For his crucial contributions to the creation of Ontario's Bruce Trail and for his philanthropic devotion to the natural world.
Philip Gosling has lived a life connected to nature. In 1960, he took a leave of absence from his real estate brokerage to lead teams of volunteers in blazing an 800-kilometre public footpath across the Niagara Escarpment, thus realizing the Bruce Trail Committee’s dream. Now known in Guelph as the founder of the Wellington Brewery, he continues to support many conservation initiatives. Notably, he created the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation at the University of Guelph, and helps the Bruce Trail Conservancy in its efforts to secure sensitive land areas.