silver jubilee

silver jubilee

2007 Latornell Pioneer Ted Mosquin

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The Conservation Pioneer Award honours individuals who have contributed significantly to the conservation movement in Ontario. These prestigious awards are presented annually to deserving individuals at the A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium. This award is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated life-long, outstanding contributions to the field of conservation. They are recognized for their innovation, leadership and dedication to the conservation field. Either through their personal activities and/or leadership, they have gone beyond the call of duty or responsibility to an employer, client or their community. These individuals have helped to celebrate and inspire innovation in the conservation field and have made a difference in their area of expertise. Nominees have encouraged and motivated others to take similar leadership roles towards conservation work. Nominations are reviewed and evaluated by a special sub-committee of the Latornell Steering Committee. www.latornell.ca/pioneer Ted Mosquin Nominating Agency: Misisippi Va lley Conservation Ted Mosquin has had a distinguished career as a university professor, researcher and policy advisor deeply committed to involving governments and the public in a greater understanding of our ecologically intertwined world. He was deeply involved in many biodiversity studies and policy development in addition to being a member and major contributor on the Canadian delegation negotiating the Rio 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity. Ted also worked on drafting the 1995 Canadian Biodiversity Strategy, and was the principal author of the Museum of Nature's Country Study of Biodiversity. He has researched, coordinated, authored and edited articles, reports and books on endangered and threatened species, natural history, ecology and the ecosphere. Not just a researcher and author, he was the first President and Executive Director of the Canadian Nature Federation, President of CPAW S, and director of numerous other similar boards concerned with conservation and the environment. To all these organizations he brought a deep knowledge that enhanced their integrity and a quiet passion that gave them life. It is no wonder that the Government of Canada (Department of the Environment) put his name forward for the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for his conservation work. While Ted was busy contributing to international, national and regional levels, he was also focused on local issues. In a formal capacity, he is a valued member of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation and was the spark and driving force for the creation of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy in 2003, of which he is the President. Ted is a genuine and sincere conservationist with modesty who leads the way by example. His love of nature and his passion for the Purdon Conservation Area led to the creation of a nature trail into the highland forest area surrounding the fen. In 2005, Ted oversaw the construction of the trail that now bears his name. His accomplishments are diverse and many will remain a focal point for years to come.