Aster Awards

Toronto Botanical Garden celebrates three extraordinary individuals who embody the Toronto Botanical Garden’s mission to transform our city by connecting  people to plants and the natural world. The Aster Awards recognize the work of these “green stars” –  people whose achievements inspire us to cherish and conserve nature.

Guests will enjoy a reception-style dinner inspired by flavours of the fall season, prepared by Eatertainment Special Events and Catering. Wines for the evening generously provided by Prince Edward County’s  Closson Chase Vineyards.  The evening’s signature cocktail will feature honey from the Toronto Botanical Garden’s beehives.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Toronto Botanical Garden, Floral Hall
Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Individual ticket: $150 *
Reserved Table of 8: $1500 *

For tickets or more information call 416-397-1483

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the Aster Awards, click here  DONATE 

All proceeds from this event support Toronto Botanical Garden. TBG is a registered charity BN 1192 27486 RR0001
* Charitable receipt issued for the maximum allowable amount and additional benefits for table holders.


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Sarah Harmer
Singer/songwriter and environmental activist
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David Harvey
Parks advocate, policy change-agent
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2016 Rising Star Award Recipient
Eric Davies
Urban ecosystem researcher

Various portraits of the CBC executives and personalities photographed in Toronto, Ontario, Monday, October 20, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Van Paassen for The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Master of Ceremonies
Tom Harrington was appointed host of THE WORLD THIS HOUR on CBC Radio One in 2015 after a five year run as co-host of MARKETPLACE, CBC Television’s award-winning investigative consumer program. Read on…

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SARAH HARMER, Singer/songwriter and environmental activist
Sarah grew up in a musical family, her father a farmer and singer and her mother a pianist and organist. The youngest of six, she picked up a guitar at the age of 17 with the sole purpose of learning three-chord Neil Young songs.

In 2005, Harmer co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development that would have seen some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed. To support the organization, she and her acoustic band embarked on a tour of the escarpment, hiking the Bruce Trail and performing at theatres and community halls in towns along the way. In October 2012, PERL won its case against the development.

DAVID HARVEY, Parks advocate, policy change-agent
David is the founder and Executive Director of Park People, an independent charity created in 2011 with the purpose of building strong communities by animating and improving city parks. Under Dave’s leadership, Park People has quickly emerged as Canada’s leading city park-transformation organization.

David has many decades of experience managing environmental and municipal issues in government and in politics. He has always brought a thoughtful, solutions-based approach to the wide range of public policy challenges he has helped governments and organizations address. Dave has devised and driven many of the Toronto region’s most significant greenspace and city-building initiatives.

ERIC DAVIES, Urban ecosystem researcher
Eric is a PhD candidate at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry, and coordinator of the Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study.  At seventeen, he followed family tradition and spent the summer working as a Junior Forest Ranger at a pretty little bush camp 29 hours north of Toronto.  Ever since, he’s been exploring Ontario’s ecosystems and working towards their appreciation, conservation and wise use.


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Claudia Zuccato Ria, 416-397-1372 or


2015 Aster Awards

2014 Aster AwardS

  • Margaret Atwood, one of Canada’s most prominent and prolific contemporary writers. 
  • Dr. Paul Hebert, best known for leading the development of DNA-based identification systems. 
  • Kanaka Kulendran & Xuan-Yen Cao, garden and food educators from The Stop Community Food Centre

2013 Aster Awards

  • Janet Rosenberg, a recognized figure in landscape architecture and urban design across Canada.
  • Edward Burtynsky, known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers.
  • Scott MacIvor, an ecologist with research interests in biodiversity and ecological trade offs in urban areas and in architectural and landscape design.


Aster Awards 2015 

Aster Awards 2014

Aster Awards 2013

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