Pollution Probe’s annual gala is the premier networking event of the year for environmental professionals. No other celebration of this kind brings together senior leaders from such a diverse array of industry sectors, government departments and civil society organizations. It is an event not to be missed.
2017 GALA THEME: PILOTING PROGRESS
As Canada moves from the commitment phase to the execution of our Paris Accord goals, the need for examples of hands on, practical innovation takes centre stage. That’s why this year, Pollution Probe is recognizing the excellent work being done by a broad spectrum of communities, companies, organizations and fellow ENGOs who have developed and launched pilot projects that will help us to find the best pathways to success.
Please join us in celebrating the truly spectacular pilots already underway, as well as fostering greater awareness of the important projects still seeking sponsorship.
At the Pollution Probe Gala, you’ll join hundreds of leaders from business, government and civil society who are the key influencers and decision makers within the climate and sustainability conversation.
The Gala consists of these integrated events:
Networking Reception & Interactive Displays
The gala evening will open with a networking reception and this year’s exhibition showcase of interactive displays. A highlight of the evening, this interactive exhibition space offers Platinum and Gold sponsors the opportunity to showcase innovative pilots, products, services and technologies to hundreds of environmental professionals and sustainability business leaders.
The evening continues with the Gala Dinner. You’ll hear from inspiring youth leaders who bring optimism and innovation to the conversation around disruptive solutions to climate change. The dinner will feature the presentation of the annual Pollution Probe Award. This annual networking event is an essential relationship building opportunity for established and emerging leaders alike.
2017 Special Guests
The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, MPP, Minister of Energy
Minister Thibeault currently serves as the Minister of Energy for the Province of Ontario. He was previously Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, focusing on Climate Change. Before entering provincial politics, he was the Member of Parliament for Sudbury.
Attorney General of Ontario, The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, M.P.P.
Minister of Labour for Ontario, The Honourable Kevin Flynn, M.P.P.
The Honourable Senator Elaine McCoy
Romeo Saganash, M.P.
Lorne Coe, M.P.P.
Jim McDonell, M.P.P.
Arthur Potts, M.P.P.
Lisa Thompson, M.P.P.
Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville
The Pollution Probe Award
The Pollution Probe Award presentation is a Gala dinner highlight. The award celebrates extraordinary achievement by individuals or organizations working toward positive, tangible environmental change and exemplifying in their work the values espoused by Pollution Probe.
This year’s award will honour a ground-breaking pilot project that brings together social and environmental benefits towards our Paris Agreement goals.
Nivatha Balendra & Eden Full Goh
Committed to Community
Medicine Hat, represented by Jaime Rogers, Manager, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society
Dokis First Nation, represented by Chief Denise Restoule
Astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield
Leaders in Learning
Renowned author, journalist and columnist, Jeffrey Simpson
Catalysts of Innovation
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
2017 Pollution Probe Gala Committee
President and CEO, Aecon Group Inc.
Nicole Court, Director, Corporate Affairs, Aecon Group Inc.
Mathew Kattapuram, SVP, Strategic Business Development, Aecon Group Inc.
Sandra Odendahl, President and CEO, CMC Research Institutes
Ken Ogilvie, Independent Contractor
Mike Peters, Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, Global Public Affairs
Chris Robbins, CEO, Creative Dock Canada
James Scongack, Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Environment, Bruce Power
Thank you to our 2016 Gala Sponsors
Aird & Berlis LLP
Bullfrog Power Inc.
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Canadian Fuels Association
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association
Cement Association of Canada/Lafarge Canada Inc.
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Fasken Martineau/Global Automakers of Canada
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Hydro One Networks Inc.
ITC Lake Erie Connector
Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
Pollution Probe Chair’s Table
Power Workers’ Union
Sussex Strategy Group Inc.
Union Gas Limited