Making Waves: CPAWS’ 50th Anniversary B.C. Gala


This year marks the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s 50th anniversary as the leading national voice for Canada’s parks and other great wilderness areas.  Since our inception in 1963, we’ve helped protect over half a million square kilometers of precious wild places on land and in the sea.

We invite you to join us for a special west coast evening celebrating 50 years of ocean and wilderness protection featuring outdoor adventure stories from keynote speaker Bruce Kirkby - the award-winning explorer, photographer, and writer.  At the gala you will also be the first to hear highlights from our incredible submarine expedition to the glass sponge reefs earlier in the day.

One of Canada's foremost culinary talents and homegrown Executive Chef Ned Bell has designed a distinctly west coast menu highlighting the best in sustainable seafood that our coast has to offer.  And we are very honoured to include a special performance from the incredible 12 year old singer, songwriter and environmental champion, Ta’Kaiya Blaney.  It will be a night to remember with comedian and performer Morgan Brayton serving as our MC for the evening. 

Making Waves

CPAWS' 50th Anniversary B.C. Gala

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Keynote Speaker- Bruce Kirkby

Special performance - Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Sustainable seafood dinner by Executive Chef Ned Bell

MC - Morgan Brayton

Cocktails - 6:30pm
Dinner - 7:15pm
$125 per person or $1000 for a table of ten

A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket cost. 

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Keynote Speaker: Bruce Kirkby

A leading wilderness writer and adventure photographer, Bruce is widely recognized for connecting wild places with contemporary issues. With travel to over 80 countries, and more than 2000 days of expedition travel, Bruce’s journeys include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a 37-day trans-Iceland trek.

A correspondent for The Globe and Mail, author of two bestselling books, and a multi-National Magazine Award winner, Bruce’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, EnRoute, Huffington Post, Explore and Canadian Geographic. An Adventure Envoy for Mountain Equipment Co-op — and the former host of CBC’s prime-time adventure series No Opportunity Wasted – Bruce makes his home in Kimberley, B.C.

Special Performance

12 year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney is Sliammon First Nation from B.C., Canada. Along with singing, songwriting, and acting, she is concerned about the environment, especially the preservation of marine and coastal wildlife.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!