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2012 Symons Medallist: Dr. David Suzuki, environmentalist


Award-winning Canadian broadcaster, environmentalist, author and icon, Dr. David Suzuki, was chosen to receive the 2012 Symons Medal and give the 10th National Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. Dr. Suzuki’s lecture was entitled Humankind as a Geological Force and took place on Friday, November 16, 2012 in Confederation Centre of the Arts Homburg Theatre1.

Dr. Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is renowned for his more than 30 years of work in broadcasting and is recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. 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 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and numerous other awards and accolades.

Dr. Suzuki is very familiar to audiences as host of the long-running CBC TV program The Nature of Things, and as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. Dr. Suzuki’s written work also includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children.

“It is a true honour to have Dr. Suzuki present the 10th annual Symons Lecture and share with us his experience and wisdom on the topics of human development and sustainability,” says  H. Wayne Hambly, Chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “He is an internationally celebrated Canadian and his insights will be of great interest to our lecture audience.”


Photo Credit: Kent Kallberg photo

  1. In 2022, the Homburg Theatre was renamed the Sobey Family Theatre in recognition of an outstanding gift of support.

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