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2014 Summit of
Excellence Award

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is seeking nominations for the 2014 Summit of Excellence Award. Introduced at the Festival in 1987, the award is granted annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies.

This year’s award will be presented on Sunday, November 9, the closing night of the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.


Nomination Information

Background

  • The Summit of Excellence Award was introduced at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in 1987 on the recommendation of Jon Whyte, a longtime resident of Banff and ardent supporter of the Festival
  • It is presented in memory of Calgary climber Bill March, an internationally respected mountaineer, author, and educator, who led Canada’s first successful Everest climb in 1982
  • It is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies
  • Over the years, the Summit of Excellence Award has become perhaps the most significant tribute of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, since it heralds those in our community who would never themselves consciously strive for recognition of this nature. To the annual recipient, the award truly represents the recognition of one’s peers

Award Logistics

  • One award is given annually
  • An individual or group of individuals is eligible to be nominated
  • An individual may not nominate him/herself
  • No posthumous nominations will be considered

Award Timeline

  • Deadline for nominations is Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Award will be announced to the public at the end of September
  • Award will be presented onstage at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominees must have demonstrated long-term commitment in their contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies
  • Nominators are encouraged to read profiles of past award winners
  • The endorsement of a nomination by a former award winner and/or additional community members will be considered assets
  • Nominations should include:
    • the nominator’s contact information
    • the nominee’s contact information if possible
    • the nature and time period of the nominator’s relationship with the nominee
  • Nominees may include but are not limited to those making contributions in areas such as mountain sport, mountain environment, mountain culture, mountain art, or mountain science
  • Nominations should clearly describe how the nominee’s accomplishments significantly benefit the mountain community in the Canadian Rockies
  • Nominations should include descriptions of some or all of the following:
    • level of contribution
    • longevity of service
    • impact to sport/environment/culture/art/science (for example – did the nominee help to elevate their field?)
    • demonstration of excellence
    • positive attitude
    • peer feedback
    • motivating or inspiring others

Submission options

Nominations may be sent via email, fax, regular mail, or courier.

Email
BanffMountainFestival@banffcentre.ca
Please include in the subject field:
“Nominee’s Last Name, First Name: Summit of Excellence Award nomination”

Fax
403.762.6277
Please include the following on the cover page:
“Nominee’s Last Name, First Name: Summit of Excellence Award nomination”

Regular Mail
Summit of Excellence Award
℅ Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
The Banff Centre
PO Box 1020
Banff, AB T1L 1H5

Courier
Summit of Excellence Award
℅ Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, AB T1L 1H5

Writer, naturalist, teacher Ben Gadd awarded 2013 Summit of Excellence
Awarded by The Banff Centre and Canadian Mountain Holidays

Ben Gadd
  Ben Gadd © Toby Gadd

There aren't many people who venture into the mountains in Western Canada without first taking a look at the Handbook of the Canadian Rockies. Consistently updated through the years and known as “the Bible” for Canadian mountain enthusiasts, it logs every plant, animal, and rock type found in the region, written for both weekend hikers and serious mountaineers. The Handbook's author, Ben Gadd, a teacher, naturalist, guide, and award-winning author, will receive the 2013 Summit of Excellence Award.

Presented by the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival at The Banff Centre since 1987, and sponsored by Canadian Mountain Holidays, the annual Summit of Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies. The selection committee for 2013 included Bernadette McDonald, author and former vice president of Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre, climber and writer Geoff Powter, Joni Cooper, programming director of the Banff Mountain Festival, mountaineer Nancy Hansen, and Rob Rohn, general manager of Canadian Mountain Holidays. The Award is presented in memory of Calgary climber Bill March.

Mountaineer Barry Blanchard, one of the people who nominated Gadd for the award, said “I can think of no other person who can tell me what is going on 10,000 feet below me, as well as 10,000 feet above.”

In addition to researching and writing the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Gadd has written nine other books including the best-selling novel Raven's End, and contributed to several more, and he's received three Banff Mountain Book Competition awards for his work. With a degree in earth science, Gadd has pursued a career mainly in natural history, including working for Parks Canada as a naturalist. He has taught writing at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Grant MacEwan College, and for nearly 30 years has worked as a freelance interpretive guide — one of only eight master guides in Canada's professional Interpretive Guides Association — and as a writer and sought‐after lecturer on Rockies topics. Gadd supports various conservation groups in promoting wilderness protection.

Past recipients of the award include: Geoff Powter (2012), Philippe Delesalle (2011), Peter Fuhrmann (2010), Sid Marty (2009), Don Vockeroth (2008), Bernadette McDonald (2007), Gill and Tony Daffern (2006), Glen Boles (2005), Craig Richards (2004), Willi Pfisterer (2003), Barry Blanchard (2002), Bob Sandford (2001), Chic Scott (2000), Guy Lacelle (1999), John Martin (1998), Sharon Wood (1997), Tim Auger (1996), Brian Greenwood (1995), Kiwi Gallagher (1994), Roger Vernon (1993), Jon Whyte (1992), Don Forest (1991), Pat Morrow (1990), Hans Gmoser (1989), Jim Davies (1988), and Bruno Engler (1987).

The Summit of Excellence Award will be presented to Ben Gadd during the awards presentation for the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition, on Sunday, November 3, in the Eric Harvie Theatre at The Banff Centre.

Summit of Excellence Past Award Winners



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