Hugh M. French Award

This award, created by the Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA) in 2019, recognizes outstanding contributions to permafrost science and/or periglacial geomorphology over a career. It is named in honour of the late Professor Hugh M. French for his impacts on the field as a scientist, for his contributions to education through his textbook The Periglacial Environment, for his development of the domain through the founding of the journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes which he edited for 16 years, and for his leadership within Canada and as President of the International Permafrost Association. The recipient is chosen by a Selection Committee or the Board of the CPA.


Professor Michel Allard (Laval University)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Professor Michel Allard (Laval University) is the first recipient of the Hugh M. French award. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 papers in scientific journals and more than 50 reports relating to the impact of permafrost on communities and infrastructure. He has mentored over 120 students, inspiring the next generation of northern scientists. He is particularly well-known for his engagement with indigenous groups to solve the problems of northern communities relating to permafrost and hazards. He previously received the Government of Canada Northern Science Award (2006), the Canadian Polar Medal (2015) and the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research (2017).