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Dr. David Suzuki & Dr. Tara Cullis

Dr. David Suzuki and Dr. Tara Cullis

2013 Exemplar Award

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children.

Dr. Tara Cullis is an award-winning writer and former faculty member of Harvard University. Dr. Cullis was a key player in efforts to protect BC’s Stein Valley, the Xingu Valley of the Eastern Amazon, and Colombia’s Choco Rainforest, and contributed to the successful battle for South Moresby (Gwaii Haanas), the Great Bear Rainforest, and the struggles for Sarawak in Malaysia and the Ainu regions of northern Japan. 

In 1990, Drs. Suzuki and Cullis co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation to work with “government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work for social change that today’s situation demands”. Married since 1971, they have two daughters who studied biology at university and are themselves devoted and outspoken advocates for the environment.