World Wildlife Fund president coming to Prince George

 

Megan Leslie
Megan Leslie

Wildlife loss in Canada is one of the topics of a free, public keynote address from World Wildlife Fund-Canada (WWF-Canada) president and chief executive officer Megan Leslie in Prince George on Thursday.

The title of Leslie’s keynote is: Cumulative Impacts to Wildlife and Habitat Conservation in an Era of Environmental Change. It will take place at the opening of the 2018 Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium Forum at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Leslie will provide insight into emerging directions in wildlife and habitat conservation being led by WWF-Canada, the largest international conservation organization in the country.

Drawing from her diverse experience working on issues related to environment and health from both inside and outside government, Leslie will reflect on the intersections between conservation and cumulative impacts management, and the important role of integration in understanding and addressing these complex challenges.

Leslie’s keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Canfor Theatre. It will also be available online at unbc.ca/livestream.

Leslie joined the WWF-Canada in 2016 and was began her tenure as President and CEO this past December.

Prior to working with the WWF-Canada, Leslie was a Member of Parliament, representing Halifax for the New Democratic Party for eight years, during which she was deputy leader of the official Opposition, environment critic, health critic and vice-chair of the government committee on environment and sustainable development.

Leslie was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ont. She received a Bachelor of Arts from York University and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. Prior to entering politics, Leslie was a community legal worker in Halifax.

WWF-Canada produced a national report on wildlife loss in 2017, titled Living Planet Report Canada. It showed that 50 per cent of monitors species are in decline, and those species populations have declined 83 per cent on average since 1970. The full report is available at: wwf.ca/livingplanet

The CIRC Forum takes place the following day (Jan. 19) at UNBC’s Prince George Campus. There will be sessions on topics ranging cumulative effects assessment frameworks, climate change, Indigenous land use planning, watershed governance, cumulative impacts and health and wellbeing, and wildfire preparedness. Pre-event registration is required for the forum.

The forum is hosted by CIRC, with support from the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) Network and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

CIRC is a research and outreach initiative at UNBC. It is collaboratively led by the Health Research Institute, the Community Development Institute and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute.

For more information please visit: www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts