Nature Canada
Photo by Kinan Echtay.


People and organizations inspire us to protect wildlife for our children’s future. They commit their time and energy not for the credit but for the results. They choose to take up the call to protect and advocate on behalf of nature.

Douglas H. Pimlott Award

The Douglas H. Pimlott Award is Nature Canada’s highest honour.

Douglas H. Pimlott was a renowned conservationist, wildlife biologist, ecologist and environmentalist. He was the founder of the modern environmental movement in Canada. The award was created over 30 years ago and is Nature Canada’s pre-eminent award. It is given to an individual whose outstanding contributions to Canadian conservation serve as an example to us all.


The Douglas H. Pimlott Award is Nature Canada’s most prestigious conservation award. It honours individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution throughout their lifetime through words and deeds to the conservation of Canada’s biodiversity, landscapes and wilderness. This contribution may have resulted from the individual’s occupational or professional responsibilities, and/or from their activities as a citizen or member of a group. On occasion an award may be made for a very special one-time achievement/contribution. Our preference is to make the award to a ‘living’ individual who has not otherwise received widespread recognition, although a ‘post-humous’ award may be considered.

Conservation Partner Award

The Conservation Partner Award recognizes the conservation efforts of a partner organization or volunteer who has supported a Nature Canada conservation initiative or directly supported Nature Canada’s mission.


Organizations and individuals affiliated with organizations that are affiliates in good standing with Nature Canada. Nomination for the award can be made by any member of Nature Canada.

Charles Labatiuk Volunteer Award

The Charles Labatiuk Volunteer Award was established through the legacy gift of Charles Labatiuk and the Charles Labatiuk Nature Endowment Fund. Charles Labatiuk was an avid nature conservationist, mountaineer and world traveler who enjoyed and excelled as a photographer, writer, gardener, and pianist. This award was introduced to honour his life and his passion for nature.


A resident of Canada, under the age of 18, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to volunteerism or mentorship, in an individual role, working toward the promotion or protection of Canadian natural spaces and the species that live within these natural spaces.

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Canada’s wilderness is the world’s envy. It’s our duty to keep our true north strong and green.