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Conservation Awards

Ontario Nature celebrated the dedication of individuals, organizations and cities for their conservation efforts across Ontario. These conservation heroes fought to preserve Ontario’s natural beauty as they went above and beyond to protect wild species and wild spaces. Nominations are open now for 2017.

Ontario Nature Annual Gathering award winners © Noah Cole

Nominations for 2017

Do you know a conservation hero whose efforts and accomplishments deserve recognition? Now is your chance to nominate them for one of Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards and celebrate their achievements! The award category descriptions and submission guidelines can be found in the resources below.

Please submit your nominations by March 26, 2018!

All award winners will be recognized at Ontario Nature’s 87th Annual Gathering at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort and Conference Centre on June 2, 2018 and will be featured in the fall 2018 issue of ON Nature magazine.

You can submit a nomination online today! If you would like to submit your nomination via mail, please download the PDF below.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Jaklynn Nimec at or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271.

Volunteer helping at tree planting event © Noah Cole

Recipients for 2016

Larry Cornelis, former president of Lambton Wildlife Inc. and the Sydenham Field Naturalists, received the Ontario Nature Achievement Award for his conservation work in southwestern Ontario. He is a sought-after speaker for local naturalist clubs and gardening groups, and also leads hikes for Lambton Wildlife’s young naturalists group and Sarnia Girl Guides.

Conservation Awards, Larry Cornelis © Noah Cole

Dorothy Tiedje received the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of botany in Ontario.

Conservation Award for Dorothy Tiedje accepted by David Wake © Noah Cole

Bill McIlveen received the W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for his dedication to surveying and writing about Ontario’s wildlife and plants. He has authored more than 300 articles and reports on nature in the province.

Conservation Award for Bill Mcilveen © Noah Cole

Karen Bateman and Marilyn Swaby received the Richards Education Award for their longtime commitment to connecting children and youth with nature. They both volunteer with Nature Guelph’s Young Naturalists Program.

Karen Bateman and Marilyn Swaby accept the Richards Education Award © Noah Cole

Oakville Mayor, Robert Burton received the Lee Symmes Municipal Award for his work to make Oakville one of the leading municipalities on environmental issues.

Oakville Mayor, Robert Burton © Robert Burton

Joe Johnson received the Ian Shenstone Fraser Memorial Award for his contribution to numerous life science reports for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Conservation Award for Joe Johnson © Noah Cole

Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum, founding members of rare Charitable Research Reserve, received the Steve Hounsell Greenway Award. Their work ensures over 900 acres of highly sensitive lands remain protected and accessible to the public.

rare received award from Steve Hounsell © Noah Cole

Beverly Kingdon received the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for her tireless efforts to reintroduce and protect trumpeter swans in Ontario.

Conservation Award for Beverly Kingdon © Noah Cole

Shawn Micallef received the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award for his work with Spacing Magazine and The Toronto Star to capture nature in urban areas and remind readers they belong to a broader environment.

Conservation Award accepted by Andrew Reeves © Noah Cole

Wild Ontario received the Ontario Nature Corporate Award for its science-based environmental education throughout southwestern Ontario using live, non-releasable birds-of-prey.

Conservation Award for Wild Ontario © Noah Cole