International Association of
Canadian National Chapter
Recognition of Lifetime Achievement in Hydrogeology

Purpose of Recognition

To recognize, generally at retirement, Canadians who have been recognized by their peers as having made a significant local, national or international contribution to the profession of hydrogeology over their careers.


The Recognition is in the form of a framed certificate.


The recipient will normally be recognized at an appropriate IAH-CNC local workshop or meeting or at a retirement party for the recipient. In some cases the recipient will be recognized at a national conference. The awardee will also be acknowledged in the Bulletin.


To be eligible for this award, nominees must have shown a well-recognized long-term enthusiasm and dedication to the profession of hydrogeology with notable results and to have volunteered time and energy beyond the boundaries of their employment to improve the profession or understanding of the science. Recipients would normally have been IAH members for a portion of their career.

Selection Criteria

The candidate should have made significant contributions over the course of their career in many of the following areas or others not mentioned:

  • developing an improved understanding of hydrogeology nationally, provincially or locally and presenting this understanding in a widely accessible format;
  • research;
  • teaching and mentoring;
  • training;
  • working with professional organizations;
  • presenting hydrogeology to non-professional groups and individuals;
  • working in an inter-disciplinary manner;
  • developing legislation and guidelines;
  • working internationally.

Nomination Procedure

A nomination describing the contributions of the candidate must be submitted to the President of IAH-CNC. Nominations may be made by any IAH-CNC member. The timing of the nomination is flexible but should be submitted at least two months prior to the event at which the award will be presented.

Nominations only require a letter of nomination. The letter should include a summary of the nominee's academic and employment history and how he or she meets the eligibility criteria.

The President of IAH-CNC will review and confirm the eligibility of the nominee and forward the nomination to the Chair of the Selection Committee.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be the IAH-CNC Standing Awards Committee. Decisions are made by a majority of the committee members.

The Selection Committee may reject, without further consideration, any nomination that in its opinion does not adequately detail the contributions of the candidate. Nonetheless, the committee may also request additional information from the nominee in support of the nomination.

Previous Winners

Allan Dakin (2005), Garth van der Kamp (2021), Harm Maathuis (2021), Frank Render (2021), Alfonso Rivera (2021), Alan Peter Kohut (2021).

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