Please join us for the 2018 Environmental Defence Gala as we celebrate over 30 years of leading environmental change in Canada. Enjoy an engaging conversation about how Disruptive Change happens – exploring how the unpopular becomes the mainstream and progress is made towards a better world.

When: March 28th, 2018 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

Click here to see highlights of the 2017 Gala and here for photos from the evening

Save the Date! Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Watch highlights from our 2017 Gala here

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The funds raised by the Gala will help Environmental Defence continue to invest in change that transforms the way we consume our precious resources and moves us towards a clean economy.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information on sponsorships please contact:
Corinne Berman
Development Director
Tel: 416.323.9521 x230

Keynote Speakers

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
Lawyer, Musician and Artist

Terri-Lynn is a citizen of the Haida Nation and also its General Counsel. She has represented the Haida Nation at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and is lead counsel for the Haida Nation’s aboriginal title case, as well as the related reconciliation negotiations – which have resulted in innovative agreements with British Columbia and Canada.
Terri-Lynn was the founding Executive Director of the charity EAGLE (Environmental-Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education), and has served as a juror for the Ecotrust (US) Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership, board member of the Haida Gwaii Singers Society and a partner with Raven Calling Productions. In 2014 she was honoured with the Andrew Thompson Award for environmental advocacy.

Michael Perley
Environmental and public health advocate

Michael co-founded the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain in 1980 and was its co-Executive Coordinator for a decade. The Coalition successfully lobbied for reductions in acid rain-causing emissions in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1993, Michael has led the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco’s efforts to pass the Ontario Tobacco Control Act and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act , Smoke-Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act and the Ontario Making Healthier Choices Act . In 2012, Michael was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his work on tobacco control and in 2015 received the Canadian Cancer Society’s National Impact Award for leadership in public policy.

Tim Gray, M.Sc
Executive Director of Environmental Defence and change maker

Tim has over 25 years experience developing and implementing environmental policy change efforts. These have included major shifts in land conservation, forest practices and climate change. Starting out his career as a biologist and policy analyst he has spent a lot of time learning skills that move complex environmental issues toward resolution. He has worked with other change makers on the front lines of conflict and has also taken his skills inside to work on government advisory committees and in complex negotiations with industry

Tim is happiest when working with a team who is leading a conversation the world is not quite ready for.

Tzeporah Berman, BA, MES, LLD (honoris causa)
Environmental activist, campaigner, writer

Tzeporah has been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy in Canada and around the world for twenty-five years. She is the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy Program and Co-founder of ForestEthics (now Stand.Earth). Tzeporah is an Adjunct Professor of York University Faculty of Environmental Studies and works as a strategic advisor to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations on climate and energy issues. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia, the YWCA Woman of distinction Award and honoured with permanent inclusion in the BC Royal Museum as one of 150 people who have changed Canada’s history for her role in the Great Bear Rainforest Campaign.



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