The Leonard G. Berry Medal is awarded for distinguished service to the Mineralogical Association of Canada. It is my honor and pleasure to introduce to you this year’s recipient, Robert Terrance Downs, another of Manitoba’s gifts to the mineralogical sciences. As you will learn, Robert Downs is indeed worthy of this honor, and I think that Leonard Berry himself would be most pleased with this year’s recipient, as he has provided services that are of particular relevance and importance to the mineralogical community at an international level.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Robert took the road less traveled in becoming a...

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