Every year, we recognize outstanding companies, groups, and individuals who are making a difference for the environment and trees, whether locally or across Canada. Visit each award’s page to find out more and see past recipients.

  • Eterne Award

    The Eterne Award is Tree Canada’s highest honour. It is given to those companies who support Tree Canada and exemplify the very best in environmental stewardship.

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  • Ultimate Award

    Tree Canada created the Ultimate Award to acknowledge its sponsors who’ve been committed to our cause and who’ve provided over $1 million in funding since 1992.

    Malcolm Zander, an Ottawa wood turning artist, created three distinct pieces out of Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) for Tree Canada.

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  • Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction

    The Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction recognizes excellence in leadership and significant contributions in Canadian urban forestry over a minimum of ten years. A nominee of this award has considerably influenced and/or changed the direction of urban forestry through their work, insights and contributions. They have made a substantial impact in the field of urban forestry and how we think about and practice urban forestry.

    Congratulations to our 2020 Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction winner!


    Peter N. Duinker

    Dr. Peter N. Duinker has been a professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University since 1998. Peter has distinguished himself during the last 15 years as one of Canada’s leading urban-forest scholars and practitioners. After 25 years of scholarship on hinterland forests, both timber-producing and protection, he turned his attention to urban forests. Since his collaborative work in Halifax on two key urban-forest plans – the Point Pleasant Park Comprehensive Plan (2008) and the Halifax Regional Municipality Urban Forest Master Plan (2013) – he has become the preeminent urban-forest academic in Atlantic Canada.



    Past Winner

    2018 winner: Owen Croy (Faculty of Forestry, UBC)

  • Public Education Award

    The Tree Canada Public Education Award recognizes excellence in furthering the understanding of urban forestry issues and/or encouraging best practices in the urban forestry sector. This award is open to individuals, the media or organizations.

    Congratulations to our 2020 Public Education Award winners!


    UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP)

    CALP is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on innovative solutions that bridge research & practice, bringing visualization, science, modeling, land-use & landscape planning, & participatory processes to community engagement & capacity building on sustainability issues. CALP’s goals are to develop & implement better ways of collaborative learning, planning & social mobilization on climate change, community energy, urban forestry & other aspects of sustainable landscapes.

    UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) is raising public awareness of urban forests, with their Citizens Coolkit, an innovative, comprehensive, exemplary outreach program that brings communities together around trees and climate action. By empowering Canadian households with a fun DIY toolkit, community members learn about their neighbourhood’s urban forest, and how it affects and is affected by climate change.


    Richard W. Harper

    Richard W. Harper, PhD, is an Extension Associate Professor of Urban & Community Forestry at the University of Massachusetts. Rick is a Past-President of the International Society of Arboriculture – New England Chapter, and is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist.

    Based on formal research interview data with urban forestry stakeholders (Harper et al. 2017), Rick launched the Urban Forestry Today monthly noonhour webcast series in 2014, to provide free, openly-accessible CEU opportunities to arborists/urban foresters across Canada, the U.S., and globally, regarding research-based best practices.

    Through his supervision and instruction of urban forestry/arboriculture graduate and undergraduate students, he is also actively training arborists and arboriculture researchers for the next generation. Rick and his students continue to investigate key questions aimed at advancing and building the base of knowledge in urban forestry in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada.



    Past Winner

    2018 winner: The Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario

  • Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award

    The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Youth Volunteer Award recognizes outstanding volunteer services in urban forestry to the community by young Canadians between the ages of 15-24. More than one award per year will be considered. Volunteer services can be at the local, regional, provincial, national or international level.

    Canadian Urban Forest Awards (CUFA) 2020 applications are now closed.

  • Urban Forestry Student Bursary

    The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary is available to students in Canada who have a strong interest in and dedication for urban forestry as demonstrated by their academic, volunteerism and extra-curricular activities.  The bursary will support the cost of hotel, travel, meals and registration expenses for a full-time student to attend the Canadian Urban Forest Conference, held every two years in Canada. The approximate value of the bursary is $2,000.00.

    Congratulations to our 2020 Urban Forestry Student Bursary winner!


    Sophie Nitoslawski

    Sophie Nitoslawski is a PhD Candidate in Urban Forestry, Sustainable Development Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Her fascination with trees and forests was cemented during one of her undergraduate courses while identifying and measuring trees in a primeval forest in snowshoes and mittens. After completing her Bachelors in Environmental Studies at McGill University, she secured funding for graduate work at Dalhousie University, with the ultimate aim of protecting and enhancing the many benefits of our forests. Post-Master’s, she worked as an arboriculture inspector for the City of Montreal, where she gained valuable experience in urban forest program management, tree inspection and assessment, and public education for urban forestry. She truly enjoy using her leadership skills to engage with citizens, students, practitioners, and researchers, and to develop a dialogue about the importance of green spaces and effective forest management in building healthier and more sustainable communities.



    Past Winner

    2018 winner: Laura Nguyen (University of Toronto)

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