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Steven Guilbeault honoured by the Université de Montréal

Montréal, November 2, 2012 – Steven Guilbeault, cofounder and deputy executive director of Équiterre, today received the prestigious Médaille de l’Université de Montréal. During the official ceremony, Mr. Giovanni De Paoli, dean of the university’s Faculty of Environmental Design, highlighted Mr. Guilbeault’s strong support for and dedication to the environmental cause.

“For the past two decades, Steven has worked tirelessly for the environment. Over the years, his unparalleled skills as a communicator have allowed both Greenpeace and Équiterre to advance files of great importance in Québec, Canada and internationally. In particular, I’m thinking of Canada’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and the Québec government’s adoption of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in all of North America,” said Sidney Ribaux, executive director of Équiterre. Mr. Ribaux added, “This is an honour that Steven truly deserves and, on behalf of the entire Équiterre team, I’d like to congratulate him!”

Ms. Anne Marchand, a professor at the Faculty’s School of Industrial Design, said during the ceremony that “in awarding Steven Guilbeault the Médaille de l’Université de Montréal, we recognise him as a man of exceptional qualities, one who has accomplished the feat of transforming an opposition movement into one of progress for the benefit of our society and future generations. He is one of the leaders of the other Quiet Revolution, that of sustainable development.”

The Médaille de l'Université de Montréal serves to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of both public personalities and tenured professors that are retiring. Steven Guilbeault joins other recipients of this honorary medal that include Christopher Reeve, Oliver Jones, Paul Gérin-Lajoie and Nathalie Lambert. Mr. Guilbeault earned an undergraduate degree in political science and religious sciences from the Université de Montréal.

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Information:
Loïc Dehoux, Équiterre
514 605 2000