"An Honour for Contributions to Canadian Mountaineering"
Honorary Membership was instituted in 1906 at the first meeting of the Club. The current form of this award is a special pin accompanied by a brass on wood plaque. This honorary award is the highest recognition The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) offers for contributions to Canadian mountaineering and includes a life membership in the ACC.
Honorary Membership is presented to individuals with a strong and sustained commitment to the Canadian mountain environment and Canadian mountaineering. They will have given outstanding service to the Canadian climbing community, either on a voluntary basis or exceeding the value of their remuneration, in the following areas:
a) the advancement of Canadian mountaineering, through exceptional activities in the Canadian mountain environment;
b) the promotion of mountain activities in Canada; and
c) the advancement of the goals and ideals of the ACC, as they are described in the Club's Constitution (available on the ACC website).
A nomination for Honorary Membership is made by any ACC member, on this nomination form no later than December 31st of each year. The names of prospective recipients are presented to the Board of Directors prior to the Club's Annual General Meeting. Successful nominees must have approval of three-quarters of the voting members of the Board. Recipients receive their awards at the AGM or in some other suitable manner.