Awards

Our Annual Award winners are announced each year at this event. You can also view our archive of previous Award Recipients.

CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal Award

The CRSS Gold Medal Award was introduced in 1986 to recognise either a significant new advance in remote sensing research, development, technology or applications, or a significant long-term contribution to the field of remote sensing in Canada. In 2013, the CRSS Gold Medal was renamed the CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal in honour of Dr. Lawrence W. Morley (February 19, 1920 – April 22, 2013), the founding Director General of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and first President of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. The Larry Morley Gold Medal is the highest award in the country granted by the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for excellence in remote sensing.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS for a minimum of eight (8) years and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of the CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions. Service to the CRSS will be considered to be an asset. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resume). Nominees who have received the CRSS Bronze Medal or CRSS Silver Medal in the last five years are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the Chair of Working Group 4 (CRSS Awards and Fellows) by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Val Shaw Memorial Award

The Val Shaw Memorial Award was established in 1990 in memory of Valerie Shaw, an executive with the Bercha Group and a strong proponent of remote sensing in Canada. The award consists of a certificate that recognizes lifelong achievement in practical remote sensing applied to natural resource management.
Val Shaw was a Vice-President of one of the most successful companies active in remote sensing in Canada in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and was one of the early leaders in the field. While a worthy competitor in business, she was known for her honesty, dedication to client service, and the fact that she gave generously of her time to students, colleagues, and the many people she touched. Relatively early in life she was suddenly struck down by a virulent form of leukemia. She left four children, who attended the first presentation of the award named in her honour to Dr. Al Gregory at the 14th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Calgary in 1991.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS for a minimum of five (5) years and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions. Service to the CRSS will be considered to be an asset. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resume). Nominations must be received by the Chair of Working Group 4 (CRSS Awards and Fellows) by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

CRSS Silver Medal Award

The CRSS Silver Medal Award was established in 2009 as a mid-career achievement award to recognise excellence in remote sensing in Canada. Nominations are invited for outstanding candidates from any sector (e.g. industry, government, university) who have made important and sustained contributions to remote sensing in Canada, typically for a period of more than 10 years.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS for a minimum of five (5) years and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions to date. Service to the CRSS will be considered to be an asset.  Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/resume). Nominees who have received the CRSS Bronze Medal in the last five years are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the Chair of Working Group 4 (CRSS Awards and Fellows) by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

CRSS Bronze Medal Award

The CRSS Bronze Medal Award was established in 2009 as an early-career achievement award to recognise emerging excellence in remote sensing in Canada. Nominations are invited for outstanding candidates from any sector (e.g. industry, government, university) who are 40 years of age or less, as of December 31 of the year of the Award.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS for a minimum of three (3) years and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions to date, and future potential. Service to the CRSS will be considered to be an asset. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/resume). Nominations must be received by the Chair of Working Group 4 (CRSS Awards and Fellows) by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Outstanding Service Award

The CRSS Outstanding Service Award was developed to recognize a significant long-term service to the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. The award consists of a certificate that recognizes the long term contributions of the recipient.

Nomination Process

The candidate must be a member of the CRSS and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of the CRSS who have not worked for or with the nominee in a substantive manner during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions and service to the CRSS and our community. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resumé). Nominees who have received the Larry Morley Gold Medal are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the Chair of Working Group 4 (CRSS Awards and Fellows) by the due date, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Best Paper Award

The CJRS Prize Paper Award was created in 2001 to recognise excellence in peer-reviewed publications. The award will be presented during the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing for the best paper (published in any category) in the prior year’s volume. The CJRS Editorial Board, based upon nominations from reviewers, board members, or CRSS members, recommends the winner to the CRSS Awards Committee. The winner will receive a one-year membership in CRSS and a certificate.

Application Instruction for All Award Submissions/Nominations

Deadline

All materials associated with nominations for awards must be received by the Chair of Working Group 4 (CRSS Awards and Fellows) with cc to the CRSS-SCT Executive Assistant by the end of the business day on January 31, 2021.

CRSS-SCT AWARD NOMINATION FORM

Format

All materials should be submitted by e-mail as digital file attachments, preferably in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (.PDF). Other acceptable formats include Rich Text Format (.RTF) and Microsoft Word (.DOC). Official letters of support must be signed and ideally be on the company/institutional letterhead. Hardcopy materials should be digitized/scanned to a digital file. Multiple files for a given nominee should be saved into one archive file (e.g. .ZIP).

Further instructions for specific awards are listed below.

Chair, CRSS-SCT WG4  (Award and Fellows)– awards@crss-sct.ca

with cc to the CRSS-SCT Executive Assistant admin@crss-sct.ca
 
If it is impossible to submit a document in digital form, hard copy materials may be sent to the address below.

CRSS-SCT
100 E – 900 Dynes Road
Ottawa, ON
K2C 3L6
Email: admin@crss-sct.ca

Please note: CRSS-SCT cannot be responsible for items lost or delayed by mail. Any materials submitted as hard copy cannot be returned.