A Medal For Its Efforts


The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has awarded Squamish-based, cruise specialist One Ocean Expeditions with a commemorative medal for company’s tremendous involvement in the Victoria Strait Expedition.

The Erebus medal, named after the HMS Erebus, one of Sir John Franklin’s vessels found during the summer 2014 expedition was specially created to commemorate the event. The one of a kind medal was awarded to key leaders that contributed to the success of the remarkable undertaking and most important archaeological discovery in Canadian history.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper were in attendance and addressed the audience and awards recipients with genuine authenticity and passion reinforcing the importance of Canadian lead initiatives as such and the role it plays for Arctic sovereignty being a part of our history and future.

“Laureen and I are deeply honoured to be among the recipients of the Erebus Medal, which recognizes our commitment to discovering one of our country’s greatest maritime mysteries.  This discovery would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition made up of government, private and non-profit partners. I had the privilege to take part in the search last summer during my annual northern tour and was impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the searchers plumbing Canada’s frigid northern waters,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Andrew Prossin, originally from Cape Breton and managing director of One Ocean Expeditions was awarded the prestigious media alongside leaders from Parks Canada, the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, Arctic Research Foundation, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Shell Canada. Others that worked behind the scenes were also recognized including Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak and One Ocean Expeditions Senior Management and staff.

Prossin said: “Finding the Erebus was a great moment for Canada and Canadians. The Victoria Strait Expedition showcases the tremendous spirit of partnership and Canadian innovation invested in the epic search. It completes an important chapter in our history and solves one of the biggest mysteries in any polar region. We at One Ocean Expeditions are very proud to have shared our knowledge and expertise and are honoured to have taken part in an event that is now redefining our history.”

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