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Candace Batycki - Program Director, British Columbia and Yukon

Candace Batycki has been a conservation advocate for more than 25 years, with a focus on protecting ecosystems for threatened and endangered wildlife. She is bringing that diverse experience to bear as Y2Y’s Canadian Program Director, overseeing conservation efforts on the west side of the Continental Divide, in British Columbia (B.C.) and the Yukon Territory.

Born in Bella Coola, B.C., Candace began her career with marine protection campaigns for Earth Island Institute in California. After returning to her home province in 1990, Candace founded The Grizzly Project, and worked for Conservation Northwest to bring the emerging sciences of conservation biology and landscape ecology to protected areas campaigns in southeast B.C. She also worked on the David Suzuki Foundation’s Pacific Salmon Forest program.

From 2001 to 2010, Candace served as B.C. Endangered Forests Program Director and then Director of Forest Programs for ForestEthics, where her work focused on leveraging the “green-ward shift” in the U.S. forest products market to protect forests across B.C. and in Canada’s boreal forest.

Candace played a leading role in campaigns that resulted in the protection of two million hectares of mountain caribou habitat in the inland temperate rainforest from logging and road building, and the conservation of over one million hectares of endangered and high conservation value forests across B.C.’s East Kootenay region under the terms of third-party forestry certifications.

While serving as a city councillor in Nelson, B.C., from 2011 through 2014, Candace operated a consultancy that assisted civil society organizations, including a number of Y2Y partners, and completed a Master of Arts in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University.

Candace loves to hike, ski and paddle in the beautiful Kootenay Rockies, and is thrilled at the prospect of exploring the northern reaches of the Yellowstone to Yukon region.