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Alison Woodley

Alison WoodleyAlison is CPAWS’ National Conservation Director. She has more than three decades of experience working on parks and protected area issues in Canada, including over 15 years at CPAWS’ National Office in Ottawa.

Her first job after university sparked what has become Alison’s life-long passion for parks. As a nature interpreter in New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park, she recognized the critical role parks play in protecting wildlife and wilderness, and in getting people excited about the wonders of nature.

Over the past decade Alison has played leadership roles in many CPAWS campaigns, including the successful effort to massively expand Nahanni National Park Reserve in the northern Y2Y region, for which CPAWS earned the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, with the Dehcho First Nations and Parks Canada. She has represented CPAWS on Canada’s Species at Risk Advisory Committee, been an advisor on national parks to the federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. Earlier this year she was appointed to the National Advisory Panel for the “Pathway to Canada Target One” process, which is tasked with providing advice to Canadian governments on how to achieve our international commitment to expand and improve Canada’s protected areas network.

Alison holds a BSc in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick, and an MA in Geography from the University of Waterloo, specializing in parks and protected areas.

In her spare time, Alison is happiest out hiking, canoeing and otherwise enjoying nature and parks across Canada and around the world with her husband and two young adult daughters. She lives in Chelsea, Quebec, where she has Gatineau Park – a federal protected area – on her doorstep.