Message from the President & Chair
How far we’ve come
Canada is unique in the world. Our natural estate is still largely intact. We have the opportunity, perhaps more than any other country on the planet, to make conservation count.
Over the past 55 years, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped conserve 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares). That’s about 350 National Hockey League hockey rinks a day, every day, since 1962.
There’s no doubt that these are impressive achievements. But sometimes you don’t see just how far you’ve come when you’re in the thick of things. Annual reports offer a wonderful opportunity to do just that — to take the measure of our impact.
A 10-year success story
This year, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of our partnership with the Government of Canada under the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP). This unique public-private partnership has achieved results we could not even have contemplated when the program launched.
The NACP continues to draw partners together to accelerate private land conservation in Canada. The program has helped us to refine our conservation planning process. We have new tools in place to allow science to drive conservation priorities and to ensure more effective outcomes. To date, the NACP has supported the conservation of more than 1 million acres (430,000 hectares); habitat for about a third of Canada’s species at risk.
This past year was also a year of building our capacity.
We established a new engagement department to help us connect more Canadians than ever before to nature, through NCC-conserved lands. We worked to lay the groundwork for the launch of our new Nature Destinations initiative in July 2017, which will enhance Canadians’ experience in the field and online. Our Conservation Volunteers program and our dynamic event series continued to increase our touchpoints with Canadians.
We also began to make strategic investments in our fundraising team, with an eye to expanding our reach and appeal. Our goal for the next few years is audacious: we will lead the largest investment ever in private land conservation in this country. We believe we have the foundations in place now to guide us into the next decade and to make conservation count!
What legacy will we leave?
We recognize that we cannot celebrate any achievement alone. We are grateful to our donors, partners and supporters for all they’ve done to bolster our work in the past years, and we look forward to working together as we embark on our new challenges.
What country do we want our grandchildren to inherit? They will remember us for the actions we choose to take today — which will ensure their natural heritage. Let our actions be our legacy — our landmark.
With sincere thanks for your support,
President & CEO
Chair, Board of Directors