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Gord Downie and Mark Mattson of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper set to inspire guests at Environmental Dinner

Nov 03, 2009

(TORONTO- November 3, 2009) On Thursday, November 12th, government representatives, businesses, community organizations and interested individuals will come together to celebrate the legendary work of conservationist and visionary Charles Sauriol. The Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner for The Living City® is one of Canada's largest environmental events that raises funds to protect conservation lands in the Toronto region and helps to continue Sauriol's work of keeping the country green.

This year's featured guest speakers are Gord Downie and Mark Mattson of Lake Ontario WaterKeeper who will offer their own unique wisdom on environmental stewardship in "Heart of the Lake; an evening of song, dance, poetry and conversation".  Gord Downie is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of Canada's most beloved band, The Tragically Hip, who have thrilled audiences around the world with their live performances for over two decades. He is also a Trustee of Lake Ontario through his support of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Mark Mattson is President and Waterkeeper of Lake Ontario. He works tirelessly to promote and defend the ideals that safe waterways belong to the people.

"Land connects us all, it feeds us through agriculture, it sustains life and is a foundation for our communities," said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation. "When we make these connections we then realize the importance of conserving and protecting our land. Thanks in part to our supporters including land donours, corporations, municipalities and leaders like Gord Downie and Mark Mattson, we are able to continue our efforts to preserve greenspace in Canada's largest urban centre."

 To date, the event has raised more than $785,000 and entertained over 9,000 people.  This dedication has enabled The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to save thousands of acres of environmentally critical lands for the health and well being of future generations. 

 WHAT: 16th Annual Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner for The Living City

  • "Heart of the Lake; an evening of song, dance, poetry and conversation" will be performed by Gord Downie, Mark Mattson, Joseph Boyden, Andrea Nann and Tanis Rideout.
  • Live auction, including auction of a Yamaha FG720S Solid Top acoustic guitar, donated by Cosmo Music and Yamaha Music Canada and autographed by Gord Downie. Proceeds raised go to The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.
  • Charles Sauriol GreenSpace Awards Ceremony:

City of Toronto: In 2005 the City of Toronto created the Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection Reserve to purchase lands to provide protection and improvement of the water quality of the river systems and watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario. This reserve has been used to purchase lands both inside and outside of the City. To date the City's contribution of $5.19 million has been used to help acquire 632 acres of sensitive land in the regions of York, Peel and Durham and the City of Toronto for a total acquisition cost of over $19 million.

Douglas Groombridge: The Groombridge name has been in King Township for four generations. "We knew it was the right thing to do: It was just a matter of how," is the way Doug Groombridge describes the decision to donate a 20-hectare Conservation Easement to the Land Trust in May 2008. This was the first generous Groombridge donation.

 Earl & Margaret Groombridge: A subsequent Conservation Easement donation in October 2008 from Earl and Margaret Groombridge now protects 20 hectares adjoining Doug's section. Together these two properties illustrate the relationship and learning that grow from each transaction the Land Trust undertakes.

The property lies near the top of the moraine close to the watershed divide between the Schomberg River running northward to Lake Simcoe and the Humber River running southward to Lake Ontario.

Taylor Parnaby: Taylor, a well-known Toronto news veteran, has been a devoted supporter of Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner in his role as the Master of Ceremonies since 1998.


  • Paul Calandra, MP, Oak Ridges-Markham
  • The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources; MPP, Etobicoke Centre
  • City Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre)
  • Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair and Brian Denney, CAO, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Gord Downie and Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
  • George Stroumboulopoulos, Honourary Event Chair, and host of CBC's The Hour
  • Emmanuel Belliveau, MC and host of HGTV's Greenest Homes
  • Denise Flys, daughter of Charles Sauriol

 WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2009 Reception starts 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

  • 5:30 PM VIP reception
  • 8:45 PM Charles Sauriol Greenspace Awards Ceremony
  • 9:00 PM Featured guest performances

WHERE: Pearson Convention Center, 2638 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton, $150 per person, business casual



About TRCA

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment.  Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at or


About The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto

The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto raises money for projects undertaken by TRCA.Toronto and Region Conservation's vision is for The Living City© - a new kind of community where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. The Foundation's current projects include funding hands-on green energy workshops at The Living City Campus at Kortright, supporting more than 30 projects which combat climate change in the Toronto region and acquiring precious greenspace on the Oak Ridges Moraine. In 2009, a number of special places will be added, bringing our total protected greenspace to nearly 17,000 hectares. The Foundation is delighted to play a role when generous individuals such as Douglas Groombridge, Earl and Margaret Groombridge, Taylor Parnaby and a municipality like City of Toronto step forward to make a real difference to our quality of life in the Toronto region.


About The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust

The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust is one of over 100 land trusts operating in Canada. There is no owner of a land trust. Volunteers contribute time to help protect land through agreements, acquisition and stewardship. The Oak Ridges Moraine is home to 88 rare or threatened species. Through conservation easements, land acquisition and other tools, the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust can add another level of protection to the ecological and hydrological processes of the Moraine. Your support helps the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to secure agreements that benefit communities within the watersheds of the 65 rivers and streams of the Oak Ridges Moraine. To date, the Land Trust has conserved over 1,260 hectares. The work is not yet done. For more information, contact Susan Walmer, Executive Director, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust at 905-833-3171 ext. 32 or

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Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation                

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