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Nature Inspiration Awards

The Nature Inspiration Awards recognize individuals and organizations that, through their work or specific projects, encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature and contribute to its preservation.

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This prize is awarded in five categories:

  • Youth
  • Individual
  • Not-for-Profit Organization (Small and Medium)
  • Not-for-Profit Organization (Large)
  • Corporate.

A Lifetime Achievement Award also recognizes an individual's remarkable career over a long period of time (more than 25 years).

Nominations

The nomination period for 2016 is now closed.

The nomination period for 2017 will open in mid-February. Visit this site again at that time for nomination information and forms.

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Dates to Remember

September 7, 2016
Announcement of finalists.

November 9, 2016
Award ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Prizes Offered to the Winners

  • One Grand Prize of $5000 to be given by the winner to the programme of his or her choice
  • National recognition through different media, including press release, advertisement in The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, social media, brochure and the Nature Inspiration Awards web pages
  • An invitation for two to the award ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on November 9, 2016
  • The reimbursement of the travel and accommodation expenses of the winner who will attend the award ceremony; for the Youth Award only: the reimbursement of the travel and accommodation expenses for one or two people to accompany the winner.

Prizes Offered to the Finalists

  • National recognition through different media, including press release, advertisement in The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, social media, brochure and the Nature Inspiration Awards website
  • An invitation for two to the award ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on November 9, 2016.

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Winners, finalists and jury for 2015: Meg Beckel (Canadian Museum of Nature), Jason Edmunds and Cedar Swan (Adventure Canada), Meredith Brown (Ottawa Riverkeeper), Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C., Guillaume Deblois, Sheldon Peddle (ACAP Humber Arm), Julia Phillips, Shannon Ritchie and Crystal Robertson (Toronto Zoo, Adopt-A-Pond program), Karen Mayrand and Sarah May (David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park), Alan DeSousa (Mayor of Saint-Laurent), Kristine Webber (Imagine Canada Standards program), Lyne Parent-Garvey (Hydro Ottawa), Ivan Semeniuk (The Globe and Mail), Geoff Green (Students on Ice), Michael Mesure (Fatal Light Awareness Program), Eleanor Fast (Nature Canada), Shelley Ambrose (The Walrus Magazine), Joyce Cheng and Sarah Hedges (Ontario Nature Youth Council), Keith Exelby (Royal Canadian Geographical Society), Jeff Westeinde (Ottawa Riverkeeper), Art Sterritt (The Coastal First Nation Alliance), Robert Ormstom (Ontario Nature Youth Council), John Nightingale (Vancouver Aquarium), Sheefra Brisbin (Nature Canada), Bill Lishman, Merebeth Switzer (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Spencer McGregor (Ontario Nature Youth Council), Catherine Dumouchel and Thérèse Baribeau (Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau).

Jury 2016

Shelley Ambrose, Executive Director/Co-Publisher, The Walrus
Jack Cockwell, Chairman/CEO, Partners Limited
Philip Crawley, Publisher, The Globe and Mail
John Geiger, CEO, Royal Canadian Geographic Society
Geoff Green, Founder and Executive Director, Students on Ice
Becky Mearns, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Kevin Spreekmeester, Chief Marketing Officer, Canada Goose
Kristine Webber, Executive Director, NatureKids BC, and Vice-Chair, Imagine Canada Standards Program
Arnold Witzig, Co-Founder, Arctic Inspiration Prize
Meg Beckel, ex officio, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature

Information

Caroline Genet
Co-ordinator, Nature Inspiration Awards
awards@mus-nature.ca
613.566.4222

Previous Finalists and Winners

Winners and Lifetime-Achievement 2015
Finalists 2015
Brochure 2015 (PDF)

Winners 2014
Finalists 2014
Brochure 2014 (PDF)

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