John Lounds

President & CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada

With John as President & CEO since 1997, the NCC has become the national leader in science-based land conservation, conserving more than 2.7 M acres (1.1 M hectares). John’s efforts helped convince the Government of Canada to establish the Natural Areas Conservation Program (recently renewed) securing more than 4,000 sq. km. of ecologically sensitive land, to date. NCC’s most recent campaign, “A Force for Nature ” raised more than $500 M,  which was invested in direct Canadian conservation. On average, NCC protects an additional 2 properties every week.

Will Horter

Executive Director, Dogwood Initiative

Will is the strategic thought leader of the Dogwood Initiative, B.C’s largest non-partisan democracy group. Their network is made up of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens with a focus on preparing for a citizens' initiative if the provincial government approves crude oil tanker and pipeline expansion. A volunteer-driven organization, Dogwood has also partnered with Coastal First Nations, Unifor and West Coast Environmental Law in its efforts to protect British Columbia from the threat of oil spills. Learn more about Will... www.dogwoodinitiative.org

Merrell-Ann Phare

Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

The founding director of CIER, Merrell-Ann's team has led numerous capacity building projects for over 300 First Nations across Canada, catapulting over 1000 First Nations youth participants into watershed leadership roles, providing concrete steps to protect habitat, species at risk, and provide community based monitoring. Also, as the Chief Negotiator for the Government of the NWT charged with negotiating 5 trans-boundary water agreements, lawyer and conservationist Merrell-Ann and her negotiating team are the last line of defense for the future of water in the territory. Learn more about Merrell-Ann... ca.linkedin.com/pub/merrell-ann-phare/11/57/9a8

Art Sterritt

Executive Director, Great Bear Initiative

Art's leadership in championing  a sustainable economy for Coastal First Nations includes creation of  The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. The unique project  offers communities the potential for a renewed coastal economy  through the sale of 394,000 carbon tonnes of offsets, raising $3.6 million since 2012,  while helping to conserve the largest, most ecologically significant temperate rainforest in the world.  His efforts have supported the creation of Marine Use Plans that view demands for ocean uses in an integrated way, ensuring our oceans sustain coastal communities for generations to come and provide certainty and clarity to First Nations and stakeholders alike.

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