In 1984 a group of like-minded conservationists came together, representing provincial wildlife agencies, grass roots conservation organizations and Environment Canada.
This joint task force had one goal in mind: to come up with a program that could protect, restore and enhance vital wildlife and their habitats across the country. The founding Board of Directors established what is now Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization with a powerful message:
“We envision a future where Canadians share a conservation ethic that recognizes the fundamental importance of wildlife habitats that are abundant, rich and support biodiversity.”
Our primary goal is to find effective solutions to address problems facing wildlife habitat.
Through an established agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada, we administer a conservation grant program by providing funds for on-the-ground habitat conservation projects and report on their impact and influence.
We also participate in numerous committees and councils at a national and international level. We advocate for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats to ensure that they remain a vital part of conservation efforts in Canada.
Our activities and decisions are guided by four objectives:
Provide a funding mechanism for wildlife habitat conservation programs in Canada;
Conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat in order to retain the diversity, distribution and abundance of wildlife;
Foster coordination and leadership in the conservation community across Canada; and,
Promote the conservation contributions of waterfowl hunters and encourage waterfowl hunting participation.
WHC’s first Board of Directors in 1984
History of the Stamp
In 1985, world-renowned Canadian Wildlife Artist, Robert Bateman, painted a pair of Mallards standing near a pond. As a special tribute to conservation efforts across Canada, this image was the beginning of a new tradition in Canada. Similar to the US Federal Duck Stamp, The Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp (CWHC) became a means to raise funds for conservation and draw attention to the importance of wildlife and their habitats.
The Stamp was integrated into the licencing process for Migratory Game Bird Hunters (MGBH) and is required to validate the permit. As part of a special agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada, all funds from the sale of the Stamp are directed to WHC to fund our conservation grant program.
Today, the Stamp is a symbol of conservation, Canadian art and waterfowl hunters’ contribution to the protection of wildlife and their habitats. The image on the Stamp is selected every year through an art competition. The first art competition was held for the 1990 Stamp image. Prior to that, pieces were commissioned from Canadian wildlife artists such as Robert Bateman, J. Fenwick Lansdowne, George McLean and Jean-Luc Grondin. All winning paintings are unique Canadian pieces, selected based on accuracy and originality. Framed prints of each image can also be purchased as part of the program.
WHC has displayed artwork from over 20 different artists and over 30 different pieces of original artwork, raising over $55 million for WHC’s Conservation Grant Program, which has resulted in more than 1,500 projects being funded.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of individuals, including two (2) Environment and Climate Change Canada electees, and (2) representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Wildlife Directors.
There are three subcommittees within our Board:
- Finance & Audit Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Executive Committee
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Cam joined Wildlife Habitat Canada as its Executive Director in 2014. He has worked in fish and wildlife conservation for four decades, including as Director of Fish and Wildlife, Great Lakes, Natural Resources Science and Information, and Applied Research and Development Branches in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Nationally, Cam represented Ontario on the Canadian Wildlife Directors Committee and was provincial Co-Chair of the Canada-Ontario Fisheries Advisory Board. Internationally, he served for 10 years as the Canadian Director on the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
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Julia became WHC’s Grant Administrator in 2011, a role which has since grown to encompass the management of all of WHC’s programs. Julia holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Management and Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with High Distinction. Before joining the WHC team, Julia worked in the private sector in contract management and administration.
Director of Finance and Administration
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Pierre joined the WHC team as the Director of Finance and Administration in 2012. Previously, Pierre worked in management and finance within the private sector for over 35 years.
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
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Andrew has been a Professional chef for over 12 years and has a passion for cooking wild caught fish and game. He shares his passion as the Food editor of Ontario Out of Doors magazine and Pro staff at Cabela’s Canada, where he puts on cooking & processing demonstrations showing people how to prepare their wild harvests. Andrew is also an avid photographer and videographer and enjoys capturing moments of hunters in their element, or wildlife in their natural habitat.”
Grant Administrator - Land Trusts Conservation Fund (LTCF)
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Jessica comes to the WHC team with a passion for nature and a spirit for collaboration; believing that incredible things are achievable with the right amount of bravery, brains and communication. Jessica holds a BA in Sociology from Queen’s University and over 10 years of extensive executive administration experience across private, government and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining WHC, Jessica spent 5yrs with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority working in Integrated Watershed Management.
Grant Administrator - Habitat Conservation Stamp Program
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Amanda joins the WHC Team eager to make a difference in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation with her passion for innovation and her experience in administering grant programs. Prior to joining WHC, Amanda spent many years as a Grant Administrator within the partnership between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph and brings over 15 years of program administration, financial management, event management, and program execution experience in the post-secondary, provincial, non-profit, and private sectors.
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Shams joins WHC with a diverse professional background in both HR/Sales and Managerial positions. Shams is driven to inspire and help develop anyone she meets. She has a strong belief that all change is possible if we start with one person at a time.
Finance and Administrative Coordinator
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Heather is passionate about all animals and the health of Canada’s ecosystems. Her background is in finance, and she joins the WHC team after working in the high-tech industry.
Assistance with social media campaign and events
Assistance with French translation
Our reports tell the story of what we do and why it’s important. Wildlife Habitat Canada is a unique environmental organization in that we create an intersection for Canadian Wildlife Art, Waterfowl hunting and important conservation issues.
Since 1985 we have been a catalyst for conservation by advocating and providing funds for habitat restoration, conservation networking and research on all matters related to waterfowl and wetlands.