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Finalists announced for 2018 Nature Inspiration Awards from Canadian Museum of Nature

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Ottawa, September 20, 2018—The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences, is pleased to announce 23 finalists for the 2018 Nature Inspiration Awards. These honours, now in their fifth year, recognize individuals, groups and organizations whose leadership and innovation connect Canadians with the natural world.

Among the finalists are teens who advocate for environmental awareness, as well as adults who teach and mentor students, and engage the public through outreach programs. Some create documentaries, blogs or books to share their passion for nature. Businesses and not-for-profits show leadership in sustainable business practices and support community outreach, create links for the conservation of public and private land, or empower children and adults with hands-ons activities about biodiversity, nature and the environment. 

The shortlist for the 2018 awards comprises finalists in six categories: Youth (aged 17 and younger), Adults (aged 18 and up), Not-for-Profits (small to medium), Not-for-Profits (large), Businesses (small to medium), and Businesses (large).

A special Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to Dr. David Mossop, a professor emeritus of Yukon College with more than four decades devoted to wildlife research, nature conservation, education and advocacy.

"As in previous years, each of the 2018 finalists provide inspiring examples of the many ways that we can learn about, connect with, and promote the importance of nature and the value of living sustainably it,” says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature and Chair/ex-officio member of the selection jury. “We congratulate all the finalists, and we are grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge their achievements with the Nature Inspiration Awards.”

The museum will host a gala on November 7 to celebrate the finalists, and to announce the winners in each category. Media partners for the Nature Inspiration Awards are The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. Ontario Power Generation is a category sponsor for the small-medium Not-for-Profit award.

In addition to Meg Beckel, the jury included Shelley Ambrose, Executive Director/Co-Publisher, The Walrus; Caitlyn Baikie, Arctic Youth and Programs Partnership Manager, Students on Ice; Carolynn Beaty, Director of Granting, The Sitka Foundation; Linda Coady, Chief Sustainability Officer, Enbridge; Jack Cockwell, Chairman/CEO, Partners Limited; Philip Crawley, Publisher, The Globe and Mail; John Geiger, CEO, Royal Canadian Geographical Society; Geoff Green, Founder and Executive Director, Students on Ice Foundation; Lisa McLaughlin, Vice-president, conservation policy and planningNature Conservancy of Canada; and Arnold Witzig, Co-Founder, Arctic Inspiration Prize.

Winners for each category receive $5,000 that they can designate to a beneficial program of their choice. The Nature Inspiration Awards are produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature. Full details at nature.ca/awards.                                                                                                                                                  
Here is the list of finalists:

Youth category (aged 17 and under)

  • Isabella O’Brien, youth scientist/environmental advocate, Dundas, Ontario
  • Asha Mior, blogger/environmental advocate, Delta, British Columbia
  • Abhay Singh Sachal, community organizer/speaker, Surrey, British Columbia,
  • Rupert Yakelashek and Franny Ladell Yakelashek, community organizers/policy advocates, Victoria, British Columbia

Adult category (aged 18 and up)

  • Gisele Benoit, naturalist and documentary filmmaker, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec
  • Miriam Diamond, scientist/environmental educator,Toronto, Ontario
  • Max Liboiron, scientist/community organizer, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Not-For-Profit category (small/medium organization)

  • Fatal Light Awareness Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada, migratory bird conservation,Toronto, Ontario
  • Green Economy Canada, sustainability hubs, Toronto, Ontario
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust, Dartmouth, private land conservation, Nova Scotia
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCSC), conservation science, Toronto, Ontario

Not-For-Profit category (large organization)

  • Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), biodiversity monitoring, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), public land conservation, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Humber College, sustainability planning, Toronto, Ontario
  • New Brunswick Museum, BiotaNB, biological inventory project, Saint John, New Brunswic

Business category (small/medium)

  • A for Adventure, social media/marketing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Frontiers North Adventures, tour operator, Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba
  • Inhabit Media, publishing house, Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • The Plastic Bank, ocean plastics remediation, Vancouver, British Columbia

Business Category (large)

  • CN, transportation services/tree-planting, Montreal, Quebec
  • Emterra Group, waste-resource management, Burlington, Ontario
  • IKEA Canada, sustainable furniture and business practices, Burlington, Ontario
  • Keilhauer, sustainable furniture manufacturer, Toronto, Ontario

About the Canadian Museum of Nature
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Information for media:
Dan Smythe
Head, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
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John Swettenham
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
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