Planet in Focus Taps Roberta Bondar for 2017 Canadian Eco-Hero Award

Dr. Roberta Bondar at the TIFF premiere of Gravity
George Pimentel/TIFF

By Pat Mullen

Dr. Roberta Bondar is set to receive the 2017 Canadian Eco-Hero Award from Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. PiF named Bondar the recipient of the award, which honours individuals whose body of work has had significant impact on raising awareness of environmental issues through artistic expression, in a release this morning.

Bondar is best known for her milestone achievements as Canada’s first woman astronaut and for being the first neurologist in space, two feats for which public schools across the country bear her name. Additionally, she champions for education overhauls in Ontario schools, notably chairing the 2007 Working Group for the Ontario Ministry of Education and overseeing the implementation of recommendations from the report designed to raise a new generation of environmentally award Canadians.

On the arts front, Bondar is an avid photographer and has published four books of photographs, including stunning landscape and wildness collections. A selection of her landscape photography will be on display at the festival.

PiF will present Bondar with the Eco Hero Award on October 17 in a pre-festival event featuring a keynote address and an audience Q&A.

The festival previously announced 17-year-old filmmaker Jonah Bryson as recipient of the inaugural Rob Stewart Youth Eco-Hero Award.

This year’s Planet in Focus film festival runs October 19-22.