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Sarah Palmer, Director of Conservation Programs

Sarah is thrilled to be working with Y2Y in a capacity that blends her legal skills and policy analysis, with her passion for conservation and the pursuit of strategic, practical, collaborative solutions. 

Prior to joining Y2Y Sarah was a consultant in environmental law and policy. Over the course of her legal career, Sarah provided advice to clients on a wide variety of matters. These included: land use planning; remediation of contaminated lands; conservation and reclamation; the environmental assessment process, corporate environmental systems; environmental compliance and management of environmental risks and liabilities; climate change; and new environmental legislation and policy. 

Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. degree from Dalhousie University and was called to the Alberta bar in 1995.  She graduated from the Director’s Education Program with an ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sarah is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.

Currently, Sarah is a Director with Alberta Ballet; and serves as a Director on two family foundation boards. Sarah has served on a number of not-for-profit boards, including: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative; the Calgary Foundation, Arts Committee; the Environmental Law Centre; and the Calgary Institute for Humanities, Advisory Committee at the University of Calgary. 

Sarah is committed to working towards protecting one of the last intact mountain ecosystems in the world; the Yellowstone to Yukon region. She is from Calgary and is passionate about Alberta's incredible wilderness and mountain parks. Sarah enjoys hiking, cycling and skiing in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.