CNWC Annual Achievement Award History

Background

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’.

Recipients

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.