Gala Program

Welcome to the 2022 Pollution Probe Annual Gala! 

A lot has changed since we held our last in-person event back in 2019. The global pandemic contributed to growing recognition of the importance and deepening of a wide range of systemic and contemporary issues that face us both as Canadians, and as part of an increasingly interconnected world.

This year’s gala theme, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Greening Canada in an Uncertain World, says it all. With everything happening in the world today, there has never been a more important time to stop and consider how we continue to meaningfully address environmental issues with immediacy, and without losing sight of their role in shaping our future. And beyond that, how do we keep the environment at the forefront of the agenda, while also addressing critical issues, including economic stressors, social equity, disinformation, and the need for Indigenous reconciliation.

While the rapid pace at which today’s world is changing makes the need for progress in meeting these challenges undeniable, so too is the fact that we have the knowledge, tools and technology to find innovative and effective solutions together. The gala is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate our successes to-date, while acknowledging that we are all united in our commitment to doing our part to ensure a better tomorrow.

Please enjoy the evening. We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to green Canada in an uncertain world.

Yours truly, 

Christopher Hilkene 


Kale Salad

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Kale, Treviso, Frisée, Quinoa, Cucumbers, Peppers, Grapes, Mint, Parsley, Shallot Dressing, Feta Cheese, Beet Hummus Spread, Harissa Chickpeas, Za’atar 

*Nutritional Yeast for Vegan Options


Piri Piri Chicken
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Piri Piri Marinated, Cheddar Schmaltz Polenta, Seasonal Vegetables, Kombu Jus, Heirloom Slaw

Vegetarian Option

Beyond Meat Cabbage Rolls
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Beyond Meat Chorizo, Butternut Squash Puree, Seasonal Vegetables, Pumpkin Seed Romesco, Heirloom Chili Slaw, Leek Hay


Hazelnut Crunch Cake

Hazelnut Sponge Cake, Venezula 72% Dark Chocolate Mousse, Hazelnut Whipped Cream, Nut Crunch, Cocoa Almond Nougat 

Special Guest

Minister David Piccini is Ontario’s Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks and Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South.  

The Minister has overseen historic protection of greenspace and biodiversity and is committed to creating Ontario’s first new operating provincial park in forty years. Now in his second term as MPP for Northumberland—Peterborough South and Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks, David continues to be a fierce advocate for clean, green growth and for delivering on the promises made to Ontarians.  

The Pollution Probe Award 2022 Recipient

A highlight of our annual gala is the Pollution Probe Award, which celebrates the extraordinary achievements of individuals or organizations working toward positive, tangible environmental change. This year, we are delighted to present the Award to Edward Burtynsky!

Edward Burtynsky

Fine Art Photographer

Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent over 40 years of his dedication to bearing witness to the impact of humans on the planet. Burtynsky’s photographs are included in the collections of over 60 major museums around the world. 

Burtynsky was born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto’s art community. He is still actively involved in the university community, and sits on the board of directors for The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre).

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About Pollution Probe

Pollution Probe is a Canadian charitable environmental organization founded in 1969 by University of Toronto students and faculty.

Over the past five decades, Pollution Probe has been at the forefront of progress on a range of environmental issues. Progress on many of these issues took decades of hard work to achieve. We pursue environmental gains by working productively with governments, industry and the public, with a steadfast commitment to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthy Planet.