About the prize


The Arctic Inspiration Prize is intended for multidisciplinary teams who have made a substantial, demonstrated and distinguished contribution to the gathering of Arctic knowledge and who have provided a concrete plan and commitment to implement their knowledge into real world application for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its Peoples and therefore Canada as a whole.

The motivation for the Arctic Inspiration Prize is derived from our wish as immigrants to contribute to the future of our adopted country of choice with a focus on the Canadian Arctic, its major challenges and opportunities in the face of rapid changes in environment, culture, technology and economy.

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize excellence and encourage teamwork among diverse groups in order to use or expand Arctic knowledge and bring it into action for the decisive benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its inhabitants and therefore for Canada as a whole. The use of media and social network communication intends to put these achievements in the spotlight from coast to coast to coast.

It is our dream and hope the Prize will create an ever growing network of individuals and organizations with a compassion for the North, comprised of northerners and southerners, aboriginal organizations and corporations, governments, businesses and industries, NGOs, and philanthropy, research and education, which together encourages, enables and celebrates the many achievements of the people of the North."

Sima Sharifi and Arnold Witzig, Co-Founders

The Prize recognizes and encourages teamwork and collaboration among diverse groups and organizations, from north and south, in addressing the causes rather than the symptoms of issues of importance to the Canadian Arctic and its Peoples.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is not intended as a "lifetime achievement" award or to give appreciation for one great accomplishment. It does not recognize individual achievements but encourages team efforts in transforming Arctic knowledge into tangible outcomes. The Prize addresses worldly issues, therefore only secular, non-ideological nominations will be considered.

Value of Award

Up to 10 Prizes, with associated awards totaling $3 million CAD, are presented annually to distinguished teams on a competitive basis. The awards are to be used towards the proposed knowledge implementation plan; they are not personal cash prizes.

Diploma and Northern Art

A Diploma of recognition and an original piece of artwork from a Canadian Arctic artist accompanies the Prize.

Annual Award Ceremony

An Awards Ceremony is held in different cities across Canada each year to celebrate the outstanding knowledge to action projects of AIP Laureates.