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Y2Y Announces Canadian Program Directors

Y2Y appoints Stephen Legault and Candace Batycki to lead the organization’s conservation efforts from the U.S.-Canada border all the way to the northern Yukon.

November 10, 2015

Canmore, AB – Shortly after announcing its new President and Chief Scientist, Dr. Jodi Hilty, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has appointed two senior Canadian Program Directors to lead the organization’s conservation efforts north of the U.S.-Canada border.

Stephen Legault will oversee Y2Y’s conservation projects on the east side of the Continental Divide, with a focus on Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and initiatives in the trans-border Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

Candace Batycki will lead the organization’s efforts on the west side of Canada’s Rockies, overseeing campaigns in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

“Stephen and Candace bring 50 years of combined experience to these important roles,” says Hilty. “They both have proven track records for leading large-scale conservation projects and creating positive change on the ground. We are truly excited to welcome them to the team.”

Since 2011, Stephen Legault has coordinated efforts to protect the internationally significant Crown of the Continent, a 27,000-square-mile (70,000-square-kilometre) ecosystem that encompasses Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. 

Over the past 25 years, Candace Batycki has contributed to a range of successful conservation campaigns throughout the Pacific Northwest—from local, grassroots efforts to national and international initiatives that have had lasting positive effects on conservation throughout North America.

“These mountains are my home,” says Batycki. “It is a privilege to work alongside colleagues old and new for the long-term conservation of these mountain ecosystems, from the Flathead River Valley in southeastern B.C., to the vast wild lands of the Yukon.”

“Y2Y offers a truly inspiring conservation vision for the rest of the world,” says Legault. “I am humbled by the opportunity to work with an amazing trans-border team to implement this vision in the Crown of the Continent, in Alberta and in Canada’s magnificent north.”

The Y2Y Program Directors will officially start December 1, with Batycki working from her home base in Nelson, B.C., and Legault working out of the main office in Canmore, AB.


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Fraser Los, Y2Y Communications Manager:
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