IAIA awards are given annually in the following categories. Nominations for the 2018 IAIA awards were accepted through 3 October 2017 and winners will be announced soon. View the 2017 IAIA Award winners below.
Global Award Presented to a leading individual or institution that has made a substantial contribution to impact assessment practice, management, or policy at a global scale.
Corporate Initiative Award Presented to a private or public sector company for a specific activity or project that has made a notable contribution to responsible development practice through the application of impact assessment.
Individual Award Acknowledges personal contributions to the discipline of impact assessment and recognizes major achievement and advancement in the theory and/or practice over a period of time at an international level.
Institutional Award Presented to a national or international organization for outstanding contribution to impact assessment, such as a significant contribution to the practice of impact assessment, setting regulatory standards, or other environment-related activity deserving recognition.
Lifetime Achievement Award Previously known as the Rose-Hulman Award. Awarded to a past or present member of IAIA for major contribution to the field of impact assessment over a sustained period. [Note that this is the only award for which IAIA membership is required.]
Regional Award Awarded to a person or organization that has made a substantial contribution to the field of impact assessment and/or has taken a leadership role in promoting best practice in impact assessment within the general world region of the location of the conference for the year.
2017 Award Winners
IAIA is pleased to recognize its 2017 award winners. Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the Awards Committee to consider.
The World Bank was chosen to receive the IAIA Global Award for its new Environmental and Social Framework, which expands protections for people and the environment in Bank-financed investment projects.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Kennedy receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for his sustained and significant contribution to environmental impact assessment practice worldwide and his long-term dedication to IAIA.
Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment
The Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment was chosen to receive the Institutional Award because of its role in driving the development of proper impact assessment practice in The Netherlands and worldwide, which has greatly improved both IA practice in general as well as specific EIAs.
Francesca Viliani was selected for the Individual Award for her ongoing and sustained contributions to the field of health impact assessment, which has advanced the understanding of public health across sectors by addressing the root causes of adverse health impacts, inequality, and inequity throughout the project development cycle.
Michel Gariépy was selected as recipient of the Regional Award for his substantial contributions to environmental impact assessment in Québec and the francophone world.
Corporate Initiative Award
Tullow Uganda receives the Corporate Initiative Award for two specific initiatives promoting responsible development through impact assessment (its support and funding of the new national Red List for Uganda, and its commission of landscape studies to develop comprehensive baselines).
Outstanding Service to IAIA
The Outstanding Service to IAIA Award is presented to Miguel Coutinho for his exemplary contributions and on-going commitment to IAIA, displayed through his years of service on the Board of Directors and committees, hosting and participating in annual conferences, and representing IAIA at events around the world.
Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship
Cole Atlin was selected as the recipient of this year’s Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship. Cole is a PhD student in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Canada.