The Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction

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Guidelines for the Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction Application

Applications for 2020 are now open. Deadline to submit has been extended to May 30, 2020

Applications are now open for the Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction. The award is made biennially at the Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC).

Royal Galipeau was a federal Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, an impassioned advocate for trees and founder of National Tree Day in Canada. As a result of his activities, on March 2, 2011 the House of Commons passed his private member’s Motion-575 to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week as National Tree Day. The proclamation stated proudly that this was so that, “all Canadians can celebrate and share their passion for our nation’s forests and trees.” Royal’s love of trees came from his youth in eastern Ontario, where he planted 52 000 trees on various properties with his family. He passed away on January 27, 2018 at age 71. He was, as he often said, “a friend of the trees.”

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.

These outstanding contributions can be made locally, regionally, provincially, and nationally . International contributions to promote Canadian urban forestry can also be considered. Examples of contributions may include: research; operational activities; educational activities; organizational and administrative accomplishments; community services and artistic contributions.

The nomination shall be made on line and include:

  • A current and complete curriculum vitae
  • Three supporting letters indicating why the nominee deserves the award.
  • Up to five links to web resources that spotlight the candidate’s work

Review Committee:

A Review Committee will consist of selected representatives from Tree Canada, the Canadian Urban Forest Network Steering Committee, ISA Canadian Chapters and the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Eligibility and Conditions:

  • Open to all Canadians who are: urban forestry practitioners, researchers, educators, or anyone involved in activities utilizing, promoting or involving urban forestry – active and retired.
  • Eligible activities are those that have impacted Canada either locally, regionally, provincially or nationally or in the case of international contributions have promoted Canadian urban forestry.
  • Applications can be made on this online form only.
  • Applications can be made either by the (i) named applicant themselves or (ii) submitted on behalf of a named applicant by a nominator (such as a person in a senior position within his/her organization, Professor or person of recognized standing).
  • For the purpose of this award urban forestry is considered as including trees, woodlands, forests, natural green space* and green infrastructure* in an urban or peri-urban* setting.
  • All applications are treated as confidential by the Review Committee.
  • Applications will be accepted in English or French.

*Working definitions of terms for the purposes of these awards:

Natural green space: Defined as a network of public and private assets with or without public access, in urban and rural locations, for example, urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones in the absence of built infrastructure (buildings, playgrounds, soccer fields etc.).

Green infrastructure: Green infrastructure is defined as the natural vegetative systems that collectively provide society with a multitude of economic, environmental and social benefits. This includes: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; meadows and agricultural lands; urban agriculture; parks, gardens, turf, and landscaped area.

Peri-urban: areas (also called suburban areas) are described as the landscape interface between town and country, or also as the rural—urban transition zone where urban and rural uses mix and often clash.

Questions may be directed to:

Tree Canada
Please use CUFA AWARDS in the subject line.


If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2020, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2022.

Applicants and nominators are reminded that the decision of the Review Committee is final and cannot be challenged and correspondence will not be entered into.