Val Shaw Memorial Award / Prix Commémoratif Val Shaw
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.
The candidate must be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of 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. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resumé). Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-Chair by the due date indicated above, and should remain confidential from the nominee and others. The CRSS Executive will review the nominations that are brought forward by the Vice-Chair.
Recipients / Récipiendaires
1991 - Dr. Al Gregory, Gregory Geoscience 1996 - Dr. Peter Murtha, University of British Columbia 2001 - Mr. Jean Beaubien, Service canadien des forêts 2007 - Dr. Francis J. Ahern, TerreVista Earth Imaging