Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala

31 May 2017

Live musical performance, Cocktail dinatoire & dancing late into the night.

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Special Guests

Senator Murray Sinclair
Honorary Riverkeeper 2017

Senator Sinclair will be joining a prestigious circle of Honorary Riverkeepers which includes Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Kevin Vickers, Mark Carney and Stephen Poloz.

Evan Solomon

A long-time friend of the river and supporter of Ottawa Riverkeeper, Mr. Solomon is back this year as your host of the Riverkeeper gala.

Kathleen Edwards
Ottawa Riverkeeper Ambassador

Kathleen Edwards and her musical guests will keep the crowd dancing through the night!

The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
2017 Water Leader

The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation is receiving this award for their enduring commitment to a swimmable, drinkable, fishable River.

Opening Performance

Keith Whiteduck, Emilio Wawatie, the Eagle River Drum Group and the Kina Nimiwag dancers will open the evening with a performance on the Main Stage.


What better way to celebrate the Ottawa River than on one of its beautiful islands? Join us on the grounds of the Lemieux Island water purification plant, where your last glass of water probably came from! As the sun sets, revel in the serene splendor of the beautiful Ottawa River and enjoy the cachet of being among the first to experience this fresh perspective of our wonderful river.


The Gala starts at 6:00 p.m. Because of its unique location, travel may be a bit of an adventure – so leave yourself plenty of time to get to this magical location.

For each ticket purchased, you will be issued a tax receipt in the amount of $105. The receipts will go out in the summer, following the Gala.

Dress Code

The dress code for the night is “River Chic.” Come in business casual or cocktail attire, in deck shoes, stylish sandals, or your favourite boots. It’s a short stroll to the gala from the drop-off point and the ground isn’t entirely level, so choose your footwear with an eye to comfort.

Arriving at the event

If you are walking, biking, or being dropped off at the Gala, access the island via River St. Please note drivers cannot turn off the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between 3 and 7 p.m. – cars should instead access River St. via Slidell St. There will be a drop-off zone for taxis, limousines, and Paratranspo on location. Unfortunately there is no guest parking on Lemieux Island.

Guest parking is located off site at Tunney’s Pasture (at the intersection of Parkdale Ave. and Goldenrod Driveway). Complimentary valet parking sponsored by Star Motors will be available and shuttles will ferry you to the Gala. At the end of the evening, Responsible Choice valet drivers will return you to Tunney’s Pasture in luxurious Mercedes sedans.

Please drink responsibly: if you plan to imbibe during the Gala, a Responsible Choice chauffeur will be available to drive you home in your own vehicle for a flat fee.

Purchase Tickets


Opportunities are still available, to learn more contact: Chloe Hillier (

Presenting and Chairman Sponsors

Voyageur and Music Sponsors

Oyster Bar and Award Sponsors




A special thanks to our partners

The Cause

Dear friends,

It is with great pleasure and honour that I continue to serve as your Ottawa Riverkeeper. It was thirteen years ago that I accepted the challenge to become a voice for river protection and a leader to grow a Waterkeeper organization in the Ottawa River Watershed. It is without a doubt that Ottawa Riverkeeper has become a leading advocate for freshwater protection in Canada and our organization is stronger than ever.

In 2016, we had many wonderful successes, including the Ottawa River being awarded Heritage designation; plastic microbeads being labelled as a toxic substance; the growth of our Riverwatcher Program; important strides made towards eliminating sewage overflows in the Ottawa River; and much more (annual report.). We’re excited and inspired to continue to work for the health and welfare of our river in 2017.

The river is gaining attention and well-deserved recognition, however there are significant threats to the ecological integrity of the many rivers and lakes within our watershed. These issues are complex and can rarely be solved by one organization or one municipality acting alone. It takes a watershed to protect a river, and we thank you for being a part of that journey.

We look forward to celebrating your contribution to our watershed on May 31.

In the River Spirit,

Meredith Brown

Your Ottawa Riverkeeper


Protecting 1,271 km of Ottawa River shoreline.


Current water quality information for 7,000 local and international swim sites.


Creating a strong clear voice for the Ottawa River.


Help us protect our river by donating to this vital event.

Opportunities are available, to learn more contact: Chloe Hillier (

Adventure Canada Package

2017 Sable Island Expedition

Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast! Embark on a weeklong vacation through Canada’s waterways.

This package includes passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour, interactive workshops, evening entertainment, guided activities, meals, and more!

Club Desert Lodge

Overnight getaway for 6 people

Enjoy an overnight stay at the historic Main Lodge of the lac Desert Fish & Game Club. Built in 1924, Main lodge is an historic log building featuring dramatic viewscapes, two original stone fireplaces, long covered terraces, a private beach and we'll maintained lawns and gardens that have hosted international visitors for nearly a century.

Includes three privately catered meals by the Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa, wine pairing for dinner, boat transportation, use of canoes, sailboat, sauna etc. Includes a guided tour of the historic property, and a pre dinner cocktail.


Wood Duck 12 Recreational Kayak

Design: Eric Schade, Chesapeake Light Craft. Construction: Boatworks Ottawa and class

This kayak is relatively short and broad making it both stable and maneuverable. It will be suited to exploring along a shoreline or poking through a marsh. It’s quite capable of handling open water and will move along quickly although it won’t match long, narrow boats for speed.

The large cockpit will make entrance and exit easier and will permit changes of position while paddling. The extra space means there will be room to keep binoculars, a camera or fishing gear handy.

The boat is a wood, fiberglass and epoxy composite. It is significantly lighter than most similar sized plastic boats and car topping will be easy for many people. The marine ply core is fully sealed with a tough, waterproof surface layer and with basic care and little maintenance the boat will last many years.

Boatworks Ottawa offers occasional classes in introductory boat building if you are interested in building a kayak or other small boat for yourself.

Kenauk Lodge

Fly Fishing Trip and 2-night

This package includes a relaxing fishing trip with a 2 night stay in a two-person fully equipped lodge at Kenauk Nature. Kenauk Nature is known as one of Quebec’s premier fishing destinations thanks to their lakes and rivers that offer a wide variety of fish. Learn how to fish for trout, bass or northern pike with guide Jamie Pistilli on a 6-hour charter. From Montreal to Ottawa, Jamie became a fishing star at a young age and will be featured on Big City Fishing showing his shore-fishing techniques. Your day at the Kenauk is not over until Le Richard catering, treats you to cooked meal with your “catch of the day”. Including in this package, you will have access to the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello sports complex and facilities along with fishing rights to a private or semi-private lake.
Nordik Packge

"Le Nordik Spa Package

Spend a relaxing day at one of Ottawa's premiere spas: Nordik. Includes a basket with 2 bathrobes, 2 water bottles, and thermal experience access.
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Inflatable Paddle Board - Preview to Come

This OPS inflatable Paddle Board comes complete with pump, paddle, and lease. The size runs 10'6" x 32" x 6'.


"Afloat" by Crystal Beshara

DA Canadian contemporary realist painter and a proud two-time winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation prize. Holding a Botanical illustration diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists (UK); her love for oil, watercolour, pencil or pastel creates pieces that reflect the heart of rural roots and its collision between realism and expressionism. Her art is recognized by its rich, earth tone palette and emotionally charged and uncanny ability to capture expression and anatomy in both human and animal portraitures. Crystal is also a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Award, was shortlisted as one of Ottawa’s Best Emerging Artists, The Kingston Prize and elected into the esteemed International Guild of Realism.
Lazy Bay

"Lazy Bay" by David Lidbetter

David spent his time traveling with his family through scenic provinces which then became his inspiration for his future painting career and intensive art studio program. After many years of exploring various medium and subject, he finally found his love for Canadian landscape in oil. Spending days in local forests and nearby lakes photographing, studying and sketching, absorbing all the information he will later turn into larger paintings, David’s work has been recognized as highly collectable.
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Photo by Paul Couvrette - image to come

Graduating from Carleton University with a degree in journalism, Couvrette has worked as a photographer shooting weddings, bar mitzvahs and portraits. Paul has won many awards over the years including Ontario Photographer of the Year utilizing solely digitally created images in 1999, Ontario Photographer of the year by the Professional Photographers of Ontario for three consecutive years. His work appeared on over 500 magazine covers including Time, Macleans and Ottawa life. His portrait clients included Judge William Stevenson, Founder Michael Potter and CBC personality Rick Mercer.

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Piece by Peter Colbert

A graduate from Humber College in Toronto, Peter began his career as an award-winning art director and illustrator before embarking on his full-time career as a fine artist. Drawing from the natural world, he strives to capture the spirit of what he sees. With the application of mixes of paint to the canvas with different implements is his essence of painting. With a strong passion in watching how the colours and paint interact, Peter will mix, move and manipulate the colours in a myriad of ways until he is satisfied with the final result.
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"Seems so Calm" by Sharon Kelly

A self-taught artist, Sharon studied art history at Queen’s University, focusing on both Canadian Art as well as the Renaissance period. Raised on the island of Montreal, she grew up surrounded by Canadian art in her family home which inspired and nurtured her artistic soul. When painting shore-line landscape, she doesn’t have a preconceived notion of where the creative process will go. Sharon’s art is a combination of trial and error, random and controlled, hidden and obvious. Her goal is to give tangible expression to landscapes that exist for both memory and imagination.

Red Bicycle

Martone Cycling Co. Gramercy Diamond 52cm Bicycle

Martone bikes are light and strong, made of double-wall aluminum perfect for daily urban journeys - and always with a red chain to add some magic to your daily transit.The SRAM 2-gear automatic hub requires no gears shifting - it adapts automatically with you throughout your urban journey. Best of all: Mantone commuter bikes require virtually zero maintenance.

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