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.

Click the link below to learn more about the 2019 Gala Conference and read the Conference report

For more information, email gala@pollutionprobe.org or call 416-926-1907 x 234.

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.

Past Winners

Brian MulroneyThe 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.

Autumn PeltierThe 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


Piloting Progress


Carbicrete, represented by Chris Stern, Co-Founder and CEO, and Dr. Mehrdad Mahoutian, Co-Founder and CTO


Generation Now


Nivatha Balendra, McGill University, and Eden Full Goh, SunSaluter


Committed to Community

Jaime Rogers

Medicine Hat, represented by Jaime Rogers, Manager, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society


Future Builders


Dokis First Nation, represented by Chief Denise Restoule


Come Together

Date: 03-14-12
Location: NBL
Subject: Expedition 35 (Soyuz 33S) crew members Tom Marshburn and Chris Hadfield during EVA training at the NBL.
Photographer: James Blair

Astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield


Leaders in Learning

Jeffrey Simpson
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Renowned author, journalist and columnist, Jeffrey Simpson


Catalysts of Innovation

October 12, 2010 
Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada 

Official portrait of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at Rideau Hall, on October 12, 2010. 

Photo credit: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall, OSGG

© Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2010)

12 Octobre 2010 
Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada 

Portrait officiel de Son Excellence le très honorable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., gouverneur général et commandant en chef du Canada à Rideau Hall, le 12 octobre 2010. 

Mention de source : Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall, BSGG

 © Sa Majesté la Reine du Chef du Canada représentée par le Bureau du secrétaire du gouverneur général (2010)

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Thank you to our 2019 Conference & Gala Sponsors

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 Sponsor


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


Click below to see photos from past Pollution Probe Galas: