2023 EMA of BC Awards: Call for Submissions Open & Gala on June 27!

2023 EMA of BC Awards – Call for Submissions.

The EMA of BC is pleased to announce the return of our annual awards gala to the summer season for 2023! We are accepting award nominations for the following categories this year:

Remediation and Restoration  – This award recognizes outstanding work in the investigation and remediation or restoration for the environmental improvement of a site under either federal or provincial jurisdiction.  Completion of the investigation and remediation or restoration involving scientific advancement, innovation, and application of sustainable principles must have occurred in the past three years.

Emissions/ Discharge Control  – The Award for Emissions/Discharge Control recognizes outstanding work in the investigation of emissions or discharges to air, water, or land and implementation of controls to meet or exceed local, regional, provincial, or federal regulations or voluntary improvement targets.

Regulatory Challenge –  The Regulatory Challenge Award recognizes the unilateral effort, cost, and uncertainty assumed by organizations and environmental managers that have improved the regulatory environment for themselves and others by either 1) challenging the fairness or validity of regulations, or regulatory rulings, policies or practices, or 2) meeting the challenges of regulatory decisions, uncertainty, or demands with fortitude, fairness and innovation.

The Awards are open to EMA member organizations in the Province of British Columbia that have encouraged technological innovation, regulatory fairness, and application of the principles of sustainability, safety, and quality.

Please review the Entry Rules to confirm your project qualifies (Note: to be eligible for nomination, only the Lead Environmental Manager needs to be an EMA of BC member organization.) Please complete the Nomination Form by May 1, 2023.

*9th Annual* Emerging Environmental Professional Award – The Emerging Environmental Professionals Award recognizes an individual in their first 5 years in the environmental industry who has shown leadership within their company and the industry; demonstrated excellence in their practices; demonstrated commitment to the delivery of quality projects or results; accomplished outstanding achievements in their applicable fields; and shown leadership in the community.  Nominate an Emerging Environmental Professional by June 5, 2023!

*5th Annual* Indigenous Project Award – Call for Submissions – Nominations are now open for the EMA of BC’s 2023 Indigenous Project Award.  This award is presented annually in recognition and support of an Indigenous-led environmental project in BC focused on ecosystem restoration; environmental studies/research; or traditional ecological knowledge. Finalists will be announced in mid-June, and the award presented at the EMA of BC 2023 Awards Gala on June 27, 2023 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver. To submit a project for consideration for the Indigenous Project Award, please submit nomination form by May 31, 2023.

Previous recipients of the Indigenous Project Award include:

2021 – Chu Cho Environmental – Chase Caribou Road Restoration Program
2020 – Nawalakw Healing Society – Nawalakw Experience Centre
2019 – Doig River First Nation – Orphan Gas Wells Restoration project
2018 – Tsleil-Waututh Nation – Kelp and Eelgrass mapping project


The 2023 Awards Gala will take place this year to showcase and award the winning project submissions from our members on June 27th  at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver.