Lifetime Award

Lifetime Award Recipient, Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the Founder and Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, the largest citizens’ advocacy organization, which works to safeguard Canada’s universal social security system and its water and energy heritage.

In 2008 and 2009, Ms Barlow served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and Boiling Point, Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse and Canada’s Water Crisis.

Ms Barlow is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as numerous awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”); the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award; the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards; the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award; the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award and the 2011 EarthCare Award – the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In addition to her work with the Council of Canadians, Ms Barlow currently chairs the Board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch, serves on the executive of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Learn more about Maude Barlow and her views on women in leadership