian Polar Commission website at

 The Canadian Polar Commission (CPC) is Canada’s national institution for furthering polar knowledge and awareness.

 For more information please contact:

John Bennett
Manager, Communications and Information
(613) 943-0716