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The Roberta Bondar Foundation Award for Innovation and Creativity

Award Description:

The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s award for Innovation and Creativity recognizes an individual or organization that through innovation, creativity and passion in their field of endeavour, is implementing substantive actions to build hope for a better world. In alignment with the Foundation’s mission, vision and values and the legacy of our namesake, Canadian astronaut, physician, scientist, researcher and photographer, Dr. Roberta Bondar, the awardee must demonstrate through their leadership what they have done or will be doing toward protection and/or conservation of the environment, engaging children and youth in the natural world and/or actions related to the environment that improve mental health and well being.

Foundation Mission:

The Roberta Bondar Foundation connects people to the natural world, inspiring curiosity, respect for and conservation of the environment while building healthier lives.

Values of the Foundation:

  • Curiosity
  • Engagement
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Respect


The Board of Directors of the Roberta Bondar Foundation will select the recipient of the award. It may also elect to create an awards nomination and selection committee inclusive of board members and/or select advisors at the Board’s discretion.

Nominations or suggestions of potential recipients are most welcome. A special meeting of the Board will be held each year to select the recipient. Candidates’ names will be held in the strictest of confidence until formally announced.

The Board will ensure recipients represent the values, mission, and vision of the Foundation with a strong reputation for integrity and commitment to the environment and the generations to come (youth). The RBF will ask recipients to become ambassadors and advocates for the Foundation.

Details about how to submit nominations will be posted here soon.

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Press release for Air Canada's Innovation and Creativity Award
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RBF Director Elaine Paterson presents the Innovation and Creativity Award to Sam Elfassy, Vice President, Safety for Air Canada