Canadian Recipients of 2017 Ozone Awards

During a special ceremony held on November 23, 2017, at the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, three Canadians were recognized for their extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol over the past 10 years.

The United Nation Environment’s Ozone Awards recognize the achievements of individuals, groups and organizations.

Dr. Vitali Fioletov

Canada is proud to recognize Dr. Vitali Fioletov, who received an Ozone Award for his involvement in ozone depletion scientific assessments.

As the scientific authority of the Canadian ozone monitoring network, Dr. Fioletov’s research on changes to the ozone layer and their impact on ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure directly supports the Montreal Protocol.

Dr. Fioletov is a Senior Research Scientist with the Air Quality Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), where he has worked for the past 20 years. He has authored over a hundred scientific publications, and has been involved in seven World Meteorological Organisation/United Nations Environment Programme Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion. Dr. Fioletov has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the Moscow State University and a PhD from Russian Central Aerological Observatory for research related to stratospheric ozone.

David Heurtel

Canada is proud to recognize David Heurtel, who received an Ozone Award for the development of Quebec’s provincial regulations on halocarbons.

As the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change for three years, Mr. Heurtel led the development of the Quebec regulations on halocarbons (ozone depleting substances (ODS) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)), which are consistent and complementary to the Montreal Protocol. Mr. Heurtel’s approach linked the problem of ozone depletion to climate change.  The Quebec carbon market, and the Plan of Action for 2013-2020, also demonstrated this commitment.  On the carbon market, credits for the destruction of ODS have greatly contributed to reducing carbon emissions.

David Heurtel is currently the Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness. Prior to his appointment in October 2017, he was Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change for three years. David Heurtel was first elected to the Québec National Assembly in December 2013 as Member of the National Assembly for Viau, a riding in the east part of the Island of Montréal.

Philippe Chemouny

Canada is proud to recognize Philippe Chemouny, who received an Ozone Award for his commitment and contribution to the Montreal Protocol.

As a program manager and a policy advisor at ECCC, Philippe Chemouny has played an instrumental role in Canada’s international activities under the Montreal Protocol for nearly 20 years. Through his role as Canada’s lead representative on the Executive Committee of the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund, he has contributed to the development of funding policies and project guidelines that have made the Fund a model instrument in delivering effective assistance to developing countries for the elimination of ozone-depleting substances. He chaired the Executive Committee in 2007, as well as numerous sub-committees and contact groups.

Philippe was also one of Canada’s key negotiators in some of the most challenging Montreal Protocol negotiations over the past 20 years, including the 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs, the 2007 accelerated phase-out of HCFCs, and several replenishments of the Multilateral Fund. To support Canada’s objective to promote a global phase-down of HFCs, he coordinated the development and implementation of outreach strategies to build international support for the adoption of Kigali HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and promote the ratification of the Amendment.   

Throughout his career as a Canadian negotiator, Philippe has built bridges between countries, by helping to develop consensus on and pragmatic solutions to difficult and sensitive issues.

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