MI’s director of development and engagement recently joined a prestigious and select group of Canadians when he accepted the national Indspire Award during a gala held in Calgary, Alberta.

Gerald Anderson became the fourth person from Newfoundland and Labrador to be recognized by Indspire (formally known as the National Aboriginal Achievement Award) when he accepted his award in the category of environment and natural resources.

The Indspire Awards are the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows. The Awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. The environment and natural resources award recognizes Mr. Anderson’s work in establishing fisheries and marine education in Nunavik, Nunavut and Labrador.

“I am humbled by this recognition and want to thank those who have supported my efforts to build and strengthen relationships and training in the North,” said Mr. Anderson. “Working at the Marine Institute has allowed me many opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally and I would not be able to pursue this important work without such a fantastic university community.”

“Gerald has made numerous important contributions to the success of MI over the past 27 years. His efforts have brought training to those who would otherwise be unable to access the necessary education to gain employment in the fisheries sector and marine transportation industry,” said Glenn Blackwood, vice-president of Memorial University for the Fisheries and Marine Institute. “On behalf of everyone at the Institute, I offer my sincere congratulations to him on this very deserving recognition and we look forward to working with him in the future.”