Pollution Probe’s annual gala is an opportunity to celebrate our work and show our appreciation to our passionate and dedicated supporters who share and help advance our vision of a clean and healthy environment for all Canadians. This year, the Gala will of course take a slightly different form, but it remains a celebration and an event that brings us together.
Last year, to commemorate our 50th Anniversary, Pollution Probe’s annual Gala featured, for the first time, a pre-Gala conference dedicated to developing a collective vision for environmental action in Canada out to 2050. One of the most striking aspects of the conference was the extent to which it highlighted the many ways in which pollution and climate change disproportionately affect the vulnerable and marginalized. For this year’s Conference and Gala, we will focus on how we, as a community dedicated to the protection of the environment, can work together to ensure that equity and social justice become fundamental elements of sustainable development. All Canadians should be able to participate in, and benefit from, a healthy environment and the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society in Canada.
The Pollution Probe Awards
The Pollution Probe Award presentation is a gala dinner highlight, celebrating extraordinary achievement by individuals and organizations working toward positive, tangible environmental change and exemplifying in their work the values espoused by Pollution Probe.
The Right Honourable M. Brian Mulroney, P.C., C.C., G.O.Q, received the 2019 Pollution Probe Environmental Leadership Award. 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.
The 2019 Pollution Probe Gala featured, for the first time, the Rising Star Award, recognizing the accomplishments and leadership of young people in the environmental sphere. The recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award was Ms. Autumn Peltier – water protector, water warrior, and Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner. Ms. Peltier’s work and advocacy has already won her a number of accolades both in Canada and internationally, as well as much-deserved recognition as a leader of the youth climate movement.
Ms. Peltier also attended the 2019 Gala Conference, leading the discussion on the Society and Politics theme as a panel speaker.
Living in the Plastic Age
Ocean Wise, represented by Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO
Carbicrete, represented by Chris Stern, Co-Founder and CEO, and Dr. Mehrdad Mahoutian, Co-Founder and CTO
Nivatha Balendra, McGill University, and Eden Full Goh, SunSaluter
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
Thank you to our 2019 Conference & Gala Sponsors
Gala Presenting Sponsor
Student Group Sponsor
Aecon Group Inc.
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
Global Automakers of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada