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Alison Woodley

Alison WoodleyAlison Woodley worked for 17 years with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), most recently as National Conservation Director. Alison is currently on secondment from CPAWS to an IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Task Force looking at global biodiversity conservation targets beyond 2020.

Over the past decade Alison has played leadership roles in many successful CPAWS conservation campaigns, including for the 2009 massive expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve in the northern Y2Y region. More recently she led the Green Budget Coalition’s successful efforts to secure a $1.3 billion federal investment in nature conservation in Budget 2018. In 2017 she was appointed to a National Advisory Panel tasked with recommending how Canadian governments can achieve our international commitment to expand and improve Canada’s protected areas system. She has also been a member of the federal Species at Risk Advisory Committee, and an advisor to the federal Auditor General’s office on national park issues.

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. She lives in Chelsea, Quebec, and is happiest out enjoying nature with her husband and two young adult daughters in nearby Gatineau Park, and other wild places around the world.