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Award for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize Announced

Award for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize Announced

TORONTO—January 30, 2017—The Walrus Foundation announced today that the six winners of the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize will each receive a $2,500 award to help bring their vision for Ontario to life. Winners will also be featured in The Walrus magazine and personally honoured by the Lieutenant Governor.

To be considered for the prize, innovative thinkers aged 18 and over must identify a policy challenge  Ontario will face over the next half century—and then develop a creative solution. Entrants are asked to submit a two-minute video or an 800-word essay to by Monday, March 6, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Campaign Categories


Reconciliation: Inspiring, supporting, and promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while fostering renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

Governance: Evolving our governing process to ensure that the voices of Ontarians are heard and that government is held accountable.

Inclusive Prosperity: Engineering an economy where prosperity is within reach of all citizens.

Environmental Stewardship: Fostering responsible use and protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices.


Social Cohesion: Creating a more integrated, inclusive, and caring society


Scientific and Technological Innovation: Contributing to Ontario’s growing leadership in the science and technology fields.

Up to six finalists will be selected in each category; they will then showcase their visions in front of an expert panel of judges and the public at events across Ontario. All of the finalists’ travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

“The award illustrates this province’s commitment to supporting and fostering public-policy ideas,” says head judge Piya Chattopadhyay.

Judging Panel

Head Judge
Piya Chattopadhyay
Host of CBC’s Out in the Open
Waneek Horn-Miller
Human-rights activist, Pan Am Games gold medallist
Environmental Stewardship
Edward Burtynsky, OC
Photographer, co-director of Watermark
Steve Paikin, OC, OOnt
Anchor of TVO’s The Agenda
Social Cohesion
Sanjay Khanna
Futurist, expert in change management, resilience, and innovation
Inclusive Prosperity
Annette Verschuren, OC
Former president of Home Depot Canada,
CEO of NRStor Inc.
Scientific and Technological Innovation

Ilse Treurnicht
CEO of MaRS Discovery District


Competition Locations


Reconciliation, Thunder Bay – September 13, 2017


Governance, Kingston – September 19, 2017


Inclusive Prosperity, Windsor – September 21, 2017


Environmental Stewardship, Waterloo – September 26, 2017


Social Cohesion, Brampton – September 28, 2017


Scientific and Technological Innovation, Toronto – October 2, 2017



What do the winners get?

Each winner will receive: (a) a $2,500 award; (b) an all-expenses-paid trip to the corresponding competition location; (c) an all-expenses-paid trip to Toronto with all finalists for a special reception with the Lieutenant Governor at Queen’s Park on October 3; (d) a physical award; (e) press coverage, including a write-up in The Walrus magazine; and (f) a video of the onstage presentation.


About the Walrus Foundation
The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit organization with an educational mandate to create forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms by publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year in print, tablet, and mobile editions; curating the national series of Walrus Talks and leadership dinners; posting original, high-quality content daily at; and creating other digital projects. The foundation also trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development. The foundation is the implementation partner for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.

About Ontario150
In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary. As a founding province of Confederation, Ontario will be marking the occasion by supporting events and programs across the province that showcase our diversity, encourage Ontarians to get involved, and celebrate and leave a lasting legacy for communities across the province to enjoy. This is a chance to reflect on our history and look ahead toward the next 150 years in Ontario. The Ontario150 program is intended to engage Ontarians of all ages, but especially our youth, who will help lay the groundwork for strong economic, social, and cultural legacies for the next generation.

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MUSKRAT Magazine

MUSKRAT is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture magazine that honours the connection between humans and our traditional ecological knowledge by exhibiting original works and critical commentary. MUSKRAT embraces both rural and urban settings and uses media arts, the Internet, and wireless technology to investigate and disseminate traditional knowledges in ways that inspire their reclamation.

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