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Bio for Ben Gadd


Ben in 1999, when he was 53. Photo by Toby Gadd.


Ben Gadd, 71, is one of Canada’s better-known naturalists and Rockies writers. Author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Ben has written ten other books and contributed to several more. His novel Raven’s End has become a prize-winning Canadian best-seller. Ben has received three Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival awards for his work, as well as the festival's prestigious Summit of Excellence. 

With a university degree in Earth science, Ben has pursued a career mainly in natural history, including a stint as a Parks Canada naturalist. He has also taught writing at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Grant MacEwan College. From 1982 until he retired in 2016, Ben worked in the summer as an interpretive guide—one of only eleven such guides accredited as master interpreters in Canada’s professional Interpretive Guides Association. Check out the IGA's interesting website.

Having produced many interpretive signs for national and provincial parks, Ben has more recently enjoyed working on museum exhibits. In 2014 the Geological Association of Canada awarded Ben their E. R. Ward Neale Medal for his many years of sharing Earth science with Canadians. In 2016 the American Association of Petroleum Geologists presented him with their Geosciences in the Media award. Ben continues to write about the mountains he loves.


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