2022 Edition

This fundraiser built around Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, with more than 200 musicians and choristers on stage under the direction of conductor Nicolas Ellis, helped to raise

255 000 $

to support Nature Conservancy of Canada, Sierra Club Foundation Canada and UNICEF Canada

thanks to our partners

Presented by


Official partner

Age of Union

beneficiary organisations

Sierra Club Canada
Sierra Club Canada
Unicef Canada
Conservation de la nature Canada

‘All of the paths that we travel build our lives; those we follow in our youth are the most important. Thank you for offering young people the chance to walk Kenauk’s trails and learn the scientific foundations of nature conservation.’

Bernard Voyer, OC, CQ, MSM, NCC Ambassador

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is grateful to the Orchestre de l’Agora and its audience.

Your support has been essential to launching our campaign to protect and endow the Kenauk territory, a vast natural environment unique in Canada located between Montreal and Ottawa-Gatineau. Its ancient forests, deep lakes, and swift rivers are home to more than a hundred rare or endangered species. The long-term conservation of Kenauk is a priority as well as an important opportunity for scientific research and youth education. It is for youth access to nature that CNC has asked for your generosity to support the development of the Kenauk Institute, a charitable organization created to promote the site’s mission for research and education.

The generosity of the Orchestre allowed CNC and the Kenauk Institute to launch the campaign in 2022 and raise more than $20M to protect this territory and support research and environmental education programs for young people. Since then, more than 1000 ha of riverside habitat has been protected around Lake Papineau. The multi-university scientific program of the Kenauk Institute now includes a permanent watershed monitoring station by the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). An astronomy observatory was also completed, and 170 students participated in educational programs in 2023. The Kenauk Institute will be able to offer more internships for young people and welcome more school groups in the future thanks to the benefits of the endowment campaign and the upcoming construction of a main pavilion.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s unifying force for nature. NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale, permanent land conservation. As a trusted partner, NCC works with people, communities, businesses, and government to protect and care for our country’s most important natural areas.
Click on the following links to support the educational programs of the Kenauk Institute or to protect Quebec’s natural sites with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Conservation de la nature Canada

At Sierra Club Canada we want to extend our gratitude.
I hope you can see your impact is growing!

Your gift is Uplifting!

Orchestra de l’Agora’s Gala de la Terre: Pour Les Enfants has enabled us to create more connections with nature for more children and youth. Through your support, we were able to provide programming into fall and winter seasons and reduce fees for families to make the program more accessible to more children. We also provided programming to LGBTQ2S youth and launched a new Wild Child leadership program for older youth to mentor new Wild Ones. You can learn more about our current projects on our Case for Support (attached).Student at Forrest School 2024.

  • Our Wild Child Forest School and Outdoor Education programs provided 60,000 hours outside for children and youth – that’s equivalent to 6.8 years in the outdoors in total!
  • 1350 children and youth participating in Wild Child in PEI, Nova Scotia, and Edmonton
  • 311 the spots provided through our Prince Edward Island program were free to priority populations including 2SLGBTQ+ families, BIPOC families, kids with disabilities, and low-income families.
  • 5 educators trained in Forest School Outdoor Education methodology so they can create more outdoor education opportunities
  • Launched the Wild Child Youth Leaders program, and programs for BIPOC and LGBTQ2E+ Youth aged 15-17 who wish to mentor others
Unicef Canada

A safe and clean environment for every child

Report to Orchestre de l’Agora, April 2024

UNICEF expresses its sincere gratitude to Orchestre de l’Agora for your support toward a sustainable, safe and healthy environment for children. We look forward to ongoing opportunities to collaborate on our shared focus to prioritize children’s environments and protect them from the effects of climate change. UNICEF has ramped up its climate, environment, energy, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) work to address the ever- increasing impacts on children and young people from climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, biodiversity loss and from all types of disasters. In 2022, we implemented child-sensitive programs in 69 countries, up from 37 in 2021. Below are two illustrations of how the support to the Safe and Clean Environment fund through the proceeds from Gala de la terre is making an impact for children

Early detection of groundwater depletion in Madagascar

The lack of rainfall and other environmental factors have affected the vegetation and agricultural production, leaving many facing severe hunger. The high levels of food insecurity have already pushed hundreds to migrate and will cause an estimated 479,000 children under 5 years of age to suffer from acute malnutrition.

To predict the risks of droughts, UNICEF, in collaboration with partners, developed a Groundwater Early Warning System (GEWS). Thanks to this system, it is now possible to provide early warnings of drought for better and more proactive responses, and to improve planning for drought adaptation practices, such as water trucking. UNICEF is currently expanding the groundwater mapping so all new water points have online reporting capability.

Child-centered DRR work in Nepal

Nepal is highly prone to flooding, landslides, and other disasters, and children and young people are affected disproportionally. UNICEF has been working with government partners on child-centered DRR since 2013 at national and subnational levels, including promoting the meaningful participation of children and young people in DRR and climate change adaptation decision-making processes.

Significant progress has been made in 12 highly vulnerable districts. This includes the formation of over 240 DRR and school safety child clubs, and the embedding of child-centered DRR into 23 municipal disaster management policies and plans.

Presented by Canimex, in collaboration with Age of Union, this event brought together personalities from the world of business, art, the environment and different horizons around a common goal: to support children and the environment, in this time of climate crisis.

Thanks to Bita Cattelan and Nicolas Ellis for successfully co-hosting the Gala. Thank you to our honorary president Dax Dasilva, as well as to our two ambassadors Bernard Voyer and Pascale Bourbeau.

Congratulations to contraltist Marie-Nicole Lemieux and all the artists gathered on stage for their wonderful performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony!

Finally, we would like to thank the public, partners and donors who, by their presence, faithful support and valuable contribution, made possible the realization of this Gala.

Photos by Ludovic Rolland-Marcotte