3M Environmental Innovation Award
Making a difference
through innovative
environmental solutions

Jury Panel


Jean Cinq-Mars

Jean Cinq-Mars

Gatineau, Quebec

Mr. Cinq-Mars has an extensive background in the environmental field. He was appointed Québec’s Sustainable Development Commissioner in September 2009 a position located in the auditor-general’s office.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cinq-Mars was president of ERSD Consulting, an environment, natural resources and sustainable development consulting firm working in Canada and for international organizations.  Before becoming a consultant, Mr. Cinq-Mars has occupied the positions of President of Wildlife Habitat Canada, Head of Division for Pollution Prevention and Control at the Environment Directorate of the OECD in Paris as well as Environment Canada’s Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service and Director of Environment Protection for Québec.



Sam Arsenault

Gavin Fitch

Calgary, Alberta

Gavin Fitch practices in the areas of environmental and energy regulatory law at McLennan Ross LLP in Calgary. He represents clients before administrative tribunals such as the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), the National Energy Board, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the Surface Rights Board and the Land Compensation Board. Mr. Fitch has extensive experience acting in environmental approval and energy permitting processes for oil and gas facilities, mining projects and electric power facilities. He also has expertise in the field of aboriginal law, including the duty to consult, land claims, expropriation, and surface rights. Mr. Fitch has been widely recognized for his achievements within his field, awarded the title of Calgary Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers 2012 and recognized in the area of Environmental Law by Who's Who Legal - Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta, his master’s degree in communications at Syracuse University and his law degree at Dalhousie University.

David Runnalls

David Runnalls

Winnipeg, Manitoba

President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, David Runnalls has spent his career promoting the principles of sustainable development. He is the co-founder of the International Institute for Environment and Development and has served as an adviser to government, NGOs, business and the United Nations. He has also worked as an environment columnist for both television and radio.



Judging criteria

The jury panel will consider all nominees for the 3M Environmental Innovation Award and determine the three finalists and the eventual winner.

Nominations will be judged according to the following criteria:

A. Innovative — The nominee has demonstrated originality in his or her commitment to working toward a solution for an environmental concern.

B. Effective — The nominee has identified a specific environmental concern or problem and has a plan of action for addressing the problem and has demonstrated measurable results.

C. Influential — The nominee has earned the attention and support of the public.

D. Viable — The nominee’s initiative must be economically feasible and sustainable.

E. Sustainable — The benefits of the innovation should be environmentally-, socially- and financially-sound and ethical.

F. Distinctive — The nominee’s innovation is distinct from other approaches or projects.


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