The G. de B. Robinson Award was inaugurated to recognize the publication of excellent papers in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin and to encourage the submission of the highest quality papers to these journals. The first award was presented for papers that appeared in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics in 1994-1995.
In even years, the last two complete volumes of the CJM will be under consideration and, in odd years, the last two complete volumes of the CMB. The Editors-in-Chief for the journal under consideration nominate papers from the respective two volumes. The Selection Jury consists of the Associate Editors of the CJM and CMB. A member of the CMS Publications Committee shall be appointed as the non-voting Chair of the Jury. The jurors exercise their own mathematical judgement in distributing their votes. Some of the characteristics which they may consider are; clarity, elegance, conciseness, depth and difficulty, and potential impact.
Gilbert Robinson was the third president of the CMS from 1953-1957. He specialized in the study of symmetric groups on which he became a recognized authority, writing some forty papers on the topic. Along with H.S.M Coxeter he established the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and served as Managing Editor for 30 years. In his retirement years he founded the Mathematical Reports of the Academy of Sciences, of which he was production editor from 1976 to 1990.