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In November of 2019 I flew to Ottawa, ON, Canada for the first time in my life to become elected as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. RCGS Fellows are nominated based on their significant contribution to Canadian geography, culture, and their embodiment of the longstanding values and tenets of the RCGS: the determination to build, courage to explore and outstanding service to Canada.

by Dax Justin

I’m now officially a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society! Out of Canada’s estimated population of 37.59 MILLION, there are just 1,176 RCGS Fellows – and I’m proud to be one of them.

On November 20th, 2019, I was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (FRCGS). All RCGS Fellows are deemed to have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geography, geographical exploration or allied sciences (i.e., archaeology, atmospheric sciences, marine biology, zoology, etc.). Such accomplishments are evidenced by published books, scientific publications or major mainstream media coverage documenting fieldwork, or exploration.

RCGS Fellows are nominated based on their significant contribution to Canadian geography, culture, and their embodiment of the longstanding values and tenets of the RCGS: the determination to build, courage to explore and outstanding service to Canada. Fellowship in the RCGS College of Fellows has, since its inception in 1929, represented the very best of Canada, and includes many of Canada’s most intrepid explorers, geographers, astronauts, actors, and even some former Prime Ministers.

 

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“The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows Annual Dinner is the standout event of the year for hundreds of people who share the Society’s passion for making Canada better known to Canadians and the world. But 2019’s event, held Nov. 21 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., was even more special, as the Society celebrated 90 years of exploration, curiosity and storytelling. Read on for some of the highlights of the evening, as captured by those who attended..” Read more

Photo: Ben Powless, Canadian Geographic

Nominations to the RCGS College of Fellows can only be made by another Fellow and must be approved by the Society’s Fellows Committee before being presented for election during the RCGS Annual General Meeting. An RCGS Fellow is an individual who has demonstrated an interest in the mandate and programs of the Society and is willing to engage in efforts to sustain and expand its capacity to “make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.” Fellows agree to serve on committees, foster partnerships, provide opinions and expertise, organize events and contribute to fundraising efforts.

 

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Dax Justin, FRCGS, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Thank you to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for this amazing honour!

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY:

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to promoting and enhancing public awareness for Canadian geography, and to strengthening the bond between Canadians and their diverse and vast geographical heritage.

As one of Canada’s oldest and largest educational, non-profit organizations, the RCGS, and its iconic publication, Canadian Geographic, has been our country’s most recognized voice for connecting Canadians with the land, culture and environment in which they live.

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Dax Justin is a Canadian explorer and adventure photographer, currently based in Calgary, AB. His photos and stories are focused on connecting humans back to nature. His work is concerned with ocean health, Indigenous rights and distinctiveness, and our environment, covering stories such as eco-tourism in the Great Bear Rainforest, the human impact of marine debris, and trekking with Polar Bears on the Hudson Bay tundra. Dax is a newly-elected Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (FRCGS), Contributor to Canadian Geographic, a National Geographic Certified Educator, TEDx speaker and creator of the the ‘Explore in School‘ (EiS) initiative. You can explore more of his images and adventures on instagram.com/daxjustin or facebook.com/daxjustin.

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