The University of Ottawa regrets to announce the passing of Professor Hugh M. French, former dean of the Faculty of Science and professor emeritus of the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, and the Department of Earth Sciences. Professor French was an international expert on periglacial processes and permafrost science. He received many national and international awards. In 2019, the Canadian Permafrost Association created the Hugh M. French Award in his honour to recognize outstanding contributions to permafrost science and/or periglacial geomorphology. It will be awarded for the first time at the Eighth Canadian Permafrost Conference, which this year will be held in August in Quebec City.