President & CEO, Nature Conservancy of CanadaWith 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.
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.
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Executive Director, Great Bear InitiativeArt'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.