Sharkwater's Rob Stewart receives Senate 150 medal Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Nov 29, 2017

Sharkwater director Rob StewartAward-winning filmmaker Rob Stewart, who is credited with saving one-third of the world's shark population, posthumously received a Senate 150 Anniversary medal Wednesday morning (Nov. 29). His family, including parents Brian and Sandy Stewart, along with their daughter Alexandra and son-in-law Roger, attended the presentation in Ottawa.

Rob Stewart's medal was awarded by Senator Michael McDonald, whose successful passing of his Bill S-238 through a 2nd reading gives hope that Canada will be one of the first countries in the world to support a national shark fin ban.

The commemorative medals were struck by the Royal Canadian Mint earlier this year and commemorate the first time senators came to Ottawa to sit in Parliament, on November 6, 1867.

The medals are awarded to Canadians who are actively involved in their communities who, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their hometowns, communities, regions, provinces or territories a better place to live.

Filmmaker and ecologist Rob Stewart passed away during a tragic diving accident earlier this year while he was working on his new movie, Sharkwater: Extinction, a follow-up to his award-winning movies Sharkwater and Revolution. The sequel, which is scheduled for release in theaters in 2018, further exposes the multi-billion dollar shark industry that finds shark products secretly entering our everyday lives, while at the same time causing the extinction of one of Earth’s most important animals. 

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  • contessa crystal - 11/29/2017 9:41:44 PM
    A well-deserved honour. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Died too young. But hopefully his legacy will continue to live on with others fighting for what is right in the ecology, in the sustainability of our natural resources, in maintaining God's natural order of things. How sharks are being exterminated for human profit by con-artists marketing just their fins while their carcasses are piled and left to rot is sickening. And by destroying these magnificent, majestic animals these integral members of Earth's natural cycles of cleaning and ecological purification are taken out and our whole ecology, our planet and our very existence is thrown out of gear, suffers and we are doomed. I very much enjoyed watching his informative and well documented movie. I also enjoyed his humility, candour and zeal in fighting for a cause that is right all of which were so evident during his presentation to us before the showing.
  • Amanda - 11/30/2017 3:48:43 PM
    Truly an honor and Rob's work deserves to be recognized and rewarded!
  • Betty McDowall - 12/3/2017 8:29:31 PM
    He was an amazing young man ! It breaks my heart that we lost im so young !

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