The Académie québécoise d’études philatéliques (AQEP) has awarded its Médaille de l’Académie to Yves Baril, a retired engraver emeritus from the Canadian Bank Note Company (CBNC).
The AQEP occasionally presents its Médaille de l’Académie to mark exceptional an achievement or involvement in philately. “Yves Baril is recognized for his immense contribution to Canadian philately through the creation of Canadian postage stamps,” said AQEP President Cimon Morin, who received the honour in 2007, the last time it was handed out.
During his 43 years at the CBNC, Baril engraved 146 Canadian stamps, six United Nations stamps and 11 U.S. stamps. A resident of Gatineau, Qué., Baril also engraved banknotes, share and bond certificates plus security documents for the Canadian government.
During the presentation of the Médaille de l’Académie this July, the AQEP also gave a commemorative envelope to all attending members. Collectors can obtain a copy of the commemorative envelope signed by Baril from the AQEP at firstname.lastname@example.org.