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Stephen Legault - Program Director, Crown, Alberta and Northwest Territories

Involved with Yellowstone to Yukon since 1996, Stephen Legault was a founding board member of Y2Y and served from 1997 through 2004. He also chaired the successful Connections conference that publicly launched Y2Y in 1997.

Stephen has more than 25 years of experience leading large-scale conservation initiatives. Most recently, as Coordinator of the Crown Conservation Initiative, Stephen advanced protections for some of the most ecologically important mountain landscapes in North America, including Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine Region and Alberta’s Castle Watershed.

Prior to Y2Y, Stephen was the Founder and Executive Director of, Vice President of the Alberta Wilderness Association and a board member of Conservation Voters of B.C. His conservation achievements include helping to pass Canada's first Species at Risk Act and its new National Parks Act, as well as working on dozens of protected areas campaigns, including the creation of new protected areas in Alberta's Kananaskis Country, Bow Valley and southern foothills.

Stephen was also the Senior Development Officer (sustainability) at Royal Roads University, and ran his own consulting firm from 2005-2011, called Highwater Mark Strategy and Communications. He has authored more than 10 books, including Carry Tiger to Mountain: The Tao of Activism and Leadership, which was called “an important book for anyone who dreams of a better world” by Rex Wyler, one of the founders of Greenpeace.

Stephen is husband to Jenn Hoffman and father of Rio and Silas. Together they live in Canmore, AB. He is an avid runner, Nordic skier and backpacker, and wildly enthusiastic to be living in the Rocky Mountains.