WWF-Canada announced that Lloyd Bryant has been named the new chair of its Board of Directors. Bryant is the retired president and CEO of HP Canada. He has served on WWF-Canada’s board since 2014.

“I’m excited to step into this new role on the WWF-Canada Board of Directors as we embark on an ambitious strategic plan to secure greater numbers of stable and increasing wildlife populations,” said Lloyd Bryant, chair of WWF-Canada’s Board. “We know that creating change in conservation doesn’t happen overnight but with a ten-year plan that includes habitat protection and recovery, building nature-based solutions for climate change, reducing industrial stressors, and engaging Canadians in actions to support wildlife, we are bringing the sustained commitments and efforts that are needed for wildlife to recover.”

Julie Gelfand also joins WWF-Canada as a Director, bringing over 35 years of experience in the field of environment, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility for government, NGOs, and the private sector. She was the federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development from 2014 to 2019. Currently, Gelfand is a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

“We’re thrilled to announce our new Board Chair Lloyd Bryant and Director Julie Gelfand, individuals who are widely renowned for their expertise in sustainability and environmental issues,” said Megan Leslie, president and CEO of WWF-Canada. “Lloyd has been a champion of WWF for years: from challenging corporate leaders to embrace employee engagement and sustainability through our Living Planet @ Work program, to helping create a community of support for conservation through our Friends of WWF-Canada Council […] I look forward to working with him in this new role.”

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The following changes to the Board have also taken place:

  • David Martin (chair of the Board) and Marilyn De Mara (chair of the Audit, Finance, and Investment Committee) have both retired after joining the Board in 2015 and 2013, respectively.
  • Linda Sampson, chief financial officer at Microsoft Canada, is now chair of the Audit Committee.
  • John Fitzpatrick, partner at BoyneClark LLP, is chair of the Governance Committee.
  • Eliane Ubalijoro, founder and executive director of CLEAR and professor of Practice at McGill University, and Ziya Tong, author of The Reality Bubble and award-winning science broadcaster, are patrons of the Board.

“Our Board members play a critical role in guiding our work and our impact,” said Leslie. “I would also like to thank David Martin and Marilyn De Mara for their years of support and guidance, particularly in developing our new ten-year strategic plan. With the help of our past and new Board members, we look forward to continuing to tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.”

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