ALUS Canada: Celebrating Excellence

Don’t miss the 2020 Innovation Awards announcement on November 2.

October 26, 2020

ALUS Canada will announce the Dave Reid Award and the Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award, each worth $10,000. Media will have the opportunity to conduct telephone interviews with ALUS Canada CEO Bryan Gilvesy and the award recipients immediately following the announcement.

RSVP: To reserve an interview slot and obtain photos, please contact Todd Westcott, Communications Associate, ALUS Canada C: 226-500-2914


The Dave Reid Award recognizes Canadian farmers or ranchers for their excellence, innovation and dedication to the production of ecosystem services for their community through the ALUS program. Formerly known as the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award, the Dave Reid Award has previously been presented to Tom Towers (ALUS Red Deer County) in 2019, Joe Csoff (ALUS Norfolk) in 2018 and Gerry Taillieu (ALUS Parkland) in 2016. 

The Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award is a biennial award that recognizes researchers or ALUS Canada partners for excellence and innovation in scientific research, monitoring or verification of ecosystem services produced on farmland for the broader public good. It has previously been presented to Dr. Wanhong Yang in 2018, and Dr. Andrew MacDougall in 2016. 

Read the award criteria here.


ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, is a national program helping farmers and ranchers produce cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity and other ecosystem services in their communities, through wetlands, riparian protection zones, native tall-grass prairie buffers and other impactful ALUS projects. With funding from many sources, ALUS Canada has so far* disbursed nearly more than $10 M in funding to ALUS communities across Canada, an investment that is multiplied by farmers, ranchers and communities on the ground. As a result, there are now more than 27,000 acres enrolled in the ALUS program (that’s 109 square kilometres), thanks to more than 900 participants from 27 ALUS communities in six provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and PEI).

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*to March 31, 2020.