2018 Award Winners
The Canadian Museum of Nature is proud to present the winners of the Nature Inspiration Awards.
Supported by Bruce Power.
Isabella O'Brien, age 17, Dundas, Ontario
After learning about the effects of ocean acidification on coral at age 11, Isabella designed a way to use sea shells to return calcium into the ocean. The project earned her Gold Medals at the 2014 and 2016 Canada-Wide Science Fairs. She also serves as an environmental advocate on her M.P.'s Youth Advisory Council.
Max Liboiron, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
A scientist, activist and community organizer, Max Liboiron directs a unique marine-plastic-pollution laboratory at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has invented easy community-based methods and technologies to make the science accessible to non-scientists and help people engage in environmental action.
Dave Mossop, Whitehorse, Yukon
Dave Mossop has dedicated more than four decades to research, nature conservation, education and advocacy, as a wildlife biologist at the forefront of national and international efforts to protect endangered species, especially the Peregrine Falcon in Yukon. Through his inspiration and direction, Yukon's first interpretive site was established on the Dempster Highway. He is a founding member of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and continues to share his passion for nature, especially birds, as an advisor and mentor for biodiversity research and educational outreach.
Supported by Ontario Power Generation.
The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada, Toronto, Ontario
For over 25 years, FLAP Canada has worked to prevent migratory-bird collisions with buildings in urban areas. Its formal bird-rescue initiative in Toronto was a world first. Toronto City Council adopted FLAP's recommendations to develop a light-pollution bylaw and guidelines for existing buildings and new construction. Dozens of cities have since followed Toronto's lead.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
As Canada's only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of public land, CPAWS has influenced some of the most significant decisions in nature conservation and management of protected areas over the last five decades. Recently, CPAWS's efforts led to the Government of Canada announcing $1.3 billion dollars for conservation in the 2018 Federal Budget: the largest such investment in our nation's history.
Inhabit Media, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Inhabit Media is the only independent, Inuit-owned publishing house in Nunavut. In 12 years of operation, Inhabit Media has published more than 100 titles in four languages (French, English, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun) in all genres—from children's books to scientific information to graphic novels, working to maintain Inuit traditions and knowledge, including links to the unique northern environment.
The Plastic Bank, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Plastic Bank aims to stop ocean plastic pollution by monetizing plastic waste. Plastic that people collect is accepted as currency that can be redeemed for cash, or saved for items such as education, health-care insurance, or food. The Plastic Bank has prevented over 4.5 million kilograms of plastic from entering the ocean in Haiti and the Philippines alone.
CN, Montréal, Quebec
Working with Tree Canada, CN has planted 1.7 million trees since 2012, capturing roughly 16 296 tonnes of CO2 per year—comparable to taking 3500 cars off the road! The company's EcoConnexions from the Ground Up program also enables municipalities to take part in community tree-planting and greening initiatives. Since 2012, this program has supported the planting of 112 492 trees and shrubs through 199 grants.