June 11, 2007

Ceremony honours 2007 Canadian Environment Award winners

Achievements in environmental protection, preservation and restoration by individuals and organizations across Canada were honoured in Montreal as the Canadian Environment Awards presented its flagship Community Awards for 2007 on June 4.

The winners, in six categories, were chosen from more than 120 nominations submitted by the Canadian public. Gold and silver awards were presented by GisËle Jacob, president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Clive Mather, president and CEO of Shell Canada, lead corporate sponsor of the Canadian Environment Awards. Gold and Silver recipients received prizes of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, which they will donate to the environmental cause of their choice. All winners also received framed plaques specially designed for the Canadian Environment Awards by Canada Post.

The Gold award in the climate change category was presented to the Toronto-based Clean Air Foundation for its Car Heaven program. Silver awards went to the Eastern Townships regional council on environment (Conseil régional de l'environnement de l'Estrie), of Sherbrooke, Quebec, for its sustainable transportation program, and to Stuart Hickox, of Ottawa for Project Porchlight.

Mike James and Kathleen Martin of the Nova Scotia leatherback turtle working group, in Halifax, received the Gold award for conservation. The Silver award recipients were the Yukon chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, for its Three Rivers journey, and Native Orchid Conservation, a Winnipeg-based group dedicated to protecting mini-ecosystems and their plant communities.

Awards for restoration and rehabilitation were presented to: the Nile Creek Enhancement Society, Gold winner for its salmon habitat restoration project in Bowser, British Columbia; and Silver winners the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, a Sudbury, Ontario community creek restoration group, and Tree Canada, an Ottawa-based foundation dedicated to planting trees throughout Canada.

In the sustainable living category, the recipient of the Gold award was the Eco-quartier Jeanne-Mance/Mile End, Tourne-Sol Community Composting Centre, in Montréal. Silver recipients included the Community Environment Alliance of Peel, Share-IT: Computers for Community, of Brampton, Ontario, and George McCubbin, of Lindsay, Ontario, who works to promote eco-efficiencies in multi-unit residential buildings.

The Nunavik Research Centre, an Inuit-managed environmental-health facility in Kuujjuaq, Quebec received the Gold award in the environmental health category. Silver awards went to the Lac La Biche watershed steering committee, a Lakeland County, Alberta group working to protect water quality in the region; and the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium, a multi-stakeholder research and education group based in Gimli, Manitoba.

The Citation of Lifetime Achievement 2007, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard (Canada), was presented to Jean Lemire, a biologist, adventurer and film director and producer who is fast becoming one of Canada's most influential environmental ambassadors. Lemire, who delivered the evening's keynote address, has dedicated the past 20 years to forging a new model for environmental activism, one that mixes adventure with ecology in compelling documentary films. His historic expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic have served to inform millions of viewers around the world about the threats these unique ecosystems face from climate change.

The Canadian Environment Awards is a partnership involving Canadian Geographic Enterprises, the federal government and Shell Canada. The program is supported by 14 Canadian corporations. In addition to the Community Awards, sponsored by Shell Canada, and the Citation of Lifetime Achievement, sponsored Hewlett-Packard (Canada), the program includes the Green Team Challenge, sponsored by the TD Bank Financial Group and the Ideas for Life Award, sponsored by Panasonic Canada. Full details, including profiles of this year's winners may be viewed on-line at www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea.

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