Aster Awards

This year`s Aster Awards celebrate three extraordinary individuals whose work has inspired us to embrace and defend the world of nature. We invite you to toast their remarkable achievements with us.

Margaret Atwood renowned Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist; Dr. Paul Hebert, Scientific Director, International Barcode of Life project; Director, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario; Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity, University of Guelph and the 2014 Rising Star Award Recipient

Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:30 to 9 p.m.

TICKETS $125 per person (10 for $1,000)

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For more information or to purchase your tickets over the phone call Christine Lawrance 416-397-1321 or spevents@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

For a complete list of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claudia Zuccato Ria, 416-397-1372 or development@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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Aster: as-ter Greek for star

Charles PachterHonorary Co-Chair, Charles Pachter

One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. He was born in Toronto and holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, and the University of Toronto. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal. Read on…

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aster awards recipients 2013

The 2013 Aster Award recipients:

With almost 30 years of experience and an extensive portfolio of high-profile urban and suburban projects, Janet is a recognized figure in landscape architecture and urban design across Canada. Known for her work on both public landmarks and private landscapes, Janet often pushes the boundaries of design to the benefit of those who use and enjoy the spaces she creates. Read on…

Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. Read on…

Scott MacIvor
Scott MacIvor is an ecologist with research interests in biodiversity and ecological trade offs in urban areas and in architectural and landscape design. In his PhD at York University, Scott is studying the community ecology of bees and wasps in cities. He is also research coordinator at the University of Toronto Green Roof Innovation Technology (GRIT) lab where he evaluates the contribution of plant traits and species diversity, and other biotic variables, to green roof performance. His work has received several awards, including a Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal.


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