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Bio for Ben Gadd


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


Ben Gadd, 72, is one of Canada’s better-known naturalists and Rockies writers. Author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Ben has written or co-authored 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. 

Ben retired in 2016. With a university degree in Earth science, he pursued a career mainly in natural history, including a stint as a Parks Canada naturalist. He also taught writing at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Grant MacEwan College. From 1982 until retirement, Ben worked in the summer as an interpretive guide. Canada’s professional Interpretive Guides Association has honored him with their highest accreditation, Master Interpreter. Check out the IGA's interesting website.

Having produced many interpretive signs for national and provincial parks, Ben 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.


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