IISD Experimental Lakes Area is extremely grateful for all of the ongoing financial assistance we receive from our funders, supporters and donors.

Their generous contributions have allowed us to continue the incredible work at IISD-ELA and to preserve a legacy that began in 1968, enabling our researchers to continue finding solutions to the most pressing threats to our most precious resource – freshwater.

Major Funders

The Government of Ontario (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

Thank you to the Government of Ontario for a four-year commitment to provide $2 million annually to support the operation of IISD-ELA.

The Government of Canada (Department of Fisheries and Oceans)

Our thanks to the Government of Canada who committed $1.7 million over two years bringing the total annual support to $1 million.


CONTRIBUTORS $50,000-$99,999

  • Manitoba Hydro
  • Polaris Canada (In-Kind)
  • The Azrieli Foundation/La Fondation Azrieli
  • Anonymous

CONTRIBUTORS $10,000-$49,999

  • Thomas Sill Foundation Inc.
  • Michael Paterson and Gail Asper
  • Tides Canada Foundation
  • The Salamander Foundation
  • Kozminski Family Fund – The Winnipeg Foundation
  • TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
  • Stephen Paterson
  • ECO Canada

CONTRIBUTORS $5,000-$9,999

  • Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg (In-Kind)
  • Susan Glass and Arni Thorsteinson
  • Tetra Tech Canada Inc. (In-Kind)

CONTRIBUTORS $1,000-$4,999

  • Estate of Robert L Cooke
  • Jonathan Paterson
  • Campbell Grierson and Carol Gibb
  • Timothy Dresser
  • Janice and Gary Filmon
  • Daniel Gagnier
  • Rod Paterson
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation


  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Environment Canada
  • Gowlings
  • Milne Technologies
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Trent University
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Winnipeg

Contributions as of March 31, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding our funding please contact:

Tammy Hildebrand
Director of Development
1 (204) 958-7700 ext. 719

If you would like to donate to IISD-ELA please visit our donation page.