Written by Hjalti Þór Hreinsson
Friday, 27 April 2012
Dr. Louis Fortier (centre) accepts The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research from Christian Bauta, Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (far right) and Michael Goodyear, Executive Director, Churchill Northern Studies Centre (far left), at the 2012 International Polar Year Conference in Montréal. (CNW Group/The W. Garfield Weston Foundation)The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has announced that Dr. Louis Fortier has been awarded the $50,000 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research for his work focused on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic.
The results of the survey, commissioned by The Churchill Northern Studies Centre with the support of the Foundation, along with the prize winner were announced today at the International Polar Year Conference in Montréal.
"Dr. Fortier embodies what a lifetime of research can achieve," says Michael Goodyear, Executive Director, Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
"By actively engaging northerners in the early planning stages of ArcticNet and through his dedication to the multidisciplinary use of the Canadian Research Icebreaker Amundsen, Dr. Fortier has helped ensure that arctic science not only remains top of mind for Canadians, but also serves the people of the North."
Dr. Fortier himself had this to say: "My work reflects the ongoing collaboration and open dialogue on key arctic issues with colleagues around the world, Inuit partners, the private sector, and policy makers in several Federal departments. Together we have been able to explore, document, and synthesize the impacts of climate change and modernization on all aspects of the Arctic world, including the human dimension," said Dr. Fortier, who is the Canada Research Chair on the Response of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change and a Professor at Université Laval since 1989.
"The Weston Family Prize truly reflects a lifetime of national and international networking in many disciplines, and I'm thrilled to receive this honour."