2019 Program


Welcome to the Pollution Probe’s 50th anniversary gala.

There is much to celebrate! For Probe, it is an opportunity to reflect upon the past, present and future of our organization and the environment. A lot has changed since 1969, when the first Pollution Probers had to explain words like “pollution” and “environment”.

In our early days, we helped remove phosphates from detergents. We coined the widely recognized phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and helped create Blue Box recycling. We tackled Great Lakes pollution and acid rain. Later on, we helped to reduce sulphur content in gasoline, close Ontario’s coal plants, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. More recently, Pollution Probe has been accelerating the uptake of electric and hydrogen vehicles, contributing to Ontario’s Drive Clean Program redesign to target heavy duty truck emissions, and pushing for extended producer responsibility to reduce plastic pollution and move towards a circular economy. Quite simply, Canadians are healthier because Pollution Probe has been here.

And yet, many challenges remain. Climate Change is the most pressing and challenging environmental issue the world has ever faced. We need to do more in an increasingly constrained time window to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time adapt to an inevitably changing climate. Our water is challenged by things like harmful bacteria, nutrients, plastics, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Air pollution from transportation, electricity generation, buildings and industry continues to have an impact on the health and well-being of Canadians and the environment.

Pollution Probe’s 50th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate our legacy, environmental leadership, and to recommit ourselves to developing solutions to the environmental challenges before us. Our history demonstrates that when dedicated people pull together, solutions present themselves. Pollution Probe will be here, working with all of you, to craft the solutions for better human health and the environment.

Please enjoy the evening. We thank you for your support and friendship.

Yours truly,

Christopher Hilkene


12:30 P.M.

Registration and networking

1:00 P.M.

Welcome and opening remarks

Christopher Hilkene, CEO, Pollution Probe
R. Stacey Laforme, Chief, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Part One: Perspectives on the Future

1:10 P.M.

Keynote Address

Mark Jaccard, Professor, Simon Fraser University

1:40 P.M.

Remarks from panelists representing the four conference themes

Energy and Transportation
Andrea Brecka, General Manager, Retail Canada, Shell
Climate and Ecology
Blair Feltmate, Professor, University of Waterloo and Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Circular Economy
Sarah Marshall, Director of Sustainability, Nova Chemicals
Society and Politics
Autumn Peltier, Chief Water Commissioner, Anishinabek Nation

2:00 P.M.

Moderated panel discussion

Panelists to discuss interplay between conference themes as they pertain to the future of sustainable development in Canada

Steve McCauley, Senior Director, Policy, Pollution Probe (moderator)

2:40 P.M.


Part Two: Collaborating on a Future Environmental Vision for Canada

2:50 P.M.

Where Do We Want To Go?

Working Group #1
Creating an environmental vision for Canada for 2050

3:25 P.M.

What Do We Need To Do Now To Get There?

Working Group #2
What steps do we need to take now to prepare for reaching our 2050 vision?

4:15 P.M.

Message from the Sponsor

James Scongack, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services, Bruce Power

4:25 P.M.

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Derek May &
Melissa DeYoung,
Pollution Probe


5:30 P.M.

Networking Reception, Silent Auction and Interactive Displays

7:00 P.M.


Andria Case, Emcee
Land acknowledgement
Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare
Sponsor remarks
Andrea Brecka, Shell
Opening remarks & Pollution Probe retrospective
Christopher Hilkene, CEO, Pollution Probe
Presentation of Environmental Leadership Award
Marc Mageau, Suncor
Remarks from award recipient
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, P.C., C.C., G.O.Q.
Presentation of Peter Middleton Legacy Award
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Remarks from MPP
Andrea Khanjin, M.P.P. Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Presentation of Rising Star Award
Sean Morley, Board of Directors, Chair
Remarks from award recipient
Autumn Peltier, Chief Water Commissioner, Anishinabek Nation

9:30 P.M.

Event Closes


1st Course

Leaves of Belgian Endive & Treviso with candy cane beets, ash goat cheese, ice wine cranberry compote, olive oil, balsamic reduction & seedling cress

Artisan Rolls & Flat bread

Truffle Scented Herb Butter

2nd Course

Roasted Supreme of Chicken with dauphinoise potato gratin, maple roasted squash, haricot verts, pickled shallots and mustard jus


Coconut Curry Chickpea Ragout with bok choy, jasmine rice, daikon slaw, mango, scallions and cashews (VEGAN)


Display of Mini French Pastries, Macarons & Tarts, Fresh Berries

Dinner Wine

Peller Estates Chardonnay, Niagara

Peller Estates Cabernet Merlot, Niagara


2019 has been a banner year for Pollution Probe with the commemoration of our 50th Anniversary, but our celebrations have been tempered with sadness at the passing of a dear friend and iconic leader – our first ever Executive Director, Peter Middleton. He was a leader in energy and environmental management and an inspiration to all who knew him. As a co-founder of Pollution Probe, he was a driving force behind the organization’s earliest achievements and helped shape the legacy and identity of Pollution Probe as it exists today. On an anniversary that Probe would not have reached without his efforts, talent and dedication, we pay tribute to him with the Peter Middleton Legacy Award, in gratitude and the deepest respect for Peter’s memory.

The award is dedicated to Pollution Probe’s early founders and accepted on their behalf by:

  • John Coombs
  • Monte Hummel
  • Brian Kelly
  • Ruth Kelly
  • Ann Love
  • Geoff Love
  • Peter Love


The Right Honourable M. Brian Mulroney, P.C., C.C., G.O.Q, will be in attendance at the Gala to receive the 2019 Pollution Probe Environmental Leadership Award and to share his thoughts on Canada and the environment past, present and future.

As Prime Minister, Mr. Mulroney displayed exceptional commitment to environmental protection, negotiating the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Accord and passing both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Canada’s Green Plan and eight major national parks were brought into being during his tenure, allowing for the protection of vital ecosystems, and Canada became an early leader on climate action thanks in large part to his leadership at the UNCED Earth Summit as Canada’s first Prime Minister to focus proactively on climate change.

We’re honoured to have M. Mulroney involved in our 50th anniversary celebrations!


Autumn Peltier is a 15-year-old Anishinaabekwe and citizen of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, a member First Nation of the Anishinabek Nation, and located on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. She is a water protector, also referred to as a Water Warrior, who has been advocating for the protection of Nibi (water) and Mother Earth since the age of eight. She was inspired and mentored by her Great Auntie Josephine Mandamin, former Chief Water Commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation. She is rooted and guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings in all of her endeavors.

Autumn has gained national and international recognition and uses that platform to emphasize the connection of the Anishinabek to the land and water and their role to protect the lifeline of Mother Earth, and brings to the forefront the need for clean water for First Nations in Canada. Autumn understands that the work to protect Nibi and Mother Earth must happen immediately in order to secure a future for the next generations to come.

Autumn was appointed as the Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner in June 2019 where she will be representing the Anishinabek Nation on all matters as they relate to water. Autumn is a three-time nominee for the International Children’s Peace Price; a nominee for the 2019 Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award; recipient of 2017 Canadian Living Me to We Award Youth in Action under 12; recipient of the Sovereign Medal of Exceptional Volunteerism in 2017; recipient of 2017 Ontario Junior Citizens Award; 2018 Ottawa Riverkeeper Award; recipient of the 2019 Water Warrior Award from Ecologos; recognized as one of 30 under 30 by North America for Environmental Education; and was named in the 100 Most Influential People in the World for Climate Change Policy in 2019.


As a Member of the Ontario PC Caucus Services, Andrea Khanjin, MPP knows what it takes to help focus on the things that affect our communities, including the continuation of cleaning up Lake Simcoe. Andrea’s care and desire to help create a better community and habitat landed her the title of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks. This entitlement will allow her to help better the community in which she is so very proud to call home.

In 2018, the people in the Barrie-Innisfil Riding elected Andrea. She will now work hard to bring positive results for everyone. She hopes to secure funding for our infrastructure needs, make life in our communities more affordable and deliver an economic strategy that will help for better-paying jobs.

She is proud of the values of hard work, service and respect that she has learned by living in Innisfil. She is ready to serve Barrie-Innisfil and bring those values into Queen Park.


Gala Presenting Sponsor


Dinner Sponsor


Advocate Sponsors

Ice River

Student Group Sponsor

The George and Helen Vari Foundation

Award Sponsor

Friend Sponsors

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association | Association canadienne des constructeurs de véhicules
Loblaw Companies Limited

Stage Sponsors


Associate Sponsors

Aecon Group Inc.
Alectra Utilities
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc.
Cement Association of Canada
Chamber of Marine Commerce
Coca Cola Ltd.
The Delphi Group/GLOBE Series
Enbridge Inc.
Global Automakers of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada
Ryerson University
TC Energy
York University

Conference Presenting Sponsor

Bruce Power

Conference Plenary Sponsor

Ontario Power Generation

Conference Coffee Break Sponsor



Actual Media Inc.
Aga Khan Museum
ALUS Canada
Australian Boot Company
Avenue Road Arts School
Canadian Stage Company
David’s Tea
Document Direction Limited
Gardiner Museum
GoodLife Fitness
Goodlot Farmstead Brewing
Grape Escape
Green Beaver
Greenhouse Juice
Henderson Brewing
Hockey Hall of Fame

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Ice River Springs
Khadijah Amin
Lifford Wine & Spirits
Mama Earth Organics
Mariposa Cruises
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Michael Kluthe Salon and Spa
National Ballet of Canada
Neilsen Fitness
Ontario Science Centre
Plug’n Drive
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Royal Ontario Museum
Sgt Splatters
Shawn and Ed Brewing
SkyZone Trampoline Park
Soulpepper Theatre Company
The Big Carrot
The Flying Yogi
The Keg
The Make Den
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
The Rock Oasis
The Second City
Toronto Zoo
True North Rock Climbing
VIA Rail
Windsor Arms Hotel

Please join thousands of committed Canadians who are helping to ensure that clean air and clean water remain high on the national agenda.