In 2015, the NPCF launched a new award gala to honour the Rt. Hon. John Turner, Canada's 17th Prime Minister. The award is handed out annually to an individual, group or business who has demonstrated leadership in promoting or improving water and the environment within the NPCA’s watershed. Proceeds from the Award Gala support scholarships at Brock University and Niagara College as well as conservation projects across the Niagara Region, Hamilton and Haldimand County.
2017 Award Nomination Documents
2017 Keynote Speaker-David Newland
David Newland is a writer, musician and host with a passion for the Canadian experience. His current project is The Northwest Passage in Story and Song, a presentation & performance based on his travels to the Arctic as a Zodiac driver with Adventure Canada. In November of 2015, David was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a distinction that reflects a lifelong engagement with landscape and story.
Born in Ottawa, raised on the shores of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound, David crisscrossed Canada and travelled the world before settling in Cobourg, Ontario.
Awarded a scholarship to Lester B. Pearson United World College at seventeen, David went on to study literature at McGill and graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Fine Arts program, majoring in photography. He then forged a unique career in the arts and media, combining writing, music, photography, public speaking and web production.
David Newland’s latest album, Give It A Whirl, has been played on CBC and on roots radio shows from coast to coast. A new album, Northbound! featuring material based on David’s Arctic adventures is set for release in 2017. David has appeared in the television programs Canada’s Greatest Ride, for which he also wrote the theme song, and Mighty Cruise Ships. David spends summers travelling with Adventure Canada as a Zodiac driver, performer and host, and travels as a performer and speaker from coast to coast throughout the year. He is slated to begin production on his new album, Northbound, in November of 2017.
2016 Highlight Reel