The award was first given in 2011 to mark the first anniversary of the 2010 motion (adopted by both the Senate and the House of Commons) calling on Canada to support negotiations for a legal ban on nuclear weapons.
The motion, which also asked the government to launch “a major worldwide diplomatic initiative,” was sparked by Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, comprising more than the then-550 members* of the Order of Canada, who have endorsed the U.N. Secretary-General’s call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.
Murray Thomson was honoured with the first Annual Achievement Award of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention for his leadership and his ‘initiative and commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world’.
2011 Murray Thomson, OC
2012 Bev Delong, Chairperson, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
2013 Fergus Watt, World Federalists
2014 Adele Buckley, Chairperson of Canadian Pugwash Group
2015 Paul Dewar, former MP, member of Global Council of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament
2016 Peggy Mason, currently the President of the Rideau Institute, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament from 1989 to 1995
2017 Metta Spencer
2018 Debbie Grisdale
* There are currently more than 915 members of the Order of Canada, who have endorsed the U.N. Secretary-General’s call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.