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!


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.

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

Details to come.


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

  • Presented by
  • Chairman's Reception
  • Music
  • Oyster Bar
  • Award Sponsor
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Special thanks to these 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 (

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