Learn more about the people behind Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Candace Batycki has been a conservation advocate for more than 30 years, with a focus on protecting ecosystems for threatened and endangered wildlife. She began her career with marine protection campaigns, but since 1990 has focused on BC’s Columbia and Rocky mountains and the inland temperate rainforest.
Candace is interested in governance, and served a term on city council in Nelson, BC. She is fascinated by Indigenous-led conservation, applied road ecology, and social process technologies. Candace loves to hike, ski and paddle the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
EMAIL: candace (at) y2y (dot) net
Katrina brings an academic background in public relations and communications, content creation skills and of course, her love for nature to her role at Y2Y. It’s her long-time passion for wildlife and the environment that drove her to pursue a career in conservation.
She lives in Calgary but finds any opportunity to explore the Rockies and discover other wild places in the Yellowstone-to-Yukon region. In her spare time, she’s probably practicing yoga or tracking down a good cup of coffee.
EMAIL: katrina (at) y2y (dot) net
Nadia joins the team with an academic background in forestry and experience working on a wide range of conservation programs in Banff National Park. She is overjoyed to be working for Y2Y in a role that allows her to connect with the community and bring awareness to important environmental topics.
Originally from Edmonton, she finds herself loving the lifestyle her home in the Bow Valley provides. If she’s not outside either hiking, climbing, biking or skiing, you’ll find her painting with a cup of tea in hand.
EMAIL: nadia (at) y2y (dot) net
Natalie is passionate about relationships people have with their environments. She brings expertise working with Indigenous peoples in the field of traditional knowledge and environmental assessments, as well as project management and report/proposal-writing.
Originally from Quebec, she was drawn to the Rocky Mountains where she can be found hiking, camping, cycling, skiing, and otherwise enjoying the beautiful landscape with her family.
EMAIL: natalie (at) y2y (dot) net
Tim has a lifelong love of wild places, and has experience in political organizing, park management, and research.
Prior to joining the Y2Y team, Tim was committed to driving positive change as an organizer for multiple political, non-profit and labour campaigns, and in the past worked as a researcher for the Cohen Commission, which examined the collapse of Sockeye Salmon fisheries on the Fraser River.
Tim was inspired to focus his career on conservation advocacy and research after two seasons as an operations manager for several provincial marine parks, where his passion for the wild evolved from a fascination with Canadian natural history to contemporary politics and policy surrounding the environment, natural resources and conservation movements.
Tim completed his Master’s degree at the University of Northern British Columbia, working on a grassroots mapping tool for conservation.
As B.C. Manager, Strategic Engagement and Peace Region, Tim coordinates the efforts of local conservation organizations, First Nations, scientists, government, industry and other interested parties to conserve biodiversity and wildlife connectivity in BC. He advocates for conservation solutions in provincial policy initiatives, engaging with decision makers on ecological legislation and policy campaigns.
Tim lives in Victoria, B.C., with his dog Mick, and spends his free time exploring the mountains, rivers, lakes and prairie of the beautiful Peace region.
EMAIL: tim (at) y2y (dot) net
As someone who has been passionate about protecting wild places his entire life, Nick has long been inspired by Y2Y’s mission and is excited to be a part of the Y2Y team.
In his role with Y2Y, Nick is leading projects to protect key private and public lands, reduce wildlife collisions, and prevent and reduce wildlife conflicts in Montana’s High Divide. He is also currently a co-coordinator for the Montanan’s for Safe Wildlife Passage coalition.
His conservation ethic has been shaped by incredible experiences in wild places around the world including trips to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Africa. His educational background is in natural resources management, environmental studies, and natural resource conflict resolution. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering to further wilderness protection efforts. Immediately prior to coming to Y2Y he was with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park’s Lands Unit working to advance land conservation.
Nick lives in Helena, Montana with his lovely wife, Kaelyn, and dog Millie. He enjoys exploring wild places, floating rivers, photography, and traveling.
EMAIL: nick (at) y2y (dot) net
Robin’s early exposure to the values of protecting wildlife and habitat came from her father who worked in conservation in Manitoba.
Seeking a career in a cause she believed in, Robin is now taking these values and implementing them in her career as donor relations associate for Y2Y.
Robin comes to the organization with a strong commitment to discipline and excellence, along with a breadth of international experience. In her youth, Robin was a national level competitive figure skater.
After attending Brandon University she pursued her love of skating, spending eight years performing as a principal soloist and pairs skater with Disney On Ice around the world.
Upon retirement from performing she began coaching in Edmonton, Alta., and has been coaching in the Bow Valley. She devotes her free time serving as a technical specialist for Skate Canada and lives in Canmore with her husband Mark and two young children Anya and Lukas.
Robin is thrilled to be part of Y2Y, using her passion for connecting with people to protect and connect wildlife and habitat for future generations to enjoy.
EMAIL: robin (at) y2y (dot) net
Chi’s interest in accounting began at the age of 15 while attending a business administration course at high school and continued education at college. After graduating from college, Chi moved to Canada and worked as a bookkeeper for more than 10 years.
She is very excited to be a part of the Y2Y team and bring the knowledge of accounting. She likes numbers and enjoys finding new ways to take the work out of paperwork. Also, she enjoys being outdoor especially camping, fishing, hiking, biking, snowboarding and skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
EMAIL: chizuru (at) y2y (dot) net
Jessie’s conservation experience and academic background integrate forest ecology, biodiversity, species conservation, and climate change into collaborative projects in forest and watershed restoration, wildland protection, and human-wildlife coexistence.
She lives in Idaho and enjoys incorporating her connection to its people and landscapes into her work with Y2Y.
EMAIL: jessie (at) y2y (dot) net
Dr. Hilty is an internationally recognized wildlife corridor ecologist and conservationist, with over 20 years of experience managing large-scale conservation programs.
She enjoys applying science-based solutions to complex conservation challenges and works to advance conservation by leading science and community-based and collaborative conservation efforts. She has co-edited or been lead author on four books, her most recent release is 2019’s Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaption.
Prior to joining to Y2Y, Dr. Hilty served as Executive Director of the North America Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. She currently serves on the Board of the Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship and as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Connectivity Committee. She was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, and loves to explore the region with her family.
EMAIL: j.hilty (at) y2y (dot) net
Dr. Jacob has studied animal behavior, forest and coastal ecology, and conservation biology across British Columbia, Alaska, East Africa and Central America for more than 15 years.
She designs, conducts, and communicates applied research to inform Y2Y and partners across the region, including species at risk, land-use planning, and the role of science in law and policy.
Her doctoral research was on strategies to restore tropical rainforest to support wildlife, carbon storage, and local communities. Her postdoctoral research focused on social, economic, and environmental trade-offs associated with marine and coastal planning in B.C.
Aerin is active in science communication and policy engagement, and received the 2019 Early Career Conservationist award from the Society for Conservation Biology. When she isn’t thinking or talking about science, she can be found skiing, paddling, and looking under rocks.
EMAIL: aerin (at) y2y (dot) net
Claire Jarrold is passionate about connecting with people and with nature, and she is happy to be engaged in both roles at Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Claire loves telling the stories that connect people to causes, which is at the root of her fundraising. She has extensive experience in donor relations, fund development and project management within the fields of international and community development, and social welfare, as well as conservation. She has maintained an active Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status since 2013.
Originally from the U.K., greater access to wilderness spaces was a big part of Claire’s decision to make Canada her home. Canoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing are her favourite ways to explore the Rockies and beyond.
EMAIL: claire (at) y2y (dot) net
Tim’s role on the Alberta program team combines his love for mountain landscapes with an academic background in geography to help advance Y2Y’s work on safer highways for wildlife and people, and supporting efforts at sustaining the land, water and wildlife of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.
In addition to his work at Y2Y, he is also involved with coordinating volunteer trail care programs and other projects related to the stewardship of Kananaskis Country. His love of maps and self-powered travel usually result in any free time being dedicated to exploring the backroads and trails of the U.S. and Canadian west by bike.
EMAIL: tim.johnson (at) y2y (dot) net
Renée has a passion for people and creating connections.
After serving Y2Y as communications manager for four years, Renée moved into the role of donor relations manager where her strong communications skills will enable her to forge important relationships with Y2Y supporters.
Prior to Y2Y, Renée worked with academics and company leaders to develop communications strategies and community relations programs. Born and raised in Alberta, and as a skier, hiker and cyclist the Yellowstone to Yukon region is both her home and playground.
Renée looks forward to using her talents in support of the Y2Y vision.
EMAIL: renee (at) y2y (dot) net
Adam Linnard is Y2Y’s Alberta Program Manager in his hometown of Canmore, on Treaty 7 territory. He guides campaigns to protect key wildlife habitat and ensure that animals can move between and beyond those protected areas, focusing on headwaters regions, wildlife corridors, and highway crossings.
With a mixed background in environmental justice, literary ecocriticism, and international poverty relief, Adam combines these interests in working for sustainable, justice-oriented, thriving communities that make space for other-than-human beings as well. Adam likes to be outside, on foot, in inclement weather.
EMAIL: adam (at) y2y (dot) net
Silvia has a background in environmental science and zoology, and is currently a geography masters student at the University of Calgary. Her graduate research is focused on the application of remote sensing and GIS approaches to map and characterize the understory vegetation in the boreal forest. Her research interests include the integration of technology such as remote sensing to aid in the resolution of environmental management issues.
Silvia is fascinated by the complexities of the natural world, she loves animals and enjoys seeing new plant biodiversity in her travels. During her free time, she enjoys walks with her dog, bike rides, and reading fiction novels.
EMAIL: silvia (at) y2y (dot) net
Ellen is a Calgary native and the great granddaughter of Scottish immigrants who settled in Banff in 1901.
Prior to joining Y2Y, she was program manager for Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre and a member of the team responsible for delivering the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. She is thrilled to be a part of Y2Y working on behalf of wildlife and wild spaces.
Ellen graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Business Administration. She lives in Canmore with her husband and daughter. In their free time they love skiing, rafting, gardening and exploring.
EMAIL: ellen (at) y2y (dot) net
Laura has worked in communications, marketing and fundraising for the not-for-profit sector, and prior to that, spent several grueling years planting trees in the wilds of northern Ontario and southern BC.
She moved with her family to Canmore from Toronto in search of blue skies and high peaks, and she is absolutely ecstatic to be working at Y2Y and helping to achieve this collective vision to keep these beautiful landscapes protected and connected.
Laura believes the root of all fundraising is in storytelling, and she is excited to share stories about Y2Y’s vital efforts in conservation. When not in the office, you can find her on the ski hill, and consuming and making art as often as she is able.
EMAIL: laura (at) y2y (dot) net
Simon Ongom is an accountant with extensive experience in financial accounting. His vast experience includes banking, not for profit and hospitality.
Simon attributes his academic and social developments to environment. He grew up interacting extensively with nature.
Simon has heavily volunteered in the various not for profit organizations around Canada.
Simon’s personal interest includes music and spending time with family and friends.
EMAIL: simon(at) y2y (dot) net
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.
EMAIL: sarah (at) y2y (dot) net
Dr. Pigeon is a landscape ecologist invested in human-wildlife coexistence worldwide. Her past work includes a number of applied research projects focused on understanding how large mammals such as grizzly bears, caribou, moose, wolves, sloth bears, and Asiatic black bears interact with their changing environment.
Her current work as UNBC-Y2Y post-doctoral fellow is aimed at figuring out how we can best encourage people to connect with nature and wild places while strengthening and preserving biodiversity. She will be based out of Canmore, Alberta and Prince George, B.C. and leading a team of partners in the U.S. and Canada.
Being outdoors has always been an important part of her life, and Karine is thrilled to merge her passion for the outdoors with her research. Her preferred ways to connect with nature are to ski, bike, trail run, and climb.
EMAIL: karine (at) y2y (dot) net
Nadine has a background in environmental science, education, local government, and community development. She believes in doing good research to make good decisions, and comes to Y2Y with unique experience in leading applied social science research with and for communities across the Columbia Basin.
With a deep care for wild places and sensitive species, Nadine is eager to work with local organizations, businesses, governments, and First Nations to help connect and protect the Columbia Mountains so both nature and our rural communities can thrive. Nadine is an avid mountain biker, split boarder, rock climber, mushroom hunter, and dog walker.
EMAIL: nadine (at) y2y (dot) net
Hannah is delighted to be supporting Y2Y as a Conservation Associate. She recently received her MSc in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her project work focused on reviewing monitoring and evaluation practices within Y2Y. Hannah is excited to be applying her diverse skill set to Y2Y’s amazing team and conservation effort.
Originally from the Rocky Mountain West, Hannah grew up exploring the mountains and rivers around Yellowstone National Park and has a life-long passion for contributing to the success of conservation efforts. Her professional background includes many years experience in the environmental non-profit sector ranging from fundraising to operational roles. She has worked with citizen science groups, land-based conservation efforts, large carnivore coexistence efforts around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and has enjoyed field-work positions focused on sage-grouse in Wyoming, and carnivores in Zambia.
Hannah enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking and canoeing with her partner Sam and loving labradoodle Oscar.
EMAIL: hannah (at) y2y (dot) net
Patty Richards joins the Y2Y team after rewarding careers in not-for-profit and industry arenas focused on communications, community relations and social performance. She is tickled green to be able to bring her skills around pragmatic, informed, collaborative and sustainable project management and communication to Y2Y while being able to learn from those focused on science and conservation.
Patty has a Master’s degree in Communications (focus on social marketing) and an undergraduate degree in Art History. She is a volunteer member of the Grant Advisory Committee for Environment for the Calgary Foundation.
Her informal education and free time has been based around the Rocky Mountains — whether in taking range and riparian management courses, facilitating multi-stakeholder working groups focused on sustainable development in the Eastern Slopes or in hiking and skiing in parks across the Yellowstone-to-Yukon region.
EMAIL: patty (at) y2y (dot) net
Alissa is excited to be joining the Y2Y team as the Assistant to the Chair of the IUCN WCPA Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force. She is a recent graduate of Trent University’s International Development and Environmental Studies program and is passionate about conservation, climate change, and environmental education.
Alissa has been involved in the environmental sphere for most of her life, being most recently involved as a member of the 2020 Canadian Climate Action Cohort, a volunteer with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley and the Bow Valley Climate Action group, and a facilitator with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
In her free time, she loves hiking and birding in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
EMAIL: Alissa (at) y2y (dot) net
Connie joins the Y2Y team with deep connection to Alberta’s East Slopes and a strong commitment to conserve biodiversity and headwaters river systems.
For over 25 years, she has been involved in watershed stewardship, environmental education, and conservation initiatives from the Athabasca watershed in the north to the Oldman headwaters in the south.Her focus on conservation includes working with youth environmental and outdoor education programs; creek restoration and watershed education; indigenous-led Keepers of the Athabasca; the Athabasca Watershed Council; and the Oldman Watershed Council’s Headwaters Action Plan.
Connie has a PhD from the Dept. of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, with a Humanities focus in environmental philosophy and conservation history. She is delighted to be part of the Y2Y team and put her experience to work improving headwaters conservation outcomes for Alberta’s East Slopes.
EMAIL: connie (at) y2y (dot) net
Marlis grew up in Switzerland and worked for the first years of her professional life in the hospitality industry in various resorts in the Swiss Alps.
After a summer season in Jasper, AB, she decided to pursue her career in Canada. Marlis also spent several years in Asia before the call of the mountains brought her back to the Canadian Rockies.
Marlis has been working in various roles in Y2Y’s administration department for over 14 years.
In her free time, Marlis enjoys hiking, camping, back country skiing and reading.
EMAIL: marlis (at) y2y (dot) net
Megan is a conservation science intern at Y2Y working with Dr. Karine Pigeon, in collaboration with the BRITE program (University of British Columbia). Concurrently, she is starting her PhD at the University of Wyoming, where her work focuses on how species coexistence shifts in the context of climate change.
Recently she completed her MSc thesis on the contribution of transient species on community dynamics. Her overarching research goal is to build on theoretical frameworks to better predict how community processes, such as dispersal and competitive interactions, will change as species increasingly become mismatched to their environment.
EMAIL: megan (at) y2y (dot) net
Lynn joins the Y2Y team with a strong passion for fostering culture, community, environmental awareness, and authentic storytelling through film and the digital arts. Lynn studied Media, Information and Technoculture at Western University and has lived in the Kootenays for seven years. She has continued to fuel her creative passions by taking the Digital Arts and New Media program at Selkirk College, working as part of the communications and media teams for local music festivals, the Kootenay Co-op, and as a freelance videographer and graphic designer. Lynn is now also working on supporting locally-produced content at The Civic Theatre. Her short documentary on Asian youth and their experiences living in Nelson recently screened at the Capitol Theatre, fueling conversations about cultural diversity.
She has also become involved in the community through her volunteer work for the West Kootenay EcoSociety and Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society. In her spare time, she loves to get outdoors and explore the mountains by hiking, biking, kayaking or jumping on her snowboard. She is excited to apply her media background to inspire others towards Y2Y’s mission and create awareness surrounding sustainable practices, so humans can live harmoniously and symbiotically with wildlife.
EMAIL: lynn (at) y2y (dot) net
Growing up in rural Alberta, Talia’s passion for nature led her to take as many opportunities as possible to increase knowledge about, and protection for, natural places and wildlife. From volunteering with Tasmanian devil research in Australia, monitoring cheetahs in South Africa, learning about human-elephant conflicts in Gabon, collecting bighorn sheep and ground squirrel data in the Canadian Rockies, and rehabilitating wildlife in British Columbia, she is always looking for ways to make a positive impact on nature and our relationship with it.
With a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management and a strong interest in using mapping as a conservation tool, Talia brings a broad range of experience and enthusiasm to Y2Y as a conservation science intern.
EMAIL: talia (at) y2y (dot) net
Dr. Hilary Young is thrilled to be working with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative in a capacity that blends her passion for the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her background in ecology and conservation biology.
As Senior Alberta Program Manager for Y2Y, Hilary leads Y2Y’s Alberta program. She and her team work with communities, stakeholders, industries, governments, and conservation groups to ensure that key lands are protected and connected along the western margin of the province.
Hilary and her family spend much of their free time hiking, cycling, skiing and breathing deeply in the mountains.
EMAIL: hilary (at) y2y (dot) net
Kelly comes to Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative with a love of the outdoors and interest in science communications. Her role combines her academic experience in biological sciences with professional experience in data management, social media and journalism.
She is passionate about science and wildlife conservation around the world and is thrilled at the opportunity to become an advocate for the Y2Y region, inspiring and engaging others to get involved. Her preferred way to connect with nature is to snowshoe and hunt.
EMAIL: kelly (at) y2y (dot) net
Gwen has been working on environmental protection and management for more than 17 years.
She grew up in the Y2Y region near Nelson, British Columbia, and comes from a legacy of environmental conservation advocacy. Gwen’s passion for water and the preservation of headwater environments led her to complete a Master of Science in Renewable Resources from the University of Alberta, with a focus on forest hydrology.
She then spent a decade working for Indigenous peoples in Canada and the US. This, and her heritage as a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation of Alberta, has created a passion for ensuring that indigenous peoples are able to influence the decisions on their land. Most of the natural resource related decisions facing First Nations are related to the ability to maintain a land base necessary for the sustainability of their cultural lifeways and relationships with the land. With the preservation of cultural lifeways of indigenous people, a vast amount of knowledge about the land base and its needs and methods can be preserved and applied to environmental management, including conservation areas.
Gwen’s approach to conservation is centered on the need to create the space necessary in order that Indigenous peoples maintain their cultural relationships to the land. The applicable land management knowledge can then be shared more broadly. The concepts of conservation biology, biodiversity, ecology, hydrology and climate science, etc., offer a complement to traditional indigenous knowledge. Utilizing both science and indigenous knowledge to protect and manage conservation areas will result in the best outcome for biodiversity conservation, cultural sustainability, and the ecological and societal resiliency needed for climate change adaptation.
After working with the Mescalero Apache, the Makah Tribe and the Okanagan Nation, Gwen began consulting for conservation and indigenous groups. She was the Chair of the Syilx Working Group which conducted, from the Okanagan perspective, the South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Reserve Feasibility Study. Gwen has also worked on codifying relationships between First Nations and other levels of government, including the development of a MOU with the Canadian Wildlife Service and a First Nation, based mainly on traditional ecological knowledge, Okanagan story principles, indigenous conservation priorities, and indigenous conflict resolution. Gwen has supported First Nations in strategic planning, governance strategies, title and rights protection strategies, policy analysis and creation, relationship building and fundraising.
Gwen lives near Nelson, B.C. with her husband and four kids, loves the peace and quiet and dark, and volunteers to restore Kokanee spawning to her backyard creek.
Wendy has been involved with Y2Y since its inception, and she has advanced the vision through many different capacities and roles, including Program Director, Interim President and Board Chair.
Currently acting as a Senior Advisor for Y2Y, Wendy has spent most of her career advocating for wilderness and wildlife. Her love of nature was nurtured during her childhood in Ontario, where all weekends and summer holidays were spent outside in neighborhood woods or at the family cottage near Algonquin Provincial Park.
Wendy cut her teeth on conservation issues as a volunteer with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) in Calgary, participating in successful public campaigns to oppose development in Banff National Park.
In 1991, then-Premier Ralph Klein appointed Wendy to a review panel that led to strengthening the province’s environmental protection legislation.
In 1996, she decided to make her career in conservation, going on to help protect southern Alberta’s Whaleback region, create Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, and secure provincial park protection for Kananaskis Country. She later helped to create a new Endangered Species Act for Ontario and was a key member of the project that launched the Canadian Boreal Initiative and led to Ontario’s commitment to protect 50 per cent of its northern boreal forest.
Educated in biology and environmental law, Wendy was the founding conservation director for CPAWS in Calgary, director of conservation science for Ontario Nature in Toronto, and was program director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative for several years. In 2012, she received both a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and Wilburforce Foundation’s Conservation Leadership Award for her efforts.
Wendy spends as much time as possible in the natural world — hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing. She lives in Gibsons, B.C.
Harvey is co-founder and Strategic Advisor to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. He served as President or Vice President of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for 17 years and is currently its Senior Advisor, Conservation. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and co-founded the Nature Needs Half movement.
A native of the Calgary-Banff area of Canada, Harvey is globally known for his work on wilderness, national parks and large landscape conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon and beyond. Named by Time Magazine as one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century, he was recently awarded the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award by the IUCN, a prestigious global award that recognizes his extensive conservation work.
Harvey has led work on major private lands conservation projects for connectivity, national park creation and management, climate change and nature conservation, and he was a member of the executive committee for the World Wilderness Congress (WILD9) held in Merida, Mexico, in 2009.
Conservation canines and cats
Get to know some of Y2Y’s furry friends.
Her name means “bee” in French. Abeille likes to explore new trails and watch squirrel TV while her favourite humans climb up and down rocks in the mountains. (photo credit: Marilyn Scriver)
Bella is a surprisingly strong, short statured, skunk-monkey of a mountain dog. She’s game for outdoor adventures on leash as long as her people are willing to carry her when the snow gets too deep or the scree too loose.
Birdie is 19 years young. She knows what she wants and doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Most days you can find her catching rays, glaring at kids, and stealing from unguarded water glasses.
Jazzie loves tasting the clear waters of the many creeks, rivers, and lakes of the Columbia Headwaters. She is an excellent office mate and always lets you know when someone is coming for a meeting.
Leo and Gemma hail from northwest Montana where they enjoy daily romps in the woods. Their favorite activities include camping and napping.
Lupin is wild at heart and loves spending her days in the mountains, no matter the season. After a good day out, she curls up into a doughnut, either on the couch or right in front of the woodstove.
Mickey is a Peace River dog who loves birds, cuddles, and large landscapes!
Millie is a rescue dog living the good life in Helena, Montana. She is the life of the party. In her spare time she loves long road trips, camping, floating rivers, walks, and “her” sofa.
Millie enjoys floating down the Salmon River and rolling in the grass and snow. She lives in Canmore and is a well-known office lunch snatcher.
Oscar enjoys running fast through fields, monitoring squirrel and rabbit habitat, picking up burrs, and taking long naps on the couch.
Originally from Mexico, Rhoda left the tropical weather behind for an enthusiastic love of snow and outdoor adventures with her rescue-humans. Her favorite pastime is getting attention from anyone who notices her.
T’Challa and T’Chaka are loving brothers except when they’re clutched in a mutual headlock. They like watching flickers and squirrels, and having their cheeks rubbed.