Executive Director, Yukon Conservation Society
If it’s a case of protecting the environment in Yukon, you can bet Karen Baltgailis is somehow involved. As Executive Director of the Yukon Conservation Society, she lead the team that helped to achieve a ban on garbage burning at landfills in the territory, prevent mining in Tombstone Territorial Park, and stop a proposed sulfuric acid heap leach mine near salmon spawning habitat on the Yukon River. With CPAWS Yukon she has helped raise huge public support for protecting the Peel River Watershed. Karen helped found, and for five years was on the board of, a grassroots organization working to protect Whitehorse’s most important wildlife corridor, McIntyre Creek.