A Tribute to Julie Gelfand, Nature Canada’s Latest Pimlott Award Winner


Nature lover, sustainability knowledgeable, faucet dancer—all these phrases describe our latest Pimlott Award Winner, Julie Gelfand. For 35 years, Julie has been a champion of the surroundings in each the private and non-private sectors, and has had nice success in bringing individuals collectively throughout the  sectors. She has served because the federal Commissioner of the Atmosphere and Sustainable Growth, Vice President of Sustainability with the Mining Affiliation of Canada, and Vice President of Atmosphere and Social Accountability for the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Firm of Canada. She is at present Vice-Chair of the Board at World Wildlife Fund Canada and sits on the board of Clear Seas for Accountable Marine Transport. And let’s not neglect her sixteen years as Govt Director of Nature Canada (1992–2008).

“I made a decision I wished to work on the Canadian Nature Federation (now often called Nature Canada) after I was eighteen years outdated and a third-year biology pupil at Carleton College,”  says Julie. “I used to be  within the biology membership room and pulled out a duplicate of the Nature Canada journal. Proper then and there, I made a decision that I wished to work at Nature Canada… and I obtained the Govt Director position at thirty-one!

In a 2022 interview with Nature Canada, Julie elaborated on her very fruitful time with the group: “I consider Canadians have a global obligation to guard as a lot nature as we will. Once I was Govt Director at Nature Canada, I used to be very proud to assist the crew that achieved various superb milestones collectively.”

These milestones included defending thousands and thousands of acres of nature in new nationwide parks, pushing for the first-ever federal regulation to guard Canada’s endangered species, founding the Inexperienced Price range Coalition and figuring out all of Canada’s Essential Chicken Areas. Julie continues to assist Nature Canada as a Guardian of Nature Month-to-month Donor, a Ladies for Nature founding member, and a Whittemore Legacy Circle Donor.

Julie Gelfand, Pimlott Award Winner

“When I’m in nature,” says Julie, “I really feel linked to it, and to the those that have been right here earlier than me and the individuals who can be right here after me.”

A type of individuals she would possibly nicely really feel linked to is Douglas H. Pimlott (1920 – 1978), famend wildlife biologist and environmentalist. The Pimlott Award was created over thirty years in the past in his title and is awarded to a person whose excellent contributions to Canadian conservation encourage us all.

And after thirty-five years, our latest Pimlott Award winner continues to be inspiring a large viewers. A licensed coach with the Worldwide Teaching Federation, Julie advises nongovernmental organizations on management, strategic planning and advocacy.  She is Chair of the Canadian Nuclear Security Fee Departmental Audit Committee and a member of the Statistics Canada Departmental Audit Committee. Not too long ago she was named Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Munk Faculty of World Affairs and Public Coverage on the College of Toronto.  In her retirement years, she has taken up mountain biking, snowboarding and faucet dancing.

As we have fun Nature Canada’s eighty fifth anniversary, it’s with pleasure and gratitude that we acknowledge Julie’s achievements in all her chosen areas of endeavour!



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