There are five equally important pillars that contribute to the ongoing success of the Arctic Inspiration Prize: the annual prize money up to $3 million, the teams who apply for and win the Prize, the distinguished Selection Committees and our remarkable, engaged Partners and Ambassadors.

By being engaged in the Prize, Partners endorse its values and importance and signal to Canada and the world their engagement in and for the North, and their pride in being part of a creative initiative to address opportunities and challenges in the diverse communities of the Canadian Arctic.

The AIP invites diverse partners from the North and South to join the nationwide AIP network to share the remarkable accomplishments and potential that the Prize fosters. As an AIP Partner, your organization will increase public awareness and recognition of positive engagement in the North and will be rewarded by being part of a sound investment in the future of the North and its peoples. Partners are also encouraged to be an active member of a team nominated for the Prize.

As a Partner, you are also encouraged to help spread the word about the Prize and laureates by:

  • Liking and sharing the AIP Facebook page.
  • Following the AIP on Twitter at @ArcticPrize and re-tweeting AIP posts!
  • Including news about the AIP and its laureates on your web pages and social media platforms.
  • Writing about the AIP in your newsletters and company updates.
  • Talking about the AIP and celebrating the laureates/project(s) in your community.
  • Sharing good news stories about the success and progress of your team/project, including local media coverage, print articles, etc.

Managing Partner

The Rideau Hall Foundation is the managing partner of the Arctic Inspiration Prize and is responsible for ensuring that all costs associated with the operation and administration of the prize are covered. The AIP is a perfect match with RHF's aspiration to catalyze ideas, people and resources to move the Canadian spirit forward. As an independent, non-political charity, the Foundation works closely with the Governor General and many external partners to support initiatives that build our identity, build capacity and promote the advancement of a caring nation.

Operational Partners

RBC Foundation Government of Canada McConnell Family Foundation

The Peacock Family Foundation

Airline Partners

Air NorthFirst AirThe Counselling Foundation of Canada

Media Partners

Above and Beyond The Globe and Mail Canadian Geographic The Royal Canadian Geographical Society The Walrus Yukon - North of Ordinary Uphere magazine Aboriginal Business Quaterly Labrador Life 100.1 The Moose

Arts and Culture

National Arts CentreNACAGreat Northern Arts SocietyYukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

Avataq Cultual Institute Government of Northwest Territories

Torngâsok Cultural Centre

Prize Partners

The foundation of the prize money is the investment from northern Indigenous organizations, their corporations and all levels of government, topped up by $1.5 million from the AIP Charitable Trust and additionally, by many other partners from industry and the South with an interest in the North. The Prize Partners thereby fund the prize laureates, and as such, their investments have a direct impact in northern communities. During the AIP's first four years, the prize money was derived primarily from a dedicated investment portfolio established by the founders. Since, many Prize Partners from the North have joined the AIP, demonstrating 'owned' support by Northerners and northern organizations and with it a recognition of the genuine benefits that the Prize brings to Northerners.

Agnico Eagle ArticNet ATCO Ltd. Atuqtuarvik Corporation Baffinland Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Carcross Tagish Chief Isaac Group of Companies Copper Niisuu Limited Partnership Chu Niikwan Limited Partnership DDDC Dakwakada Capital Investments Dena Nezzidi Developement Corporation Fednav GDC Glencore Hewitt Foundation Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Kluane Community Development Limited Partnership Kluane Dana Shaw Corporation Kitikmeot Corporation Kativik Regional Government Lester Landau Nunasi Corporation Makivik Corporation Nunatsiavut Group of Companies NND Development Corporation Government of Northwest Territories Nunavut Government Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Northern Vision Development LP PHN Qikiqtaaluk Corporation RBC Foundation RBC Global Asset Management Sakku Investments Corporation Selkirk Development Corporation Whitehorse Government of Yukon City of Yellowknife

Sustainability Partners

The Sustainability Partners provide expertise, networks and additional funds to help make the Laureate teams sustainable beyond the terms of their prize. Sustainability Partners may also fund strong AIP Finalists who didn’t achieve Laureate status.

Agnico Eagle Air Tindi Ashoka Oxfam Canada Save the Children Students on Ice Mitacs The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling The Counselling Foundation of Canada RBC Foundation Path Family Foundation logo