Receives Commission to photograph banks in Canada and the United States of America for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and The Parnassus Foundation for "Money Matters", A Critical History of Bank Architecture.
Receives Corporate Commission for a photographic essay on the nickel mines of Thompson, Lake Manitoba for INCO Canada.
Receives Canada Council “B” Grant.
Receives Commission for "Mosaica", a photographic essay on the integration of the
Ukrainian culture with Canadian culture for The Grant McEwan Centre. Edmonton, Canada.
Receives Gold Medal, National Magazine Award for article in "Canadian Art Magazine."
Receives Commission for Photographing the works of Baroque architecture of Borromini in Rome for book to be published by the Yale University Press and authored by Joseph Connors.
Participates in the Kodak Lecture Series, Ryerson Polytechnical University. Toronto, Ontario.
Participates in the Canadian Art Lecture Series, panel discussion, Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Ontario.
Participates in the Fuji Lecture Series, Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Ontario.
Receives Photojournalism Silver Award, National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Receives Academician’s Honours, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Circumpolar State Visit to Finland and Iceland, Governor General of Canada Delegate.
In the Wake of Progress, lecture. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Seen and Unseen, lecture. Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montreal, Quebec.
Manufactured Landscapes, lecture. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
International Center of Photography, lecture. New York City, New York.
Finnish Museum of Photography at Cable Factory, lecture. Helsinki, Finland.
University of Iceland, lecture. Reykjavik, Iceland.
International Center of Photography, lecture. New York, New York.
Receives TED Prize, The Sapling Foundation.
Receives Arles Outreach Award, Les Recontres d’Arles. Arles, France.
Receives Roloff Beny Photography Book Award.
Participates in The Natural City Symposion, presented by The University of Toronto's Division of the Environment, Institute for Environmental Sturies, and The World Society for Ekistics. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario. June 23-25, 2004.
Participates in Idea City, a three-day conference held in June, one of 50 speakers. Toronto, Ontario.
Photographic Book Award for Before the Flood, Applied Arts Magazine.
Subject of award winning documentary Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal.
Receives ICP Infinity Award, Art category. International Center of Photography, New York.
Receives German Photo Book Award for Burtynsky: Quarries (Steidl Verlag).
Lecture at The Long Now Foundation, San Francisco, California. July.
Lecture at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts. June.
Lecture at World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. April.
Lecture at Society for Photographic Education Conference, Denver, Colorado. March.