News Release Article from  Polar Knowledge Canada

Dr. Louis Fortier Receives the 2015 Northern Science Award

Ottawa, November 19 2015

Polar Knowledge Canada is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Northern Science Award is Dr. Louis Fortier. The award was presented at a ceremony prior to the Annual Dinner of the Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, on November 18 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Through his leadership and his innovative approach to research, Dr. Fortier, a marine biologist at Laval University, has made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of northern knowledge. As Scientific Director of ArcticNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence that brings together specialists from 30 universities for integrative study of change in the coastal Canadian Arctic, he has inspired and fostered the creation of knowledge that directly benefits northern societies and communities.

Quick Facts

  • The Northern Science Award comprises the Centenary Medal, which commemorates the hundredth anniversary of first International Polar Year (1882-1883), and a cash prize of $10,000.
  • It is presented annually to an individual or a group who has made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North and, in the spirit of the last International Polar Year (2007-2008), recognizes the transformation of knowledge into action.
  • Polar Knowledge Canada is a Canadian Government agency that advances Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthens Canadian leadership in polar science and technology.


 “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Dr. Fortier on receiving the 2015 Northern Science Award. His contributions to knowledge and understanding of the North, especially as Scientific Director of ArcticNet, have been significant to people and communities across northern Canada.”

 Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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