The Canadian Museum of Nature announces the winners of the 2021 Nature Inspiration Awards


OTTAWA, November 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Canadian Museum is proud to announce the winners of its national Nature Inspiration Awards for 2021, which were presented in a virtual ceremony tonight.

Now in its eighth year, these annual awards recognize individuals, businesses and nonprofits that demonstrate leadership, innovation and creative approaches to sustainability to connect Canadians with nature and the natural world.

The 2021 winners include:

  • Lisa Mintz, a Montreal, Quebec community organizer for advocating the preservation and protection of urban green spaces;

  • Autumn Peltier, a teenager in Ottawa, Ontario for access to clean water in First Nations communities;

  • SmartICE, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, for integrating traditional knowledge with technology in arctic communities to monitor changes in sea ice;

  • The Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ottawa, for their national Wild Outside program, which encourages youth to connect with nature in urban communities;

  • Tentree, a sustainable apparel manufacturer and retailer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, for their innovative approach to incorporating tree planting into their business model;

  • the Kingfisher Interpretive Center Society of Enderby, British Columbia, for its volunteer-led salmon conservation education programs; and

  • Ken Jewett of Mulmur, Ontario rural town for philanthropy and conservation for revitalizing the native Canadian maple trees.

The 2021 awards comprised seven categories: youth (up to 17 years of age), adults, non-profit (small to medium), non-profit (large), sustainable business, community activities and life’s work.

“At a time when we are faced with the effects of the pandemic and greater biodiversity conservation challenges, it is inspiring to recognize these amazing individuals and groups,” said Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “Whether the effects of their efforts are local, regional or national, all of their innovative projects give us hope to lead us into a sustainable future.”

Videos on each of the recipients from 2021 can be viewed at

A jury selected the winners after reducing the applications to a shortlist of finalists. The winners will receive $ 5,000 that they can forward to a nature-related program of their choice.

The 2021 awards were supported by the presenting sponsor Facebook; Media partner The Globe and Mail and the Walrus; and category sponsors: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (youth); BDO Canada LLP (adults); Ontario Power Generation (nonprofit, small to medium-sized); Polar Knowledge Canada (nonprofit, large); Nasco Building Cleaning Inc. (Community Action) and The Mosaic Company (Sustainable Business).

About the Canadian Museum of Nature:
Save the world through evidence, knowledge and inspiration! The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada’s national museum of natural history and science. The museum offers evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and a meaningful examination of the past, present and future of nature. It does this through scientific research, a 14.6 million specimen collection, educational programs, signature and traveling exhibitions, and a dynamic website, Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature),
and Instagram (museumofnatur).

Information for media:
Dan Smythe
Head of Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-698-9253 (cell)
[email protected]


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