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Annual Nation Builder Award

Celebrating and recognizing the people who are building our country.

Empire Club's Annual Nation Builder Award

2021 Recipient

Chief Perry Bellegarde, First Nations Leader and Human Rights Advocate

The Empire Club of Canada is proud to announce the 2021 Nation Builder of the Year Award will be awarded to Chief Perry Bellegarde, First Nations leader and human rights advocate at a special virtual event on December 9, 2021.

alt= Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, smiling and wearing a grey suit with a First Nations neck piece.

Chief Perry Bellegarde, First Nations Leader and Human Rights Advocate

Chief Bellegarde is a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations with a record of achievement built over 35 years in First Nations leadership and advocacy for Indigenous rights, human rights, and building bridges within Canada and globally.

About the Award

The Nation Builder of the Year award formalizes what The Empire Club of Canada has been doing since 1903 – celebrating and providing a platform for people who are building our country.

Since its founding over a century ago, The Empire Club has played a pivotal role in many of our country’s major milestones. That’s why the focus of this award is on efforts by a Canadian individual (or group of individuals) who are making a significant contribution to our country. This individual or group of individuals can be from any walk of life – a political official, a business leader, an artist, or a cultural figure – who has made a major contribution to our national identity during their nomination year.

Every spring, The Empire Club will publish a nomination form online accompanied by selection criteria. Everyone is welcome to provide a nomination – whether you are a member of the Empire Club, a participant at an Empire Club event, or a part of the general public.

An independent panel comprised of 11 individuals (six board members and five members of the public selected by the Empire Club Board of Directors) will review the nominees. The successful nominee is presented to the Empire Club Board of Directors for ratification.

In consultation with the nominated recipient, a date will be selected for the presentation of the award at a special ceremony.

Explore our Nation Builder Award Events throughout the years.