January 31st marks the first year anniversary of the passing of Rob Stewart. He remains one of the most influential Canadian filmmakers of this generation. He combined his film making talents with his strong background in biology and conservation; creating one of the most memorable and impactful environmental films called Sharkwater. Now a Marine Research and non-profit organization is collaborating with Stewart’s Sharkwater team, to finish the film they were making when he passed. The film is named Sharkwater Extinction.
To honour his legacy and what he had started, the expedition vessel was named in his honour. The boat will be used for science students and film crews to promote the conservation of marine life, with a strong focus on sharks.
This Toronto based filmmaker has also a mural installed to remember his legacy and passion that he held for saving our oceans. Toronto Mayor John Tory stated, “This mural will celebrate the life of a notable Toronto resident and remind us that the health of the world’s oceans is of paramount importance to everyone,” Tory said. “I hope this mural will inspire personal reflection and help continue Rob Stewart’s legacy.”
His film definitely left lasting impacts on people for many, and it’s great to see the city remembering his character on a beautiful display. He definitely inspires me as a budding conservationist and I thank him for making such a bold statement with his film and positive impact made through his actions. I felt lucky attending the same high school as he once did, as I wanted to pursue conservation and his movie made it feel possible.
“Rob had a belief that if we work to live in harmony with nature, the world would be a better place,” said Rob’s father, Brian, at the mural unveiling.
How did Sharkwater impact you?