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Bio for Ben Gadd

Ben Gadd, 68, is one of Canada’s better-known naturalists and Rockies writers. Author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Ben has written nine 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. For nearly 30 years he has worked in the summer as a freelance interpretive guide—one of only eleven guides accredited as master interpreters in Canada’s professional Interpretive Guides Association—and in the winter as a writer and sought-after lecturer on Rockies topics.

He also produces interpretive signs for national and provincial parks. Lately he has been preparing 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.

 

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