I would like to thank the Mineralogical Association of Canada for awarding me the Berry Medal. I accept this honour with humility knowing that I am recognized here for accomplishments that were done in close collaboration with the executive committee in force during my 10 years with the Association.
Now to discuss a little bit about my role as treasurer, I should first mention that I was solidly supported by Pierrette Tremblay and Johanne Caron. Our role between 2004 and 2008 was to make sure MAC would continue its many regular activities, including providing grants and scholarships, stimulating the interest of students and encouraging young scientists, etc. For that, we had to restructure the administrative service, move its office and slightly change its Modus operandi.
Among other decisions, we elected to reinvest the funds. This turned out to be a good move as MAC went through the 2008 crisis without much damage. I know from Marc Constantin, the current treasurer, that MAC's financial situation is also excellent these days.
On the human side of things now ... My MAC time coincided with a change in my research interests. As an Isotope Geochemist, I progressively moved from studying diagenesis to conducting environmental research. Having the chance to lead large multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional projects, and benefiting from being active in selected groups of experts is truly motivating! This certainly is one aspect of my job at the Geological Survey of Canada that I really enjoy.
That sort of dynamic and multi-facetted collaborative spirit I have found when I was active on MAC's executive committee. Hence getting the Berry Medal brings surprise, but most importantly good memories of council and executive meetings that gathered talents from various horizons. I recall working with many highly motivated collaborators, to name a few, Kurt Kyser, Iain Samson, Daniel Kontak, Rob Raeside, David Fowle, and Robert Martin who was the editor of Canadian Mineralogist at the time. So, definitely good memories!
In closing, to those of you accepting to play a role in scientific associations, may your volunteer experience be as positive as mine with the Mineralogical Association of Canada.
Thanks again to the Association for this honour!