Professor Nelson received the Eric Arthur Lifetime Achievement Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario on Friday November 21 at a special awards ceremony held at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. The award is named after Eric Arthur, the founder of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), who inspired the preservation movement in Ontario.
With this Award, Professor Nelson is recognized for his significant contributions to natural and cultural heritage.
· His contributions to natural and cultural heritage in Ontario, Canada and internationally.
· His founding of the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo, and his excellent directorship, at the Centre which continues to contribute significantly to heritage.
· His extensive research and publication.
· His successful endeavour in obtaining a heritage designation for the Grand River. Due to his efforts and those of others, the Grand River is now a Canadian Heritage River, one among 35 in Canada.
· His influence on students, planners, politicians and the general public in relation to cultural heritage.
· His outreach to the community in contributing his time and expertise with so many heritage related organizations such as Community Heritage Ontario, Grand River Conservation Authority, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (Provincial ACO and North Waterloo Region Branch), City of Waterloo Municipal Heritage Committee, as well as many government and academic committees.