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On Tuesday May 24, 2016, the very day marking the 140th anniversary of the inauguration of Mount-Royal Park, Mr. Peter A. Howlett C.M., President of Les amis de la montagne, and Mr. Réal Ménard, City of Montréal Executive Committee member in charge of sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, were pleased to award the Prix du Mont-Royal to Mr. Dinu Bumbaru, C.M., Policy Director at Héritage Montréal, for his commitment to the protection of the Mountain over the past three decades.
This year, Les amis de la montagne celebrates its 30th anniversary. The organization was founded by committed Montrealers driven by the urgency of creating a new citizen’s group whose exclusive focus was to be the protection of Mount Royal. Heritage Montreal was among the most fervent supporters of the founding of Les amis de la montagne in 1986. Dinu Bumbaru, a young graduate of Architecture at the time, was already a part of Heritage Montreal’s team. Three decades of tireless work for the preservation of the building and landscape heritage of Montreal have made Mr. Bumbaru an expert of international repute.
Mr. Bumbaru’s contributions to the safeguard of Mount Royal include taking part in the development of the first Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement of Plan (1992) and its update in 1998. He also played a role in what led to the adoption of the decree creating the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal by the Government of Quebec in 2005, known as the Mount Royal Heritage Site since the implementation of Québec’s Loi sur le patrimoine culturel in October 2012. Owing to this special status, much of the mountain enjoys additional safeguard measures that govern the careful redevelopment and improvement of its spaces and buildings. Finally, Mr. Bumbaru represents Héritage Montreal at the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal which, since its creation in 2005, brings together key players involved in the protection and enhancement of the territory and the implementation of harmonious management and development of Mount Royal Heritage Site.
The Prix du Mont-Royal honours remarkable individuals or institutions who have demonstrated a strong commitment and outstanding actions towards the environmental protection and enhancement of Mount Royal.
The Prix du Mont-Royal Award Ceremony was also the chance to bestow honourable mentions to two individuals who have placed Mount Royal at the heart of their professional activities. Geneviève Gareau, a teacher at École Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, has participated in Les amis de la montagne’s Projet Semences every year since its inception. She also regularly brings together her students to take part in biodiversity conservation activities on Mount Royal, playing an exemplary role in training the next generation of custodians of the Mountain.
Alexandre Beaudoin, Biodiversity Advisor at Université de Montréal (UdeM), is behind UdeM’s P.A.U.S.E. (Projet d’agriculture urbaine soutenable et écologique) project, as well as a beekeeping project on the roofs of the University that has led to the production of the first honey produced on Mount Royal. He also helped design a project for an ecological corridor that will link the university’s Mountain campus and its future Outremont campus.
On the photo, left to right: Pierre-Paul Savignac, Head of division - Bureau du Mont-Royal, Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du Mont-Royal, City of Montréal; Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director at Les amis de la montagne; Geneviève Gareau, Teacher at École Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, recipient of an honourable mention; Dinu Bumbaru, C.M, Policy Director at Héritage Montréal, Laureate if the Prix du Mont-Royal 2016; Réal Ménard, City of Montréal Executive Committee member in charge of sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces; Alexandre Beaudoin, Biodiversity Advisor at Université de Montréal, recipient of an honourable mention; Karine Casault, Director, Engagement des partenaires, TD Assurance, Member of the advisory board, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; Peter Howlett, C.M, President at Les amis de la montagne
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