Iranian-Canadian and partner endow $1 million to protect Arctic

A Vancouver couple – Iranian-born Sima Sharifi and Swiss-born Arnold Witzig – have made a commitment to endow an annual $1-million prize to be awarded to projects benefiting the people and the environment of the Canadian Arctic.

“The Arctic Inspiration prize will be awarded for the first time next month in Vancouver at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, an annual gathering of about 2,000 academics and researchers as well as representatives of government, business and non-profit organizations,” according to the Vancouver Sun.

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