One of Canada's most senior and successful conservation leaders, George Smith offers Y2Y senior strategic leadership on campaigns focused in northeastern B.C.
George was the National Conservation Director for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for 14 years from 1990 to 2004, and was one of Y2Y's original founders. He was also one of the initiators of the CPAWS campaign to protect Canada's boreal forest and provided strategic advice for the boreal program across Canada.
In 1992, George co-initiated the campaign to conserve what became known as the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (MKMA) within the Y2Y area in northeastern B.C.'s Rocky and Cassiar Mountains. His extensive work in the region led to the creation, in 1997 and 2001, of two of the largest land-use management areas in B.C. history: 16 million acres of new protected and special management areas in the province.
George has worked on many other wilderness issues, including successful campaigns to protect the Tatshenshini River in northwestern B.C., Akamina-Kishinina Provincial Park, the Tetrahedron area on B.C.'s southwestern coast, and the legal case that ended commercial logging in Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
In 1997, George was co-recipient of Y2Y's first Achievement Award. In 1998, he received the Minister's Environmental Award from the BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, and in 2000, he was honored with the Wilburforce Foundation's first North American Award for Conservation Leadership.
George and his partner Merrily Corder live in Gibsons, B.C.