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L to R: RCGS medal recipient Dr. Louis Fortier, Nellie T. Kusugak (Commissioner of Nunavut), Elizabeth Dowdeswell (Lieutenant Governor of Ontario), and Paul Ruest (RCGS President) at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Annual Awards and Dinner at the Canadian Museum of History in November. © Matt Zambonin/Canadian Geographic

Louis Fortier, scientific director of the Arcticnet research network, is the 2015 winner of the Northern Science Award.

“He has inspired and fostered the creation of knowledge that directly benefits northern societies and communities,” cited Polar Knowledge Canada in the announcement.

Fortier, a marine biologist at Université Laval in Quebec City, Quebec, has been involved with Arcticnet since it began around 2003. Arcticnet is a consortium that brings together researchers from 30 Canadian universities. Their work involves research using the CCGS Amundsen vessel as a platform for marine science work in the Arctic as well as partnerships with Inuit organizations and private industry for various projects focusing on Inuit education, health, and culture.

The Northern Science Award comes with a cash prize of $10,000.

Polar Knowledge Canada has merged with the Canadian High Arctic research Station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and is the new name for the agency that used to be called the Canadian Polar Commission.