- Thursday, May 13, 2021
Dr. Bruce Jamieson has made invaluable contributions to public avalanche safety over 40-year career.
Avalanche Canada is honoured to present the 2021 Gord Ritchie Service Award to Dr. Bruce Jamieson in recognition of his decades of contribution to public avalanche safety as a researcher, educator, and consultant.
Bruce has made numerous invaluable contributions to the avalanche industry over his 40-year career. He began his career as a ski patroller in Fernie, BC, but soon shifted his focus to research. He earned a PhD in avalanche mechanics in 1995 from the University of Calgary, where became a professor of civil engineering. Bruce held the NSERC Research Chair in Snow Avalanche Risk Control, and led the Applied Snow and Avalanche Research Group from 2004–2014. The research conducted by Bruce and his team led to many advances in avalanche safety.
Bruce’s contributions to public avalanche safety are numerous and range from research to hazard assessment to education. At Avalanche Canada, we are most grateful for his generosity in sharing his considerable knowledge and expertise through teaching and writing. He has taught recreational and professional-level courses, and one of his books, Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, was the textbook for our AST 1 program for many years.
While he is now retired from the university, Bruce continues to keep busy as a consultant. Through his long career, his influence on public avalanche safety has yet to be fully measured.
Dr. Bruce Jamieson spent a lot of his time outdoors while leading the Applied Snow and Avalanche Research Group at the University of Calgary. Photo from ASARC archives.