There are five pillars to the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), each as important as the others in ensuring the success and longevity of the Prize. In addition to the $2 million annual prize money provided by the founders, the AIP needs the active engagement of Ambassadors, the distinguished Selection Committee, winning teams and those who apply for the Prize, and Partners.

By supporting the Prize, Partners endorse its values and importance and signals 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’s goal is to welcome diverse partners from the North and South to the AIP team to share in the remarkable accomplishments and potential that the Prize fosters. As an AIP Partner, your organization will increase a heightened public awareness and recognition for its positive engagement in the North and will be rewarded by being a 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.

Partners are encouraged to help spread the word about the Prize and laureates by:

  • Liking and sharing the AIP Facebook.
  • 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 and their project(s) in your community.
  • Sharing good news stories about the success and progress of your team project(s), including local media coverage, print articles, etc.

There are three Partner categories: In-Kind Partners, Prize Partners, and Sustainability Partners.

In-Kind Partners

  1. Manage, administer and/or cover the operational costs of the AIP.
  2. Contribute by supporting and advising on the cultural and art components of the Prize.

Managing Partner

The Rideau Hall Foundation is the managing operator of the Arctic Inspiration Prize and covers the costs of the operation and administration of the Prize. The AIP is a perfect match with the RHFs 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.

Airline Partners

Air NorthFirst Air

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 are the contribution of northern aboriginal Partners and governments, topped up by the $1 million by the founders and many industry partners with an interest in the North. The Prize Partners are responsible for funding the Prize, therefore their contributions have a direct impact in northern communities. During the AIP’s first four years, the prize money derived mostly from a dedicated investment portfolio established by the founders. Meanwhile many Prize Partners from the North have joined the AIP, demonstrating ‘owned’ support by northerners and their institutions and with it recognizing the genuine benefits that the Prize brings to northerners.

Agnico Eagle ArcticNet ATCO Ltd. Baffinland Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Denendeh Developement Corporation Glencore Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Kitikmeot Corporation Kativik Regional Government Nunasi Corporation Makivik Corporation Nunatsiavut Group of Companies Polar Knowledge Canada Government of Northwest Territories Nunavut Government Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Qikiqtaaluk Corporation Royal Bank of Canada RBC Dominion Securities Sakku Investments Corporation Whitehorse Woodward Group of companies Government of Yukon

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 The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling The Counselling Foundation of Canada