Summit of Excellence Award was introduced at the Banff Mountain Film
Festival in 1987 on the recommendation of Jon Whyte, a longtime
resident of Banff and ardent supporter of the Festival. It is awarded
annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to
mountain life in the Canadian Rockies and is dedicated to the memory
of Bill March, an internationally respected mountaineer, author and
educator, who was the leader of the first successful Canadian
expedition to climb Mount Everest in 1982. Bill shared his love and
enthusiasm for the mountains with many as a mentor and guide, and his
zest for life was an inspiration to all who knew him prior to his
untimely death on September 8, 1990, at the age of 49. Over the years,
the Summit of Excellence Award has become perhaps the most significant
tribute of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, since it heralds those in
our community who would never themselves consciously strive for
recognition of this nature. To the annual recipient, the Summit Award
truly represents the recognition of ones peers. Past Recipients
1987 - Bruno
Davies "RESCUE PILOT"
Morrow "SEVEN SUMMITS"
"Kiwi" Gallagher "EMERG. SVCS COORDINATOR"
Auger "PARK WARDEN - RESCUE SPECIALIST"
Wood "MOTHER - MENTOR - MOUNTAINEER"
Martin "CLIMBER & MOUNTAIN LOVER"
Scott "MOUNTAINEER - GUIDE - WRITER"
Sandford "HISTORIAN - AUTHOR -
Pfisterer "MOUNTAIN RESCUE INNOVATOR"
Boles "MOUNTAINEER - PHOTOGRAPHER -
& Tony Daffern "PUBLISHERS OF
McDonald "AUTHOR, CLIMBER, FESTIVAL
The Bill March Summit Award of
Excellence display (pictured above), a beautifully hand-carved
wooden plaque featuring a bronze
medallion with each past winner's name is permanently housed
at the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise, Alberta.