17 years old
From building a community greenhouse out of water bottles in Calgary to making seed pods at a school in India, Anayat's passion for environmental sustainability translates into projects that engage her community and help people take action at the local level.
10 years old
Joel loves animals. Asking for donations instead of birthday presents, he started campaigns to protect first the Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) and later the eastern wolf (Canis sp. cf. lycaon). He also leads clean-up activities at his school to keep local ecosystems clean.
17 years old
Working on composting projects and developing TopPlay (a project to build environmentally friendly, safe roof-top playgrounds on apartment buildings) lets Kathy help people and the environment at the same time.
15 years old
North Vancouver, British Columbia
At age 10, Ta'Kaiya's first song, "Shallow Waters", and its accompanying video brought international attention to the impact of oil spills on otter populations in British Columbia. Since then, as a UN Youth Ambassador for Native Children's Survival, Ta'Kaiya champions the rights of indigenous youth in environmental protection. Her new song, "Earth Revolution", features children from around the world in a call to action to protect Mother Earth for future generations.
Program Manager, Back to Nature Network
A committed, natural educator and interpreter, Bill dedicates his days to helping people connect meaningfully to nature through unique hands-on experiences. He is a sought-after speaker and is recognised for his expertise and commitment to innovative approaches.
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Six years ago, Eric and his partner Christina Munck founded the Hakai Institute in a fishing lodge on Calvert Island, British Columbia. Today, Hakai is one of the leading centres for marine research in Canada, having 200 scientists working on coastal- and marine-ecology projects.
President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Under John Lounds, the Nature Conservancy grown to become Canada's leading private land trust. Working with individuals and groups, the organization works to conserve more than 1.12 million hectares of ecologically significant land. John's leadership tripled Nature Conservancy's budget and his energy continues to inspire staff and volunteers alike.
Marianne and Matthew Gee
Founders, GeesBees Company
Matthew and Marianne provide sustainable solutions for helping declining honeybee populations. They do this through hive rentals, public education and humane removal of bee infestations.
Michelle is known as much for her haunting portrayals of the natural world's interconnection with the human condition as for her tireless work as a volunteer and philanthropist, supporting and inspiring people to protect our natural heritage.
Vineland Station, Ontario
As a committed lifetime community volunteer for wildlife causes in the Niagara region of Ontario, Carla has raised the bar in environmental education and outreach in the area. From owl rescue to wildflower identification and eat-local food campaigns, Carla is recognised as driving force for sustainability in her community.
Grant Linney dedicated his career and life to outdoor and environmental education for children. His involvement in organizations and in many publications over the years is remarkable. He has clearly influenced schools and teachers. Since 2010, he has become an advocate for actions that limit the effect of climate change.
Neal Jotham played a central role in the creation and adoption of international standards on humane animal traps used in the fur industry. Despite controversy, he always remained true to his goal: to improve the animal-welfare aspects of trapping. As a direct result of his leadership, the suffering of millions of wild fur-bearing animals has been eliminated.
Erringon, British Columbia
Robin devoted his career to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife and educating the public on wildlife and environmental issues. As Founder and Operations Manager at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, he pioneered innovative approaches to rehabilitation such as a full-sized flight cage for injured birds to regain their wings.
Churchill Northern Studies Centre
The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is a completely independent education facility and research centre. It supports the study of the unique flora and fauna of the Western Hudson Bay region. Since 1976, staff have mentored local youth in order to train the next generations of Arctic field scientists.
The territory of Montréal's greenbelt is a mosaic of uses and environments. Working with the community and the private and public sectors, Nature-Action Québec led a project that ultimately saw 900 hectares of natural environment and 8000 ha permanently protected through voluntary conservation.
NatureHood Program, Nature Canada
Nature Canada's national NatureHood program connects urban Canadians—especially young people—to nature right in their cities. A variety of free and accessible activities encourage learning and conservation in the community where people live. The focus is on relevant topics such as pollination in backyard gardens and migratory stopovers in urban trees.
The Natural Step Canada
Natural Step Canada change labs and IMPACT! Champions programs provide science-based tools for groups and businesses to discuss, resolve and move forward on difficult sustainability challenges.
The Riverwood Conservancy
Every year, the seven full- and five part-time staff at the Riverwood Conservancy welcome 10 000 visitors to this 60 hectare woodland oasis in the centre of Mississauga. Special programming such as the Enabling Garden that helps individuals with disabilities connect to nature is a hallmark of Riverwood's inclusive programming approach.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Since 1960, the Nature Conservancy has enabled private efforts to conserve Canada's natural heritage through unique research and community partnerships and the only nation-wide conservation volunteer program.
Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Ocean Tracking Network brings together researchers, experts and communities from around the world to monitor aquatic life. The network uses state-of-the-art acoustic equipment to enable conservation efforts. For example, autonomous robots track populations of important species such as lobsters.
Ocean Wise Program, Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver, British Columbia
In 2005, the Vancouver Aquarium partnered with local seafood chef Rob Clark to develop the Ocean Wise program. The program encourages local restaurants to source and label sustainable menu items for customers. Today, Ocean Wise is a national programme with a network of nearly 700 partner businesses and thousands of locations.
Greenbug Energy Inc.
Greenbug Energy's tiny turbines use an ancient Greek technology, the Archimedes screw, to provide a green water-powered energy option. The simple system can be used by even small farms or individual households as a sustainable energy source.
Helping Nature Heal
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Helping Nature Heal is an ecological landscaper whose revolutionary approach focuses on sustainable methods. This includes using native plants and creating spaces that engage, educate and foster community spirit.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy company, providing power and related service to customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. From operating a vanpool program to help employees commute, to offering customers free pick-up programs for appliances that are energy inefficient, to saving an Osprey nest found on company powerlines, PowerStream has made environmental stewardship part of its culture, every day.
SK Films creates and distributes multimedia natural-history productions. They help people take action in their backyards through series such as the Water Brothers, which use a multi-platform approach with hands-on information and projects.
Teck Resources Ltd.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Recognizing the impact of mining operations, Teck's company-wide environment-management strategy goes beyond cleaner operations. Part of the strategy is ensuring that closed mine sites return to a state of net-positive biodiversity. Another part re-establishes closed mine sites as self-sustaining ecosystems that can be used and enjoyed for years to come.