A Message from Our Executive Director
On a warm July night, the TNC Canada team was sitting around a roaring campfire at the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. We were guests in Heiltsuk territory, joined by a dozen youth from the community and listening to William Housty tell his Nation’s traditional stories. As William wove tales about bears and salmon, the origin of the Heiltsuk people, and their connection to the forests and rivers that literally surrounded us, the children were transfixed, and so was our team.
The Nature Conservancy has worked with William, his father Larry and his sister Jess, for more than a decade. After the children trudged off to bed, we had an open and frank discussion. At one point—and I will never forget this—Jess said, “I’m telling you these things because I care about TNC Canada. We value this partnership and want to continue working with you.”
This report is about impact; it is an account of our hard work and progress since TNC Canada became a registered Canadian charity. It counts acres, tallies results and calculates dollars raised. It demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach, which invests in people and sustainable economies to achieve scalable conservation. And it reflects the global innovation and investment we bring as the Canadian affiliate of the world’s largest conservation organization.
But the real power behind our impact is partnership. We learned this 10 years ago when TNC was invited to join the effort to conserve the Great Bear Rainforest. And I am proud that we have been invited by others to join in every one of our projects today—along the Pacific Coast, in the Northwest Territories and eastward through the Boreal Forest.
I hope you will join me, our staff, Board of Directors, partners and visionary supporters in celebrating these successes and looking forward to the work ahead. Our investment in conservation is an investment in a vibrant future for Canada and the world.
Top left to right (scrolling): Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest © Jon McCormack. Heiltsuk youth participating in the SEAS program at Koeye in the Great Bear Rainforest © Michael Reid. Aspen and birch of the Boreal Forest, in the Northwest Territories © Bridget Paule. Canada’s Pacific coastline © M. Sanjayan.