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.
WHC’s first Board of Directors in 1984
Abundant and diverse wildlife populations and habitats in Canada.
Conserve wildlife habitat in Canada through wise conservation investments.
- Leverage funding available for Canadian wildlife habitat conservation.
- 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 (for wildlife habitat).
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.
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.
Acting Program Director
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Jessica joined the WHC team in 2019. She has a passion for nature and a spirit for collaboration; believing that incredible things are achievable with the right amount of bravery, sound judgement and communication. Jessica holds a BA in Sociology from Queen’s University and extensive executive and grant 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Acting Project Manager, LTCF
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Sonia joined the WHC Team as a Program Assistant in 2020. She is passionate about wildlife and the protection of their ecosystems.
Sonia has worked as an event manager and executive assistant for national and provincial not-for profit organizations, and has spent the last 6 years working on educational programs as a program coordinator.
Grant Administrator - Stamp and CCAP Program
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Kylie joined WHC in 2020 as a co-op student through Carleton University in Ottawa. She is committed to the conservation of important ecosystems in Canada and is passionate about the health of wildlife habitat. After graduating in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Kylie took on the position of Administrative Assistant to the Habitat Conservation Stamp Initiative Grant.
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.