2011 Prizewinners / Lauréats des prix 2011

  *Awards presented at the 46th CMOS Congress,Montreal QC, May 30 and 31, 2012

* CMOS Prizes are normally for achievements in the calendar year prior to the congress year and are designated as awards for that previous year. 

CMOS Scholarships and Scholarship Supplements are awarded for the academic year following the congress. 

CMOS Fellows are members so designated at the time of the award and henceforth entitled to call themselves Fellows of the Society as long as membership is maintained.

If award recipients or designates were present, linked names will lead to a photo of their award presentation.

Part One - CMOS Prizes and Awards

CMOS Fellow Announced / Nouveau Membre émérite
Douw G. Steyn, UBC for his outstanding contributions to our understanding of ozone pollution, especially in the Lower Fraser Valley region, for his exemplary contributions to CMOS and his extensive efforts towards improving educational and administrative programs in atmospheric science.

President's Prize / Prix du président

Nathan Gillett, Environment Canada and University of Victoria, for his pioneering work in the field of climate change detection and attribution, culminating in the influential paper, Attribution of polar warming to human influence, published in Nature Geoscience in 2008. In this paper, Dr. Gillett led a team of international scholars in the discovery of an anthropogenic warming signal in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Through the use of an elegant application of optimal fingerprinting, he was able to show that the warming in these polar regions was directly attributable to human activities. This has led to the realization that we can now detect human-induced regional warming on every continent of the globe.

J.P. Tully Medal in Oceanography
Médaille de J.P. Tully en océanographie

David Welch, Kintama Research Services Ltd., for his three decades of research dedicated to understanding the sea life of salmon using innovative data-gathering techniques with special reference to acoustic arrays. The resulting data have been correlated with oceanographic conditions and climate change to obtain a much deeper understanding of how the two sciences of fisheries and oceanography are synthesized as a single discipline of Fisheries Oceanography. He has been the leader of a major initiative to track a wide variety of fish species’ movements around the Pacific, the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) program. This program has provided a core research platform for a wide range of scientists to address questions concerning fish movement and survival that would be otherwise prohibitively expensive for one researcher to undertake alone.

Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology
Prix du Andrew Thomson en météorologie appliquée
Michael Eby, University of Victoria, for his sustained contributions towards the development of the UVic Earth System Climate Model, his support of users of the model internationally, and his contributions towards international assessments and model intercomparison projects.

François J. Saucier Prize in Applied Oceanography
Prix en océanographie appliquée François J. Saucier

not awarded for 2011

Rube Hornstein Medal in Operational Meteorology
Médaille de Rube Hornstein en météorologie opérationnelle
Ford Doherty, Environment Canada, for his significant contributions to operational forecasting, particularly through his development of the operational archive system, Jervis, which has proven to be an indispensable tool for forecasters. His subsequent development of a weather event simulator (WxEds) has allowed forecasters to retrospectively re-run historical weather events in a ‘real-time’ mode. This application continues to be one of the most sought-after training applications by operational meteorologists.

Neil J. Campbell Medal for Exceptional Volunteer Service
La médaille Neil J. Campbell pour service bénévole exceptionnel
Thomas J. Duck, Dalhousie University, for his outstanding volunteer service to atmospheric science, and particularly to the Canadian ozone monitoring and research programs.  He has led a vocal and effective campaign to attract public attention to Canadian atmospheric research and the value of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science. His extensive interaction with the media has focused the public’s attention, not only on the need to maintain ozone monitoring in Canada, but also on atmospheric climate change and the value of science in general, in its role of informing public policy and decision making.

Roger Daley Postdoctoral Publication Award
Le Prix Roger Daley de publication post-doctorale

Patrick Sheese, University of Toronto, for his publication, Nighttime nitric oxide densities in the Southern hemisphere mesosphere - lower thermosphere, published in Geophysical Research Letters in 2011. This research builds on a series of his papers describing his novel methods to retrieve atmospheric temperature and chemistry data using the Canadian OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imaging System). His research has made a significant contribution to our understanding of mesospheric-lower thermospheric state variables. Camille Viatte accepted the award for Patrick Sheese.

Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize
Prix commémoratif Tertia M.C. Hughes

Eric Oliver, Dalhousie University, for his outstanding Ph. D. dissertation at Dalhousie University, which has led to three refereed publications in top-tier journals. Each paper has addressed the very significant issue of the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), and its effects on various ocean basins.

Rodica Lindenmaier, University of Toronto, for her outstanding Ph. D. dissertation at the University of Toronto, which represents a significant research contribution at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut. Her dissertation, addressing science questions within the context of the CANDAC (Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change) and focusing on measuring stratospheric composition to improve our understanding of the processes controlling the Arctic ozone budget, has led to at least four refereed publications in top-tier journals.


 for outstanding contribution towards promoting public awareness of meteorology or oceanography in Canada
pour contribution d'une façon exceptionnelle à éveiller l'intérêt du public au Canada en météorologie ou océanographie durant l'année précédente

Jocelyne Blouin, Radio Canada Montréal, pour l’excellence en présentation des prévisions météorologiques à la télévision de Radio-Canada. Allant au-delà de la simple présentation des bulletins météorologiques, elle s’est appliquée durant de nombreuses années à transmettre au public francophone canadien ses connaissances incontestables en météorologie.

Mark Madryga, Global TV BC and CKNW Radio, for consistently Outstanding Radio and Television presentations. His extraordinary talents, such as his knowledge of local effects and ability to communicate the uncertainty in developing weather patterns, combined with his commitment to educating the public, are apparent in his presentations.

Part Two - Scholarships / Bourses d'études

(CMOS Scholarships and Scholarship Supplements are awarded for the academic year following the congress.)

The CMOS - Weather Research House NSERC Scholarship Supplement in Atmospheric or Ocean Sciences
Le supplément SCMO - Weather Research House CRSNG aux bourses d'études supérieures en sciences de l'atmosphère ou des océans
Michael Optis, University of Victoria, for his studies on the physical processes that control vertical wind shear in the bottom few hundred metres of the atmosphere with the primary objective of improving wind power prediction.

The CMOS - CNC/SCOR NSERC Scholarship Supplement in Ocean Sciences
Supplément SCMO - CNC/SCOR CRSNG aux bourses d'études supérieures en sciences océanique

Cara Manning, MIT-Woods Hole Institute, for her study on biological productivity and air-sea gas exchange as controls on CO2 fluxes during sea ice retreat (in the Bras d'Or lakes of N.S. and Canada's Arctic).

The CMOS - Weather Network / Météomédia Scholarship
La bourse SCMO - Météomédia / The Weather Network
Michelle Curry, U Manitoba, Environment & Geography, for academic excellence.

The CMOS - Daniel G. Wright Undergraduate Scholarship
La bourse d'études du premier cycle Daniel G. Wright

Camil Hamel, U de Sherbrooke, Physique, for academic excellence.

Undergraduate Scholarships / Bourses d'études de premier cycle

Rachel Humphrey, McMaster, Geography & Earth Sciences, for academic excellence.

Michelle Curry, U Manitoba, Environment & Geography, for academic excellence.

Part Three - Poster Prizes / Prix affiches

Campbell Scientific Best Student Poster Prize in Meteorology
Prix Campbell Scientific de la meilleure affiche d'étudiant(e) en météorologie

 not awarded for 2012

ASL Environmental Sciences Best Student Poster Prize in Oceanography
Prix ASL Environmental Science de la meilleure affiche d'étudiant(e) en océanographie

 not awarded for 2012

CMOS Best Poster Prize / Prix SCMO de la meilleure affiche

not awarded for 2012

Part Four - Non CMOS Awards / Honneurs pas SCMO

DFO Timothy R. Parsons Medal (2012)
MPO La médaille Timothy R. Parsons (2012)

 Louis Fortier, Professor of Oceanography at Laval University and Director of ArcticNet.  Dr. Fortier was nominated for his incredible contribution to international collaboration and mentoring interdisciplinary scientists, including through ArcticNet; work that has contributed significantly to the further development of multidisciplinary ocean science.

Monsieur Louis Fortier, professeur en océanographie à l'Université Laval et directeur du réseau ArcticNet.  M. Fortier a été mis en candidature pour sa contribution incroyable à la collaboration internationale, pour le mentorat qu'il a offert à des chercheurs interdisciplinaires, notamment dans le cadre d'ArcticNet, et pour ses travaux, qui ont joué un rôle important dans le développement de l'océanographie multidisciplinaire.

Link to DFO Information  / lien aux information MPO

MSC Patterson Medal (2011)
SMC La medaille Patterson (2011)

John Gyakum, Professor of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University.

For over 30 years, Dr. Gyakum has been a leading member in meteorological research and teaching in Canada and internationally. He has been extremely effective in research, in teaching undergraduate and graduate students and outreach to the general public - all while chairing the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University.

John has authored or co-authored on more than 90 refereed publications. Collectively, these papers advanced our scientific understanding of oceanic cyclones considerably and in turn resulted in significant improvements in operational forecasting of oceanic cyclones and extreme events.

Monsieur John Gyakum, professeur au Département des Sciences atmosphériques et océaniques de l'Université McGill.

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