Kevin Harris has been elected at Ducks Unlimited Canada’s 44th president. He assumed the role of president, DUC’s top volunteer position, at the organization’s national board of directors meeting on June 16, 2019.
As president, Harris will lead DUC’s efforts to address key conservation issues facing the country. The wetlands DUC works to protect are among the most valuable ecosystems on the planet. In addition to providing essential habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, wetlands naturally filter water, keeping lakes and rivers clean. They store carbon, which helps mitigate the effects of climate change. Wetlands are also a key natural defense against floods, droughts and sea level rise.
“I feel most at home when I’m out in the woods, in wetlands, and surrounded by nature,” said Harris. “So, it’s an honour to serve as Ducks Unlimited Canada’s president. Conservation is more important than ever in today’s world, and I look forward to working with staff and volunteers to help safeguard the future of our land, water and wildlife.”
Harris is well-equipped to take on this important post. In addition to his work with DUC, Harris belonged to the Miramichi Salmon Association, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and served on the board of the Hammond River Angling Association. He is also a former chair of the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust and a former chair of Wildlife Habitat Canada’s national board.
“Kevin brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the presidential role,” said Karla Guyn, chief executive officer of DUC. “But most of all, he brings tremendous passion. His keen interest in conservation coupled with his belief in our mission is what will inspire more people to join us and to support conservation in their communities.”
Professionally, Harris spent more than 20 years working at Irving Oil Limited and currently operates several businesses related to real estate, construction, property management, and food services in Atlantic Canada. He and his wife Marilyn and their family reside in Rothesay, N.B.
Along with the election of Kevin Harris as president, the following individuals were named as DUC officers of the board:
- David Blom (Calgary, Alberta) – chairman
- Roger d’Eschambault (St-Lambert, Quebec) – vice-president
- Patrick O’Connor (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – treasurer
- Shawn Graham (Fredericton, New Brunswick) – secretary
- Karla Guyn (Stonewall, Manitoba), chief executive officer