rcgsDavid Oswald was elected as one of the 2016 Fel­lows to the Royal Cana­dian Geo­graphic Soci­ety. This was announced at the RCGS annual gala which was held on Novem­ber 16, 2016 in Ottawa at the Cana­dian War Museum. Fel­lows are nom­i­nated based on their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Cana­dian geog­ra­phy and cul­ture and their embod­i­ment of the long­stand­ing val­ues and tenets of the RCGS: the deter­mi­na­tion to build, courage to explore and stead­fast love of country.

The first RCGS Fel­lows were named after 1929 and included peo­ple such as Fed­erik R. Bant­ing, who won the Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of insulin; pio­neer­ing anthro­pol­o­gist and explorer Dia­mond Jen­ness who lived with the Cop­per Inuit in the North West Ter­ri­to­ries; and artist A.Y. Jack­son who was a notable mem­ber of the cel­e­brated Group of Seven. 2015 Fel­lows included writer Mar­garet Atwood and Que­be­cois Explorer Jean Lemire. David was named a 2016 Fel­low along­side Cana­dian Museum Association’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor John McAv­ity, Cana­dian Museum of History’s Pres­i­dent and CEO Mark O’Neill and Direc­tor Gen­eral and Vice Pres­i­dent Jean-Marc Blais. Also named was the Cana­dian Fund For Inter­na­tional Under­stand­ing through Cul­ture Chair Dr. Nelly W. Ng.

I am deeply hon­oured and thank­ful for this recog­ni­tion. Geog­ra­phy, cul­ture, design and our envi­ron­ment have been a source of inspi­ra­tion for me since I was a child and it is great to see these val­ues shared amongst other Fel­lows and cel­e­brated by the RCGS. I look for­ward to work­ing per­son­ally and with the DE team to fur­ther the man­date of the RCGS.”
– David Oswald, DE President

This announce­ment comes at a timely junc­ture in the his­tory of DE, where­upon the com­pany is tak­ing var­i­ous big leaps:

(1) Launch­ing a new pub­lic out­reach ini­tia­tive with it’s ‘Canada Out­reach’ pro­gram focused on empow­er­ing youth

(2) Shoring up efforts on cli­mate change adap­ta­tion through nom­i­na­tion to the United Nations CTC-N (Cli­mate Change Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre and Network)

(3) For­ti­fy­ing DE’s pres­ence in West­ern North Amer­ica and into Asia by set­ting Van­cou­ver as the new global HQ

It is a new era for DE and we look for­ward to strength­en­ing our rela­tion­ships with exist­ing clients and part­ners and cre­at­ing new ini­tia­tives and projects with like-minded orga­ni­za­tions who see the need for sus­tain­abil­ity solu­tions to the global prob­lems we face. Being elected to the Fel­low­ship of the RCGS brings with it respon­si­bil­ity to join a long lin­eage of indi­vid­u­als who have built the cul­tural foun­da­tions and in some cases phys­i­cal infra­struc­ture of Canada. The DE team is excited about tak­ing on the chal­lenges that will come with this honour.

2016 Fel­lows Elected to the Royal Cana­dian Geo­graphic Society
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