This is Reimagining Conservation
Hadley Archer
Executive Director, TNC Canada

Above: Doug Neasloss, Chief Councilor of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation in Klemtu, British Columbia, patrols the shores for threats to the ecosystem. Indigenous Guardians are the “eyes and ears” of their territories, supported by TNC in communities across Canada. Photo courtesy of Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

 

This is an exciting time to be in conservation in Canada. We have an opportunity to show global leadership in addressing climate change, by conserving nature at a pace and scale that matters, advancing Indigenous rights, and supporting the transition to a green economic future. We have an opportunity to help address our world’s most pressing threats.

To seize these opportunities, we need an integrated model of conservation that benefits nature and people. We need to conserve Canada’s great places, transform business practices and governing policies, and inspire leadership. We need lasting solutions that respect the underlying natural systems we all depend on, and define pathways for sustainable resource use that support nature, our economy, and cultural and social values.

Building on a decade of on-the-ground work, The Nature Conservancy established TNC Canada in 2014 as an affiliate within this context. Adding to strong momentum in Canada, we are working to advance conservation that supports Indigenous stewardship and economic prosperity, and through those means, deliver transformative benefits for nature.

This year’s Impact Report outlines our work toward five critical priorities fundamental to a world where nature and people thrive: protect land and water, tackle climate change, provide food and water sustainably, connect nature and people, and build healthy communities.

One success that I am proud to highlight is our work with the Ahousaht First Nation in Clayoquot Sound. Four years ago, the Ahousaht invited us to support their land-use planning. Today, they have a blueprint for a sustainable future that’s rooted in sacred cultural values and protective of a globally significant ecosystem.

The Ahousaht story and others in the pages that follow illustrate how we are leveraging our local-to-global expertise and resources to build sustainable business models, advance Indigenous leadership, support communities as they develop jobs and economic opportunities, and unite partners in driving positive change.

Thank you to everyone who has placed their trust and support in our team. I’d especially like to recognize John and Marcy McCall MacBain for their visionary support. Understanding that conservation is no longer just about acres protected, but about working with local people to build sustainable economies, they have set up a challenge grant encouraging others to join them.

We are excited to share the results of our work over the past year, and we look forward to working with you in the year ahead as we reimagine conservation.

Sincerely,
Hadley



Leadership that Drives Our Vision
Our Board of Directors

Above: The TNC Canada team stands among the colourful shimmering aspen of the boreal forest in Northern Manitoba, part of a 22-million-acre project in the region.

 

Arlin Hackman Board Chair
Principal, BG&E Consulting Ltd. and former Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, WWF-Canada

Florence Eastwood Vice Chair
Board Member, Lake Winnipeg Foundation and former educator

Shari Austin
CEO, Century Initiative and former Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, RBC

Karen Berky
Pacific Northwest/Canada Division Director, The Nature Conservancy

Debbie Cervenka
Consultant; Board Member of The Nature Conservancy’s North American Advisory Group and Wisconsin Chapter; Former Co-owner of Phillips Plastics Corporation, USA

John Honderich
Chair, Torstar

Jess Housty
Councillor, Heiltsuk Tribal Council and Director of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Qqs Projects Society

Peter Kendall
Executive Director, Schad Foundation and President, Earth Rangers

Avrim Lazar
Policy and Communications Consultant and former CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada

Doug Neasloss
Elected Chief Councillor and Resource Stewardship Director, Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation