A special gavel is used for all meetings of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. It is handed over to the incoming President at the end of each annual general meeting. The gavel was presented to the Canadian Council of Resources & Environment Ministers by Alberta in June, 1975.
The body of the head is made from 100,000.000 year old Alberta petrified dinosaur bone and prefaced by the Alberta Crest. The surface of the head represents the Atlantic – to the Pacific – to the Arctic – as the greenish stone is labradorite from Newfoundland, the pink is rhodenite from British Columbia and the brownish metallic one is a form of hematite from the Mackenzie River Delta.
The gavel was crafted by DR. E. E. Ballantyne, Alberta Deputy Minister of Environment, 1971-1975.