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HEROES<br />


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Table of Contents<br />

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Mission and Values<br />

Letter from NCC’s Chair and President<br />

Snapshot of Success<br />

A Strong Partnership for Nature<br />

Land: Urban Development Goes Green<br />

Water: Keeping it in the Family<br />

Wildlife: Leave it to the Birds<br />

People: Home is Where the Heart Is<br />

The Youth are Nature’s Future<br />

Leaving a Legacy<br />

A Landmark Year<br />

Looking Ahead<br />

Management Review of Financials<br />

Summarized Financials<br />

Board of Directors<br />

Recognition List<br />

Thank You

Vision<br />

We envision a world in which Canadians conserve<br />

nature in all its diversity and safeguard the lands<br />

and waters that sustain life.<br />

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Mission<br />

The Nature Conservancy of Canada leads and inspires<br />

others to join us in creating a legacy for future<br />

generations by conserving important natural areas<br />

and biological diversity across all regions of Canada.<br />

Values<br />

Wherever we work across Canada, we share and apply<br />

the following values:<br />

Durable conservation outcomes<br />

While respecting nature’s processes, we manage lands and waters for their<br />

natural values today and for the long term. We believe future generations<br />

deserve to inherit a biologically rich world.<br />

Evidence-based decision-making<br />

We are guided by the best available conservation science. We are committed<br />

to continuous learning, and to finding practical, res<strong>our</strong>ceful and innovative<br />

solutions to conservation challenges.<br />

Respect for nature and people<br />

We respect the needs, values and culture of local communities. We seek<br />

conservation solutions that meet the needs of nature and people. <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

supports prosperous and sustainable communities.<br />

Integrity first<br />

We work to the highest ethical and professional standards. We are transparent<br />

and accountable to <strong>our</strong> donors and partners. We earn trust by living up to<br />

<strong>our</strong> commitments.<br />

The conservation of Next Creek, in British Columbia, completed<br />

the Darkwoods conservation project this past year.<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> through collaboration and cooperation<br />

Our commitment to community, donors, partners, volunteers and staff<br />

makes us strong. We strive to be open to the ideas of others so that together<br />

we can achieve conservation outcomes that benefit all. We work in the<br />

spirit of collaboration. We celebrate each other’s successes.

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Dear friends,<br />

Top: Bruce MacLellan<br />

Bottom: John Lounds<br />

One of the great joys in <strong>our</strong> work at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is<br />

the opportunity to meet Canadians of all ages and to speak with them about <strong>our</strong><br />

shared enthusiasm for <strong>our</strong> country’s natural landscapes. We often trade stories<br />

about <strong>our</strong> fav<strong>our</strong>ite places or encounters with nature. And we are always amazed<br />

by just how many people are passionate about making sure these places, and the<br />

plants and animals they support, are protected for the future.<br />

That passion is a powerful force. In fact, we know that it’s only because of<br />

you, and people like you who support <strong>our</strong> mission — donors, volunteers, partners,<br />

communities and governments at all levels — that we have helped to conserve<br />

14 million hectares (35 million acres) across the country since 1962.<br />

If you’ve been a supporter of NCC for some time, you may note this number<br />

represents a significant boost in <strong>our</strong> tally of total lands conserved. But we didn’t<br />

get there overnight. Every number of years, NCC takes stock of <strong>our</strong> achievements<br />

to measure <strong>our</strong> conservation impact. This time we more fully accounted for the<br />

lands we have directly acquired, conserved and currently steward, as well as the<br />

broader impact of <strong>our</strong> work through partnership.<br />

Y<strong>our</strong> support has meant that the past several years have seen an unprecedented<br />

increase in the pace of <strong>our</strong> work, particularly in large landscape projects that<br />

are helping to create new protected areas in Canada’s North and oceans.<br />

Y<strong>our</strong> support inspires <strong>our</strong> staff, who are committed to working to fulfill y<strong>our</strong><br />

vision for a natural Canada. When we work together to conserve Canada’s natural<br />

places, the impacts are far-reaching and include:<br />

• protecting Canadian species that are threatened globally;<br />

• protecting and restoring streams, lakes and watersheds; and<br />

• helping people and nature adapt to climate change.<br />

This year alone, y<strong>our</strong> support helped to conserve 224,073 hectares<br />

(553,696 acres) on 55 properties right across the country. None of it would be<br />

possible without you — <strong>our</strong> conservation heroes.<br />

In this annual report, you’ll meet just a few of the many conservation heroes<br />

who, like you, have helped us accomplish so much in the last year, through either<br />

a gift of land or a donation to <strong>our</strong> Landmark Campaign. You drive us to do more,<br />

better, and faster, to ensure a lasting legacy for generations to come.<br />

Thank you for all you do to build Canada’s natural legacy.<br />

Y<strong>our</strong>s in nature,<br />

John Lounds<br />

Bruce MacLellan<br />

Chair of the Board of Directors<br />

John Lounds<br />

President & CEO



The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s<br />

on-the-ground work is led by a team of<br />

conservation professionals who work to<br />

identify, plan and execute the protection<br />

of the best of Canada’s natural spaces<br />

and manage and restore them for the<br />

long term. This process ensures that <strong>our</strong><br />

conservation actions (like buying land,<br />

removing invasive weeds or mapping<br />

the location of rare species) are efficient<br />

and effective.<br />

The following is a snapshot of <strong>our</strong><br />

success and impact in the past year.<br />

And in the pages that follow, you’ll<br />

read stories of <strong>our</strong> conservation breakthroughs<br />

on the land and water, as well<br />

as with species at risk. You will also<br />

learn about some of the conservation<br />

heroes who helped make it possible.<br />

1. <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

OUR CONSERVATION HEROES helped us secure 55 properties this year. This was fewer<br />

than planned, but a number of the projects themselves, such as Next Creek in BC, were<br />

larger than we anticipated. As a result, we surpassed <strong>our</strong> goal for land secured, conserving<br />

224,073 hectares (553,696 acres).<br />

We now maintain habitat for 34 per cent of Canada’s species at risk, thanks to the support<br />

of <strong>our</strong> donors and partners (see p.19).<br />

Areas conserved in 2018–2019<br />

Province/<br />

territory<br />

# of<br />

properties<br />

Hectares<br />

secured<br />

Acres<br />

secured<br />

Land<br />

value ($)*<br />

British Columbia 2 217,548 537,573 18,000,001<br />

Alberta 5 1,503 3,713 6,556,000<br />

Saskatchewan 3 1,670 4,128 866,000<br />

Manitoba 4 176 436 326,000<br />

Ontario 18 1,388 3,429 6,279,500<br />

Quebec 10 1,052 2,598 2,730,978<br />

New Brunswick 3 211 521 442,500<br />

Prince Edward Island 2 127 313 243,500<br />

209,666 HA<br />

The size of NCC’s<br />

Glass Sponge Reef project,<br />

completed in 2018-19, off the<br />

coast of British Columbia.<br />

Nova Scotia 6 300 741 3,326,040<br />

Newfoundland<br />

and Labrador<br />

Northwest<br />

Territories<br />

1 98 243 2,205,000<br />

1 1 2 430,000<br />

Grand Total 55 224,073 553,696 41,405,519<br />

*Land value is the fair market value as determined by independent appraisal.

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5. Investment<br />

THE LANDMARK CAMPAIGN was introduced to the public at a media event in<br />

Toronto in September 2018. NCC staff, partners and supporters joined a number<br />

of distinguished Canadians – including Olympic rower Adam van Koeverden and<br />

television personality Cheryl Hickey – to announce <strong>our</strong> largest ever campaign to<br />

raise funds for conservation (see p. 27).<br />

We inspired more Canadians to support <strong>our</strong> cause, including 134 new Nature Legacy<br />

Society members who planned a gift to NCC in their Wills or estate plans (see p. 26).<br />

NCC had over 36,000 donors from the private sector this past fiscal year (individuals,<br />

foundations, corporations and organizations).<br />

We continued to be prudent with <strong>our</strong> gifts (78 per cent of <strong>our</strong> revenue is invested<br />

in land, programs and endowments on a five-year average), while making strategic<br />

investments to grow <strong>our</strong> fundraising capacity and technology (see p. 29).<br />

2. Science<br />

DR. RYAN NORRIS was appointed as the<br />

Weston Family senior scientist in spring 2019.<br />

He will advance original research and develop<br />

and lead the new Weston Family <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

Science Fellows Program, which will support<br />

conservation leaders of the future. The program<br />

will offer hands-on opportunities to graduate<br />

students who are studying species at risk,<br />

invasive species or effective conservation.<br />

3. Engagement<br />

CLOSE TO 3,230 VOLUNTEERS joined<br />

us at 234 <strong>Conservation</strong> Volunteers events<br />

from coast to coast. We also held seven<br />

NatureTalks events in Vancouver, Calgary,<br />

Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and<br />

Halifax, as well as 10 regional NatureTalks.<br />

4. Partnerships<br />

AFTER MORE THAN a decade of significant<br />

conservation accomplishments, <strong>our</strong> partnership<br />

with the Government of Canada was<br />

renewed in spring 2019 as the Natural Heritage<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> Program (see p.7).<br />

NCC introduced the Indigenous Engagement<br />

Framework, after significant consideration<br />

and consultation. The framework will guide<br />

<strong>our</strong> work with Indigenous communities<br />

and individuals.


Working together with the Government of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada and local land trusts<br />

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This fiscal year we closed the book on the Natural<br />

Areas <strong>Conservation</strong> Program (NACP). For 12 years<br />

the unique public-private partnership was a model<br />

of environmental leadership.<br />

The Government of Canada‘s NACP investment of<br />

$345 million was matched 2:1 in non–federal funds, for a total<br />

conservation outcome of over $1 billion. The NACP allowed<br />

the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners,<br />

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and local land trusts, to<br />

conserve more than 550,000 hectares (1.3 million acres) across<br />

the country – an area almost as big as Banff National Park.<br />

Though NACP funds expired in spring 2019, the program’s<br />

momentum will not be lost. When the federal government<br />

sought proposals for a new $100-million conservation<br />

initiative, NCC and partners applied and were successful. We<br />

will oversee the new Natural Heritage <strong>Conservation</strong> Program<br />

(NHCP), working closely with partners DUC, the Canadian<br />

Land Trust Working Group and Wildlife Habitat Canada.<br />

We look forward to an exciting f<strong>our</strong>-year program,<br />

through which we will conserve and care for an additional<br />

200,000 hectares (more than 490,000 acres), contributing<br />

directly to Canada’s commitment to conserve at least<br />

17 per cent of <strong>our</strong> terrestrial and freshwater habitat.<br />

NACP program achievements since 2007<br />

The NHCP places a focus on protecting habitat for the<br />

recovery of species listed under the Species at Risk Act.<br />

The new program will also advance collaboration for<br />

conservation. It will support partnerships with Indigenous<br />

communities for conservation planning, stewardship and<br />

securement. It will also help to develop capacity within<br />

Canada’s land trust movement.<br />

As with the NACP, the match requirement is again 2:1. The<br />

NHCP partners are ready to work with Canadians to raise<br />

and invest an additional $200 million of non-federal funding<br />

to ensure the program’s success.<br />

• SUPPORTED THE CONSERVATION of more than 550,000<br />

hectares (1.3 million acres);<br />

• PROTECTED HABITAT FOR 29 per cent of COSEWIC-assessed<br />

species at risk*;<br />

• PROTECTED NATURAL AREAS within 100 kilometres of<br />

93 per cent of Canadians;<br />

• CREATED NATURAL CONNECTIONS: 80 per cent of<br />

NACP-conserved properties are within two kilometres of<br />

other protected areas; and<br />

• CONNECTED MORE CANADIANS than ever before with<br />

<strong>our</strong> country’s rich natural habitats and species.<br />

*Species at risk includes COSEWIC-assessed and SARA-listed (Schedule 1) taxa designated<br />

as endangered, threatened or special concern. COSEWIC - Committee on the Status of<br />

Endangered Wildlife in Canada. SARA - Species at Risk Act.<br />

Since 1962, working with <strong>our</strong> partners and supporters, we have<br />

helped conserve 14M hectares (35M acres), more than 20x the<br />

size of Banff National Park (6,641 square kilometres)

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Land<br />



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In a choice between nature and<br />

development, Allan Shaw chose<br />

to go green.<br />

Surprisingly<br />

Allan Shaw and the<br />

Shaw Group are helping<br />

connect Halifax<br />

residents with a new<br />

urban wilderness area.<br />

close to downtown Halifax, there is wild land.<br />

From a high point, surrounded by rocky barrens<br />

and the peace of the forest, the city’s tallest<br />

buildings are in view. The Nature Conservancy of<br />

Canada (NCC) has been working to conserve this<br />

natural oasis, soon to be called the Shaw Wilderness<br />

Park. The 154-hectare (380-acre) proposed<br />

park marries nature conservation with naturebased<br />

recreation. The project is happening thanks<br />

to the many citizens of Halifax who are passionate<br />

to explore, and ultimately protect, this land.<br />

Allan Shaw is one of them.<br />

Allan is the chairman of the Shaw Group<br />

Ltd., the company that owned this land.<br />

Together with NCC and the Halifax Regional<br />

Municipality, the project will conserve forest<br />

around Williams Lake and Colpitt Lake, within<br />

the Purcell’s Cove Backlands.<br />

“We originally bought the land here for<br />

development,” explains Allan. “We found out<br />

that the citizens of Halifax really wanted to<br />

see this area protected, then NCC came to see<br />

us. They asked if we would be willing to sell<br />

the land to them, and I said, ‘We’ll talk.’”

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NCC staff knew that in order to make<br />

it happen, they would have to show Allan<br />

and the Shaw Group Ltd. a different side<br />

of nature. After the initial meeting, Allan<br />

knew he had the opportunity to help create<br />

a place of solace for the public.<br />

“Craig Smith (NCC’s Nova Scotia program<br />

director) came in with a video showing <strong>our</strong><br />

land in a way we’d never seen it before. It<br />

blew us away. It reminded me of when I was<br />

12 or 13 years old and would walk over these<br />

lands. It reminded me why it was so important<br />

that they be protected.”<br />

From that moment on, it was an easy<br />

decision for Allan and the Shaw Group. They<br />

would sell the land to NCC to ensure it is<br />

protected for the long term. However, the<br />

price for land smack dab in the middle of one<br />

of Canada’s major cities doesn’t come cheap,<br />

and NCC needed help getting the funds<br />

together. Enter the city of Halifax.<br />

“The citizens have been heard loud and<br />

clear,” says Allan. “The city wanted to see<br />

this place as a green space.”<br />

“NCC showed us <strong>our</strong> land in a new light. It reminded<br />

me why it was so important it be protected”<br />

Clockwise from top: The proposed Shaw Wilderness<br />

Park, Sisters of Mercy, Joan Feather, Freshwater Bay<br />

Newfoundland, Hole in the Wall Saskatchewan<br />

So did the provincial government.<br />

Last fall, NCC announced its Keep Halifax<br />

Wild campaign to support the creation of<br />

the Shaw Wilderness Park in Halifax. As part<br />

of NCC’s fundraising campaign launch on<br />

September 20, 2018, the Province of Nova<br />

Scotia announced it would contribute $1 million<br />

toward the creation of the wilderness park.<br />

The future park will be twice the size of<br />

Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park. It will protect<br />

wildlife habitat and an ecologically significant<br />

native landscape called jack pine broom<br />

crowberry barren, while providing a wilderness<br />

experience in the city.<br />

In the meantime, Allan reminisces about<br />

his past on the land while remaining hopeful<br />

that it will eventually become a place for<br />

people to make their own memories.<br />

“Do you know what’s fabulous about nature<br />

and exploring the outdoors?,” he asks. “It’s<br />

peaceful, but not quiet. You can hear the wind,<br />

you can see the trees move in the breeze, you<br />

hear y<strong>our</strong> footsteps as you’re walking. But while<br />

you’re out here you can think and contemplate.<br />

You have the chance to be quiet.”

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Community-led conservation<br />

ON THE HIKING ROUTE to Cape Spear, one of Canada’s<br />

most iconic landmarks, you’ll find NCC’s newest nature<br />

reserve in Newfoundland and Labrador. The 98-hectare<br />

(243-acre) reserve protects forest and undeveloped coastline<br />

in Freshwater Bay, just minutes from St John’s. The<br />

Freshwater Bay conservation project was completed with<br />

the help of many donors new to NCC, including the Sisters<br />

of Mercy of Newfoundland.<br />

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“We are pleased to become part of the network of members<br />

of the St. John’s community, led by NCC, to conserve and<br />

steward this land,” says Sister Elizabeth Davis. “In so doing,<br />

we are becoming more accountable for doing what is right<br />

and good for the protection of the Earth. We extend deep<br />

gratitude to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for giving<br />

us the privilege of participating in this endeav<strong>our</strong>.”<br />

Freshwater Bay is a popular destination for nature<br />

lovers. The property is located along the East Coast Trail;<br />

a spectacular, internationally renowned, 300-kilometre<br />

hiking trail. The Freshwater Bay Nature Reserve is NCC’s<br />

eleventh on the island of Newfoundland. It provides<br />

an important land buffer for nearby seabird colonies of<br />

black-legged kittiwakes, black guillemots, herring gulls<br />

and great black-backed gulls.<br />


Joan Feather is a hero for grasslands in Saskatchewan.<br />

“Native grasslands in Saskatchewan are so important to<br />

me because they appeal to my head and to my heart,” she<br />

says. “I roamed the grassland hills as a child, left that all<br />

behind for many years, and returned only to discover that<br />

my heart and soul are intimately bound to these places.”<br />

Grasslands provide habitat for pollinators, control<br />

flooding and protect the quality and security of drinking<br />

water for people living in Canada’s Prairie provinces.<br />

The diversity of habitat that grasslands provide has not<br />

gone unnoticed by Joan, who recognizes that in order to<br />

provide a future for these species, we need to ensure<br />

grasslands are protected.<br />

“My head knows that they are rich in biodiversity and<br />

amazingly resilient. They provide vital ecological services,<br />

and they are an essential part of <strong>our</strong> rural economy and<br />

heritage,” she explains. “The Nature Conservancy of<br />

Canada provides an opportunity for me to put my money<br />

where my heart is, to help conserve these places where<br />

my heart sings.”<br />

Joan Feather is a shining example of thousands of NCC<br />

donors who support <strong>our</strong> work from coast to coast to coast.<br />

Total area saved in 2018-2019<br />

Forest<br />

10,944<br />

hectares<br />

(by habitat type)<br />

Grassland<br />

1,987<br />

hectares<br />

Marine<br />

209,724<br />


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Water<br />



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Bob Mickelson’s family could think of no<br />

better way to hon<strong>our</strong> his memory than by<br />

protecting an area important to him.<br />

If<br />

The Mickelson family’s partnership<br />

with NCC commemorates their<br />

presence in the Roblin area for<br />

more than a century.<br />

you ask Jim Mickelson<br />

about his late brother, Bob, he will tell you about<br />

Bob’s lifelong love for animals — specifically for<br />

his horses. Growing up on one farm, Bob was<br />

able to spend his childhood exploring the<br />

outdoors. In fact, all of the Mickelson family in<br />

the area would gather together to enjoy the<br />

Shell River Valley.<br />

“Looking back, I am so thankful for the<br />

opportunity we had as kids to be outside so<br />

much,” he reflects. “We would explore different<br />

parts of the valley and would have big family<br />

barbeques by the water.”<br />

Winters were spent cross-country skiing<br />

through the same valleys. In the summers,<br />

Bob, 15 years Jim’s senior and a former rodeo<br />

cowboy, would take to the valley on horseback.<br />

“He would spend many h<strong>our</strong>s riding horses<br />

through the area,” recalls Jim. “A lot of his<br />

fav<strong>our</strong>ite spots in nature were in the Shell<br />

River Valley.”

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Bob lived in Roblin and near the valley for<br />

his entire life, developing a deeply rooted<br />

passion for the area; so much so, that he ended<br />

up purchasing part of the lands here in 1980.<br />

When Bob died suddenly in his early 60s,<br />

his family could think of no way better to<br />

hon<strong>our</strong> his life — one surrounded by nature<br />

— than by ensuring the place he loved was<br />

protected for the long term.<br />

“The entire family got together after Bob’s<br />

death and decided unanimously that ensuring<br />

the perpetual conservation of this land through<br />

a partnership with the Nature Conservancy<br />

of Canada was the best way to commemorate<br />

him. The love he had for nature was the<br />

defining feature of his life, and this area is a<br />

microcosm of everything Bob loved about it.”<br />

This past summer, close to 40 members<br />

of the Mickelson family from five provinces<br />

gathered approximately 25 kilometres southeast<br />

of Roblin in the Riding Mountain area.<br />

Together, they unveiled what is now known<br />

as the Bob Mickelson <strong>Conservation</strong> Lands.<br />

“We wanted to celebrate Bob’s life as well as<br />

create a legacy that would commemorate <strong>our</strong><br />

family’s presence in the Roblin community for<br />

more than a century,” says Jim. “Bob was an<br />

“I hope my family’s donation of land will prompt others<br />

to think of maintaining the natural environment.”<br />

important part of <strong>our</strong> family, and the donation<br />

celebrates both the ties we have to each other<br />

as family and <strong>our</strong> relationship to the area.”<br />

Jim hopes that this partnership will inspire<br />

other landowners in Manitoba to ensure the<br />

future of landscapes, especially the province’s<br />

wetlands, by conserving them for the long term.<br />

“One of the things I hope come from my<br />

family’s partnership for conservation is that<br />

it will prompt others to think of the value of<br />

maintaining the wetlands and the natural<br />

environment that’s around them.”<br />

“My brother had a love for all animals,” Jim<br />

says, as he reflects fondly on Bob’s life. “We<br />

could think of no better way to hon<strong>our</strong> his<br />

memory than protecting an area important<br />

to him and the species that rely on it.”<br />

Bob Mickelson and his family are true<br />

conservation heroes.<br />

Clockwise: Wetland on the Bob Mickelson <strong>Conservation</strong> Lands,<br />

MacPhee family, Glass sponge reef, Kingsboro property, Bob Mickelson<br />

Wetlands & coast protected<br />

Wetlands<br />

218<br />

hectares<br />

Inland waters<br />

81<br />

hectares<br />

Shoreline length<br />

Rivers/streams<br />

225<br />

kilometres<br />

Lakes/ponds<br />

35<br />

kilometres<br />

Marine<br />

234,084<br />

hectares<br />

Great Lakes<br />

7<br />

kilometres<br />

Marine<br />

5<br />


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East of Charlottetown, near Kingsboro, PEI, is a large wetland<br />

surrounded by a forest of tall, mature yellow birch and sugar maple.<br />

The wetland here is home to several species at risk. Considering<br />

that only five per cent of PEI’s land base is currently classified as<br />

wetland, the protection of these areas is critical.<br />

The conservation of this area was made possible by the MacPhee<br />

family, through a donation to NCC’s Landmark Campaign. The<br />

Landmark Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in NCC’s<br />

history. Our goal is to raise $750 million to conserve more land faster,<br />

connect more Canadians to nature and inspire the next generation of<br />

conservation leaders.<br />

We are grateful to Canadians like the MacPhee family and their<br />

vision of a natural Canada.<br />

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Glass Sponge Reef<br />


and Shell Canada, rare glass sponge reefs off the BC coast are<br />

now fully protected. Although the reefs had a protected designation<br />

previously, some industrial activity, including res<strong>our</strong>ce<br />

exploration and extraction, was still a possibility.<br />

In September 2018, Shell donated a number of exploration<br />

permits to NCC. NCC held onto the permits until new Government<br />

of Canada provisions came into place that banned<br />

f<strong>our</strong> types of industrial activity in all Marine Protected Areas.<br />

NCC surrendered the permits to the federal government. The<br />

area is now well and truly protected.<br />

Scientists once believed the rare reefs had died off 40 million<br />

years ago, until they were discovered in 1987. Glass sponge<br />

reefs are slow-growing and extremely fragile. They are particularly<br />

vulnerable to damage from human activities, such<br />

as trawling or anchorage. The reefs also provide important<br />

habitat for many marine animals, including prawns, rockfish,<br />

herrings and sharks. They provide a link between the deeper<br />

marine environments and habitat closer to the surface, while<br />

the sponges play an important role in processing marine<br />

carbon and nitrogen.

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Marjorie Cameron’s lifelong passion<br />

for the Canadian Prairies is helping<br />

ensure a future for greater sage-grouse.<br />

For<br />

A portion of Marjorie<br />

Cameron’s gift has<br />

been allotted to NCC’s<br />

greater sage-grouse<br />

recovery program.<br />

Marjorie Cameron, the Prairies<br />

are a place of wonder. The views are long, the<br />

col<strong>our</strong>s are subtle. The skies can be breathtaking.<br />

Unfortunately, little remains of the original,<br />

complex prairie environment. Marjorie says<br />

she has been privileged to explore some of<br />

these fragments of prairie on the Nature<br />

Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) partnership<br />

projects at the Sandstone Ranch and the<br />

Waldron in Alberta, and Old Man on His Back<br />

in Saskatchewan.<br />

“Our pasture was unbroken shortgrass<br />

prairie in the Eagle Creek valley, in Saskatchewan.<br />

It was about a mile away from <strong>our</strong><br />

house and was a fav<strong>our</strong>ite place for us children<br />

to explore,” recalls Marjorie. “There was<br />

always something to see: saskatoon bushes in<br />

sheltered areas, meadowlarks and hawks, wild<br />

roses, lichen-covered rocks and cacti. Every<br />

footstep released scents of sage and dry grass.<br />

The smell of sage never fails to bring back<br />

memories of that special place.”

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But the prairies Marjorie grew up on have<br />

changed and, unfortunately, have diminished.<br />

More than 70 per cent of Canada’s prairie grasslands<br />

have been converted to crops, cities and<br />

roads. As the habitat shrinks, so do populations<br />

of the wildlife that rely on it. The endangerment<br />

of grassland habitat in Canada has cascaded<br />

into the endangerment of many grassland<br />

species, including greater sage-grouse.<br />

Marjorie has supported numerous conservation<br />

projects facilitated by NCC to protect<br />

grasslands in Canada. It is important to her<br />

that these areas are protected.<br />

“Vast areas of grassland have been lost<br />

already and climate change is affecting what<br />

remains,” she says. “Biodiversity is increasingly<br />

under threat. Future generations deserve<br />

the opportunity to experience the beauty and<br />

complexity of the areas that remain.”<br />

“I want people to visit NCC’s projects to see that<br />

it is possible and essential to protect the lands.”<br />

Part of Marjorie’s gift has been allotted to<br />

NCC’s greater sage-grouse recovery program.<br />

In partnership with the Calgary Zoo, this fiveyear<br />

program aims to restore the historic populations<br />

of the species within two protected<br />

locations, one of which is owned by NCC.<br />

“The species that adapted to the grasslands<br />

can only survive if they have access to<br />

the habitat they require,” says Marjorie as she<br />

reflects on the program.<br />

With the help of Marjorie’s gift, NCC purchased<br />

grassland property last year to provide a suitable<br />

environment in which to release sage-grouse.<br />

By supporting habitat protection, Marjorie<br />

is doing her part to care for the Canadian<br />

landscape she has loved her entire life.<br />

“We have an opportunity to protect some<br />

fragile and beautiful areas,” she says. “Without<br />

<strong>our</strong> help, they will be lost forever.”<br />

It is her hope that as others go out and<br />

explore nature, they feel the same way she<br />

does when the long prairie grasses skim her<br />

pant legs.<br />

“I want people to visit NCC’s projects to<br />

see that it is possible and essential to protect<br />

the lands.”<br />

Canadians like Marjorie, and their passion for<br />

<strong>our</strong> country’s natural landscapes, are building<br />

a natural legacy for today and for tomorrow.<br />

A small<br />

but mighty<br />

conservation<br />

win<br />

IN SUMMER 2018, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> and Research Department successfully released<br />

six captive-reared Poweshiek skipperling butterflies on NCC<br />

land in the Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area in southeastern Manitoba.<br />

The release is part of a multi-year, collaborative research<br />

and conservation effort to save this endangered species.<br />

Recent estimates suggest that there may be fewer than<br />

200 Poweshiek skipperlings remaining in Canada, making the<br />

addition of six individuals in NCC’s protected area significant.<br />

The release marks the first-ever release of captive-reared<br />

Poweshiek skipperlings.<br />

NCC supporters are protecting the high-quality tall grass<br />

prairie that the butterflies depend upon to survive.

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Midway between Ottawa and Montreal is an unspoiled, 7,000-hectare (18,000-acre)<br />

corridor of land, rich in hardwoods, including black maple. The corridor provides habitat<br />

for 24 imperiled species of plants, birds and mammals. Protected by NCC since 2013,<br />

the Kenauk project is a critical step in NCC’s plan to maintain a wildlife corridor that<br />

stretches north from the Ottawa River to the Laurentian Mountains.<br />

In the heart of this place, a unique lake spanning over 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres),<br />

and reaching 85 metres in depth, is home to a healthy lake trout population. The lake is<br />

also the site of many family cottages — including that of Tim Hartley and his wife, Wendy,<br />

who first met on the lake.<br />

Tim is a leader in his community. He co-chairs the cottage owners association and has<br />

been enc<strong>our</strong>aging local cottagers, municipalities and associations to ensure the long-term<br />

protection of the lake’s natural values. Tim made a significant contribution to NCC to<br />

protect land in the Kenauk area, and has invited other cottagers to do the same.<br />

The support of Tim and other donors has supported NCC’s collaborations with scientists<br />

and the surrounding landowners to better understand and protect the biodiversity of<br />

this unique landscape. NCC’s annual biodiversity survey confirms the presence of numerous<br />

rare species, including f<strong>our</strong>-toed salamander, one of Quebec’s largest colonies of the<br />

showy orchid, and the ghostly, chlorophyll-free American cancer-root plant.<br />

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Clockwise from top:<br />

Greater sage-grouse,<br />

Poweshiek skipperling,<br />

butterfly release<br />

Protecting Canada’s species at risk*<br />

Species<br />

group<br />

# of species at risk<br />

found on NCCowned<br />

properties<br />

Total # of<br />

species at risk<br />

in Canada<br />

Amphibians<br />

Birds<br />

Clams, snails &<br />

other molluscs<br />

Fishes<br />

(fresh water)<br />

Insects & spiders<br />

Lichens<br />

Mammals<br />

(terrestrial)<br />

Mosses<br />

Reptiles<br />

Vascular plants<br />

15<br />

58<br />

8<br />

11<br />

12<br />

7<br />

21<br />

2<br />

30<br />

59<br />

27<br />

89<br />

38<br />

107<br />

68<br />

23<br />

44<br />

19<br />

43<br />

204<br />

*Species at risk includes COSEWIC-assessed and SARA-listed (Schedule 1) taxa designated as<br />

endangered, threatened or special concern. COSEWIC - Committee on the Status of Endangered<br />

Wildlife in Canada. SARA - Species at Risk Act.

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People<br />


HEART<br />

Lynda Griffiths’ love<br />

of nature grew out of<br />

childhood time spent<br />

fishing with her father.

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IS<br />

Lynda Griffiths is doing her part to<br />

protect the place where she grew up.<br />

There’s<br />

a special place in southeastern<br />

British Columbia where snow-covered mountains<br />

nurture a vast expanse of protected inland<br />

temperate rainforest, creating a safe haven for<br />

wildlife great and small. Rising from the clear<br />

waters of Kootenay Lake to the bare alpine peaks<br />

of the South Selkirk Mountains, the Darkwoods<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> Area anchors the Nature Conservancy<br />

of Canada’s (NCC’s) work in the West<br />

Kootenay region. But up until recently, there was<br />

something missing from this globally significant<br />

conservation area.

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The Next Creek watershed sits in the<br />

heart of Darkwoods and was not included in<br />

the original boundaries of the conservation<br />

area. Now, thanks to the support of a broad<br />

range of funders, including a gift from Lynda<br />

Griffiths, NCC has added the Next Creek lands<br />

to Darkwoods, expanding the property by<br />

7,900 hectares (19,500 acres).<br />

This area holds a special place in Lynda’s<br />

heart, as she grew up half a province away<br />

in Vancouver.<br />

“My partner and I spend every moment<br />

we can in nature,” says Lynda. “Our love of the<br />

outdoors is what first brought us together.”<br />

Lynda’s first gift to NCC was in 2008 — the<br />

same year NCC conserved Darkwoods. She<br />

has been a supporter ever since.<br />

“In Canada, we are just so fortunate for<br />

these wild spaces, and I feel it is absolutely<br />

critical to preserve them. There’s so much<br />

nature here that is still in its wild state.”<br />

“I like to live my life with hope, and recognize the fact<br />

that Darkwoods exists today is a testament to that.”<br />

Clockwise from top: Next Creek, Riverside<br />

Ranch, Sandra Crabtree and Gerald MacGarvie,<br />

Mark and Berny Zoratti, Next Creek<br />

Her donations have, for the most part,<br />

been in support of conservation work in her<br />

home province.<br />

“I went to a NatureTalks event in Vancouver<br />

where I first heard about the Next Creek<br />

project and its importance as a corridor for<br />

wildlife. Right then and there, I knew I was in.”<br />

Lynda is passionate about connecting<br />

people with nature and supporting natural<br />

areas Canadians can explore.<br />

“I think people who spend more time in<br />

nature are more likely to protect it. The only<br />

way to engage people, especially young people,<br />

in conservation and inspire them to do their<br />

part is by taking them to the natural places<br />

we have left.”<br />

Lynda and her partner are now retired<br />

and spend most of their time in and around<br />

the wild places they are working to protect.<br />

Her passion for nature may stem from<br />

afternoons fishing for salmon as a child, but<br />

has blossomed into a dedication to protecting<br />

the areas she has known her entire life.<br />

“I like to live my life with hope, and recognize<br />

the fact that Darkwoods exists today is a<br />

testament to that. I hope to inspire others to<br />

give to conservation and to spread the importance<br />

of preserving these places for the future.”

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In celebration of World Wetlands Day 2019, NCC joined members of the Zoratti<br />

family to celebrate their conservation of Riverside Ranch, a 1,600-hectare<br />

(3,950-acre) ranch along the Castle River in the foothills of southwest Alberta.<br />

Riverside Ranch was established in 1914 after Peter Zoratti immigrated<br />

to Canada from Coderno, Italy, and purchased a property near Beaver Mines.<br />

It has stayed in the family ever since.<br />

“Every generation in my family had a hand in expanding and improving<br />

Riverside Ranch,” says landowner Berny Zoratti, the grandson of Peter<br />

Zoratti. “I saw the need to protect <strong>our</strong> heritage and preserve the ranch that<br />

<strong>our</strong> past generations developed and that <strong>our</strong> future generations will inherit.<br />

Partnering with NCC will do that: preserve <strong>our</strong> ranch, the natural landscape<br />

and <strong>our</strong> grasslands.”<br />

The family and NCC have entered into a conservation agreement that<br />

restricts recreational development on the property, ensuring the land<br />

is protected. The family will continue operating the cattle ranch while<br />

maintaining the landscape and the Castle River in a natural, healthy and<br />

un-fragmented state.<br />

NCC is grateful to Canadians such as the Zoratti family who have cared<br />

for <strong>our</strong> country’s precious natural areas for generations.<br />

Over 22 million Canadians<br />

(22,892,556)<br />

live within 100 kilometres<br />

of one of the properties<br />

we protected in 2018-2019.<br />

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A well-rooted foundation<br />

THE CRABTREE FOUNDATION, now based in Ottawa, is a<br />

private family foundation with roots in New Brunswick. Foundation<br />

president, Sandra Crabtree, and her husband, Gerald<br />

MacGarvie, met while studying at Mount Allison University.<br />

While the couple now calls a different province home, their<br />

passion for protecting the place where they met remains.<br />

“Our family is delighted to support NCC’s many projects<br />

in New Brunswick. The natural heritage of this province is<br />

extraordinary, and it is deeply satisfying to help make a difference<br />

for the conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity<br />

here,” says Sandra. “This part of the world is very special to my<br />

husband and I and <strong>our</strong> children and grandchildren.”<br />

The Crabtree Foundation has provided more than $1 million<br />

in financial support critical to the completion of some of NCC’s<br />

key projects in New Brunswick, ranging from the Acadian Peninsula<br />

to Grand Manan, and from the Miramichi watershed to<br />

the Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre.<br />

Thanks to the Crabtree Foundation, NCC has been able to<br />

respond to urgent opportunities and protect ecologically<br />

important land throughout New Brunswick. Funding from the<br />

Crabtree Foundation has supported the conservation of 3,000<br />

hectares (more than 7,400 acres), including the full protection<br />

of the Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

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UTURE<br />

With a legacy gift hon<strong>our</strong>ing their mother’s wishes,<br />

Glen Estill and his brothers are bringing youth like<br />

Lauren Moretto closer to nature<br />

Lauren Moretto’s internship<br />

complements her<br />

master’s research on bat<br />

habitat management.

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Estill remembers his mother’s wisdom<br />

fondly, including her belief that ensuring a future for<br />

nature meant supporting its future caretakers.<br />

He describes playing with his three brothers along<br />

the rocky sand beaches in Grundy Provincial Park in<br />

Ontario, as the waves from Lake Huron lapped onto the<br />

shore. It was a fav<strong>our</strong>ite spot of the Estill family.<br />

“It was one of the first places my parents took us<br />

camping. I remember the granite and the loons,” he recalls.<br />

“We went all over the place when I was growing up. We did<br />

a lot of hiking around lakes and up mountains.”<br />

Glen’s intimate relationship with nature and his passion<br />

for protecting it began on these campgrounds and were<br />

fostered by his late mother, Ann.<br />

For the last 15 years, Glen has lived in Lion’s Head, on<br />

the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. This is an area Ann and her<br />

family came to know well after she and her husband, Don,<br />

came to Canada.<br />

“It was always taught to me that nature needs to be<br />

protected and that in order to survive, we need a lot of it,”<br />

explains Glen.<br />

Throughout her life, Ann was passionate about the future<br />

of Canada’s landscapes and supporting the work that goes<br />

into protecting them. She was instrumental in helping with<br />

some of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s)<br />

conservation efforts on Manitoulin Island. Ann also invested<br />

in future conservationists through NCC’s <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

Internship Program.<br />

“She was a former [United Church] Minister and had a<br />

lot of experience working with youth groups,” recalls Glen.<br />

“So when the opportunity came to support youth and<br />

nature, she jumped at it.”<br />

Ann supported both the 2017 and 2018 intern programs<br />

and intended on donating to the 2019 program when she<br />

passed away. Before her death, she met several of the interns<br />

she helped fund. She always commented on how inspiring it<br />

was to talk to such bright, enthusiastic and committed young<br />

people working toward a career in conservation. Hon<strong>our</strong>ing<br />

their mother’s wishes, Glen and his brothers have worked<br />

with NCC to fulfill her intent and carry out her legacy.<br />

“The intern program brings together youth with a deep<br />

understanding and passion for nature conservation. It is<br />

my hope that, through this program, the interns will gain<br />

the experience they need to help conserve Canada’s<br />

landscapes. I also hope that mom’s gift will help to inspire<br />

others to support this program too,” says Glen.<br />

Lauren Moretto and Glen Estill<br />

IN THE LAST YEAR, NCC provided work experience for<br />

86 young conservation professionals, thanks to support<br />

from the Government of Canada under the Green Jobs<br />

Initiative. Learn more at www.conservationinterns.ca.<br />

Lauren Moretto’s internship out of Central Ontario<br />

West, specifically at NCC’s Happy Valley Forest, this<br />

summer was made possible by Ann’s gift to NCC.<br />

“This internship is providing me with practical experience<br />

for habitat management for wildlife in a rapidly<br />

urbanizing area, and thus complements my master’s<br />

research on landscape level management of natural bat<br />

habitat in urban environments,” Lauren says. “Each day,<br />

I’m contributing to the protection of significant habitat<br />

within the Happy Valley Forest, through invasive species<br />

removal, species monitoring and outreach.”<br />

Through her gift to NCC’s internship program, Ann<br />

made it evident how much she cared for the future leaders<br />

of conservation. Her generosity toward protecting natural<br />

places in Canada and fostering greater educational<br />

opportunities for youth has made a permanent impact on<br />

the future of conservation.<br />

“I feel that I’m developing a bigger picture approach to<br />

addressing conservation in urban areas, which is critical<br />

for effective conservation,” Lauren states. “This internship<br />

is providing me with experience on important aspects of<br />

conservation. I believe that I can use these skills to design<br />

and implement effective strategies for conservation.”<br />

The generous support of donors like Ann Estill and<br />

her family is an investment in the next generation of<br />

Canada’s conservation leaders.<br />

“I was fortunate enough to meet Glen on the Bruce<br />

Peninsula,” says Lauren. “He is a very soft-spoken, kind<br />

individual and is passionate about sustainability and green<br />

living. I told him how much his family’s contributions<br />

meant to me for my future.<br />

“Throughout my career, I want to work toward effectively<br />

balancing the sustainable growth of cities with environmental<br />

protection. My time with NCC developing this ’big picture’<br />

approach will help me achieve this.”

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Marianne Girling’s passion for nature and philanthropy<br />

lives on through a generous gift in her Will.<br />

Deep in the heart of Essex County in Ontario is a property<br />

bustling with rare wetlands and meadows teeming with<br />

wildlife. The 41 hectares (102 acres) here are nestled just<br />

northeast of the community of Harrow, where the land<br />

meets the water along Cedar Creek.<br />

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, the late Marianne<br />

Featherstonhaugh Girling grew up exploring the fields<br />

and waters of Essex County. Her passion for philanthropy<br />

was inherited from her mother, who taught her the<br />

importance of giving back and doing y<strong>our</strong> part. During her<br />

life, Marianne spent decades as a professional volunteer<br />

— in her church, hospital and grassroots community<br />

organizations.<br />

And it was her father, Murray, to whom she attributed<br />

her spirit of adventure and passion for nature. He instilled<br />

in her a lifelong love of the Lake of Bays, where she would<br />

spend summers paddling and swimming near the family<br />

cottage in Muskoka.<br />

Her commitment to helping protect precious areas<br />

was something she would pass on to her children and<br />

grandchildren, whom she would take out into nature<br />

every chance she could.<br />

“When you grow up with a strong role model as a mother,<br />

a love for nature becomes part of who you are,” says Karen<br />

Girling, Marianne’s daughter.<br />

Marianne’s legacy gift to the Nature Conservancy of<br />

Canada (NCC) reflects her love for the region where she<br />

grew up. A new conservation property, which serves as<br />

important habitat to numerous species, has been named<br />

in her hon<strong>our</strong>. The Marianne Girling Nature Reserve was<br />

made possible by a generous gift in her Will.<br />

“She would be so happy to know that people can walk<br />

through the land she helped to protect, exploring nature<br />

in the same ways she did growing up.”<br />

Marianne’s lifelong love of nature and her commitment<br />

to community inspired her to leave a donation to NCC to<br />

support habitat conservation in Ontario. Her gift has gone<br />

toward protecting a part of a Provincially Significant<br />

Wetland that is home to species designated under the<br />

Species at Risk Act, such as barn swallow, eastern<br />

foxsnake, monarch, short-eared owl and yellow-breasted<br />

chat. Conserving this land means adding to an important<br />

connected stretch of habitat along Cedar Creek that<br />

includes Marshfield Woods, a large forest and Area of<br />

Natural and Scientific Interest.<br />

The land here is now linked to Marianne’s identity. Her<br />

gift is ensuring that her memory and passion for nature live<br />

on and inspire others to protect nature for the future.<br />

“She walked the talk. Whether she was swinging an<br />

axe at the cottage or outside jogging, she always wanted<br />

people to have the same opportunities she had growing<br />

up exploring nature.”<br />

Marianne’s gift has contributed to the Landmark<br />

Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising initiative in<br />

NCC’s 57-year history. One of the goals of the Landmark<br />

Campaign is to inspire future generations to extend <strong>our</strong><br />

legacy and lead more conservation efforts in communities<br />

across the country, something Marianne was passionate<br />

about throughout her life.<br />

“I hope that her donation will trigger in people’s minds<br />

to do what they can to conserve land,” says Karen. “I would<br />

love to see people think about the future of the land and<br />

how to conserve it in perpetuity to hon<strong>our</strong> Canada’s<br />

natural heritage.”<br />


www.natureconservancy.ca/legacy.<br />

Marianne Girling<br />

passed on her<br />

love of nature to<br />

her children and<br />


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Together with support from donors, we are working to CONSERVE more land faster,<br />

CONNECT more Canadians to nature and INSPIRE the next generation of conservation leaders.<br />

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2018-19 was literally a landmark year for the Nature<br />

Conservancy of Canada (NCC). On September 27, 2018, we<br />

publicly announced <strong>our</strong> $750-million Landmark Campaign,<br />

the largest conservation fundraising campaign in <strong>our</strong><br />

country’s history. With generous support from donors<br />

coast to coast to coast, together we are making steady<br />

progress toward <strong>our</strong> goals to CONSERVE more land faster,<br />

CONNECT more Canadians to nature and INSPIRE the<br />

next generation of conservation leaders.<br />

Thanks to donors and supporters like you, we are<br />

significantly increasing the amount of lands and waters<br />

protected by NCC and creating more opportunities for<br />

Canadians to get outdoors and experience nature first-hand.<br />

Together, we are inspiring people of all ages to take up the<br />

torch and lead conservation efforts in communities across<br />

the country.<br />

To date, you have helped us raise over 80 per cent of <strong>our</strong><br />

goal. Our many successes to date would not be possible<br />

without the support of individuals like you. As we prepare<br />

for the successful completion of the Landmark Campaign,<br />

thank you for joining us in protecting <strong>our</strong> lands and waters<br />

for future generations of Canadians.<br />

LEARN MORE: www.leavey<strong>our</strong>landmark.ca.

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Looking<br />

ahead<br />

Here’s what we are planning<br />

for the future:<br />

• Rally Canadians to help us meet the final<br />

20 per cent of <strong>our</strong> $750-million Landmark<br />

Campaign goal.<br />

• Develop a new strategic plan to guide<br />

NCC from 2021 and onward.<br />

• Launch the Natural Heritage<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> Program, <strong>our</strong> new<br />

public-private partnership.<br />

• Host a national conference to advance<br />

new approaches to finance conservation.<br />

• Build capacity to support Indigenous<br />

leadership to further Indigenous<br />

Protected and Conserved Areas.<br />

• Enhance services for a growing French<br />

supporter base.<br />

• Launch an employee communications program.<br />

• Continue to invest in new technology to help<br />

update systems to support land information<br />

and donor relationship management.<br />

• Continue to connect more Canadians to<br />

nature through NatureTalks, Nature Score<br />

and <strong>Conservation</strong> Volunteers opportunities.<br />

• Inspire more Canadians to consider leaving<br />

a gift to NCC in their Will.

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As we closed this fiscal year, we were pleased to report a number of positive outcomes. In addition to conserving<br />

a significant number of hectares, NCC invested in fundraising capacity and technology.<br />

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Overall revenues were $89.0 million with an additional<br />

$6.2 million in restricted endowment contributions. These<br />

revenue results were higher than budget as the organization<br />

was able to be opportunistic in securing a significant new<br />

property — Next Creek in BC — with funding commitments<br />

from public s<strong>our</strong>ces that exceeded expectations. The sale of<br />

carbon offsets is now established as a significant revenue<br />

s<strong>our</strong>ce and we continue to experience positive results from<br />

the commitment to invest into <strong>our</strong> fundraising team and<br />

donor support infrastructure.<br />

9%<br />

Other<br />

10%<br />

Corporations<br />

15%<br />

Foundations<br />

& Organizations<br />

41%<br />

Government<br />


Total expenses were $89.6 million, being higher than budget<br />

given the costs to complete opportunistic property acquisitions.<br />

With this being the final year of <strong>our</strong> federal funding<br />

agreement, contribution support to other land trusts were<br />

lower than the previous year but will resume higher levels<br />

again under the new federal agreement.<br />

25%<br />

Individuals<br />

Our funders:<br />

Average over last 5 years<br />

As reported in previous years, NCC continues to execute on<br />

strategic investments made in the development and marketing<br />

areas to increase <strong>our</strong> fundraising capacity, in terms of both<br />

staff investments and increased access to new technology<br />

solutions. As a result, overhead ratios can vary year over year.<br />

Management believes the five-year average in reporting these<br />

ratios is a better indicator in reporting the benefits derived<br />

versus results in increased conservation outcomes.<br />

Following transfers from internally restricted net assets, NCC<br />

posted a surplus of $0.9 million (2018 surplus = $0.4 million),<br />

reflecting prudent financial management.<br />

Total funds in land stewardship and science endowments<br />

stand at $138.3 million, representing 19 per cent (2018 – 19<br />

per cent) of the overall value of the NCC land portfolio and<br />

a testament to NCC’s financial commitment to stewarding<br />

these lands in the long term.<br />

NCC continues to maintain a healthy balance sheet and<br />

reserve funds, with very limited long-term debt and trade<br />

payables in amounts owing.<br />

78%<br />

Land, Programs*<br />

& Endowments<br />

Average donor funds<br />

invested over last 5 years<br />

*Investing in science and technology to acquire conservation<br />

lands and maintain the plants and animals on these lands.<br />

11%<br />

Administration<br />

9%<br />

Philanthropy<br />

& Marketing<br />

2%<br />


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ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />


May 31, 2019<br />


To the Members of<br />

The Nature Conservancy of Canada<br />

Opinion<br />

The summary financial statements of The Nature<br />

Conservancy of Canada [the “Conservancy”], which<br />

comprise the summary statement of financial position<br />

as at May 31, 2019, and the summary statement of<br />

operations and changes in operating surplus for the<br />

year then ended, and related notes, are derived from<br />

the complete audited financial statements of the<br />

Conservancy for the year ended May 31, 2019.<br />

In <strong>our</strong> opinion, the accompanying summary financial<br />

statements are consistent, in all material respects,<br />

with the audited financial statements, on the basis<br />

described in note 1.<br />

Summary financial statements<br />

The summary financial statements do not contain all of<br />

the disclosures required by Canadian accounting standards<br />

for not-for-profit organizations. Reading the summary<br />

financial statements and the auditor’s report thereon,<br />

therefore, is not a substitute for reading the audited<br />

financial statements and the auditor’s report thereon.<br />

The audited financial statements and <strong>our</strong> report thereon<br />

We expressed an unmodified audit opinion on the audited<br />

financial statements in <strong>our</strong> report dated September 19,<br />

2019. The audited financial statements and the summary<br />

financial statements do not reflect the effects of events<br />

that occurred subsequent to the date <strong>our</strong> report on the<br />

audited financial statements.<br />

Management’s responsibility for the<br />

summary financial statements<br />

Management is responsible for the preparation of a summary<br />

of the complete audited financial statements in accordance<br />

with the basis described in note 1.<br />

Auditor’s responsibility<br />

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the summary<br />

financial statements are consistent, in all material respects,<br />

with the audited financial statements based on <strong>our</strong> procedures,<br />

which were conducted in accordance with Canadian Auditing<br />

Standard 810, Engagements to Report on Summary<br />

Financial Statements.<br />

Toronto, Canada<br />

September 19, 2019

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AS AT MAY 31<br />

2019<br />

$<br />

2018<br />

$<br />

ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />

Assets<br />

Current<br />

Cash and cash equivalents<br />

Short-term investments<br />

Accounts receivable and other<br />

Trade lands<br />

Total current assets<br />

Investments<br />

Capital assets, net<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> lands and agreements [note 3]<br />

21,358,731<br />

12,481,037<br />

5,548,013<br />

45,000<br />

39,432,781<br />

143,769,019<br />

1,156,086<br />

744,964,916<br />

929,322,802<br />

15,373,675<br />

14,183,013<br />

7,405,512<br />

—<br />

36,962,200<br />

141,169,517<br />

1,090,749<br />

715,196,087<br />

894,418,553<br />

Liabilities and net assets<br />

Current<br />

Operating and term loans [note 6]<br />

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities<br />

Current portion of long-term debt [note 6]<br />

Deferred contributions<br />

Total current liabilities<br />

Long-term debt [note 6]<br />

Total liabilities<br />

Contingencies [note 7]<br />

—<br />

1,955,821<br />

135,424<br />

30,967,604<br />

33,058,849<br />

1,634,500<br />

34,693,349<br />

4,850,000<br />

1,511,425<br />

—<br />

24,802,954<br />

31,164,379<br />

1,985,616<br />

33,149,995<br />

Net assets<br />

Internally restricted<br />

Invested in conservation lands and agreements<br />

Other<br />

Operating surplus<br />

Science and Stewardship Endowments<br />

Total net assets<br />

743,199,142<br />

11,379,028<br />

754,578,170<br />

1,747,338<br />

138,303,945<br />

894,629,453<br />

929,322,802<br />

713,210,471<br />

11,468,959<br />

724,679,430<br />

835,845<br />

135,753,283<br />

861,268,558<br />

894,418,553<br />

See accompanying notes<br />

Board Chair<br />

Audit Committee Chair

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ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />



2019<br />

$<br />

2018<br />

$<br />

Revenue<br />

Donations of conservation lands and agreements<br />

Other donations and grants<br />

Proceeds from sale of conservation lands<br />

Other<br />

Expenses<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> lands and agreements acquired<br />

Purchased<br />

Donated<br />

Loan repayments for prior year acquisitions<br />

Contributions to properties acquired and property-related<br />

expenses incurred by others<br />

Property-related<br />

Support<br />

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses for the year<br />

Net transfer from (to) internally restricted net assets<br />

Net transfer from (to) internally endowed net assets<br />

Net increase in operating surplus<br />

Operating surplus, beginning of year<br />

Operating surplus, end of year<br />

11,006,687<br />

69,698,313<br />

—<br />

8,286,460<br />

88,991,460<br />

27,737,314<br />

11,006,687<br />

219,842<br />

5,735,931<br />

44,699,774<br />

21,601,225<br />

23,343,663<br />

89,644,662<br />

(653,202)<br />

335,431<br />

1,229,264<br />

911,493<br />

835,845<br />

1,747,338<br />

12,655,801<br />

71,162,814<br />

28,657<br />

7,858,610<br />

91,705,882<br />

17,500,387<br />

12,655,801<br />

191,448<br />

13,511,755<br />

43,859,391<br />

20,041,181<br />

21,102,445<br />

85,003,017<br />

6,702,865<br />

(2,720,448)<br />

(3,593,075)<br />

389,342<br />

446,503<br />

835,845<br />

See accompanying notes

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MAY 31, 2019<br />

1. Summary financial statements<br />

The summary financial statements are derived from the<br />

complete audited financial statements, prepared in accordance<br />

with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit<br />

organizations as at May 31, 2019, and for the year then ended.<br />

The preparation of these summary financial statements<br />

requires management to determine the information that<br />

needs to be reflected in the summary financial statements so<br />

that they are consistent, in all material respects, with or<br />

represent a fair summary of the audited financial statements.<br />

These summary financial statements have been prepared<br />

by management using the following criteria:<br />

[a] whether information in the summary financial statements<br />

is in agreement with the related information in the<br />

complete audited financial statements; and<br />

[b] whether, in all material respects, the summary financial<br />

statements contain the information necessary to avoid distorting<br />

or obscuring matters disclosed in the related complete<br />

audited financial statements, including the notes thereto.<br />

Management determined that the statements of changes<br />

in net assets and cash flows do not provide additional useful<br />

information and, as such, has not included them as part of<br />

the summary financial statements.<br />

The complete audited financial statements of The Nature<br />

Conservancy of Canada [the “Conservancy”] are available<br />

upon request by contacting the Conservancy.<br />

2. Revenue recognition<br />

The Conservancy follows the deferral method of accounting<br />

for contributions. Revenue related to the sale of carbon<br />

offset credits is recognized when the Conservancy has<br />

transferred to the buyer the significant risks and rewards of<br />

the ownership of the carbon credits, the amount is fixed and<br />

determinable and collectability is reasonably assured.<br />

3. <strong>Conservation</strong> lands and agreements<br />

Purchased conservation lands and agreements are recorded<br />

at cost when title is transferred. The purchases are recorded<br />

as an expense to the extent that the purchase is internally<br />

financed. Repayments of debt related to property acquisitions<br />

are expensed when made. An amount equal to the expense<br />

related to purchases and debt repayments is added to net<br />

assets invested in conservation lands and agreements. When<br />

a loan is obtained in a subsequent year related to an internally<br />

financed purchase, an amount equal to the debt is transferred<br />

from net assets invested in conservation lands and agreements<br />

to operating surplus.<br />

Contributed conservation lands and agreements are<br />

recorded at fair market value when title is transferred. When<br />

purchased conservation lands and agreements are acquired<br />

substantially below fair market value, the difference between<br />

consideration paid and fair value is reported as contributed<br />

conservation lands and agreements. The contributions are<br />

recorded as revenue and expenses and also as an asset offset<br />

by net assets invested in conservation lands and agreements.<br />

Properties transferred to others are recorded as a<br />

reduction of conservation lands and agreements and net<br />

assets invested in conservation lands and agreements.<br />

<strong>Conservation</strong> lands and agreements, either purchased or<br />

donated, are assets held as part of the Conservancy’s<br />

collection. <strong>Conservation</strong> agreements are legal agreements<br />

entered into by the Conservancy under which a landowner<br />

voluntarily restricts or limits the type and amount of<br />

development that may take place on his or her land to<br />

conserve its natural features. Once registered on title, that<br />

agreement runs with the title and binds all future owners.<br />

4. Allocation of expenses<br />

Salaries and benefits expenses are allocated between<br />

property-related and support expenses based on the primary<br />

job responsibilities of the employee’s position. No support<br />

expenses are allocated to property-related expenses.<br />

5. Donated materials and services<br />

Donated materials and services are not recognized in the<br />

summary financial statements.<br />

6. Debt<br />

The Conservancy has provided a general security agreement<br />

over all of its assets, excluding conservation lands and<br />

agreements, with one financial institution. In addition, as at<br />

May 31, 2019, the Conservancy has one long-term debt<br />

facility of $1,634,500 that is secured by conservation lands<br />

and agreements with a carrying value of $1,673,275 and a<br />

promissory note payable of US$101,622 that is secured by<br />

conservation lands with a carrying value of $7,216,593.<br />

7. Contingencies<br />

The nature of the Conservancy’s activities is such that there is<br />

often litigation pending or in progress. Where the potential<br />

liability is likely and able to be estimated, management records<br />

its best estimate of the potential liability. With respect to claims<br />

as at May 31, 2019, it is management’s position that the<br />

Conservancy has valid defences and appropriate insurance<br />

coverage to offset the cost of unfav<strong>our</strong>able settlements, if any,<br />

which may result from such claims. In other cases, the ultimate<br />

outcome of the claims cannot be determined at this time, and<br />

as such, no accruals have been made as at May 31, 2019.<br />


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ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is grateful to the many volunteers who provide their time and insight<br />

to help guide <strong>our</strong> work.<br />



Bruce MacLellan<br />

Chair<br />

Toronto, Ontario<br />

Elana Rosenfeld<br />

Vice Chair<br />

Invermere, British Columbia<br />

Bill Caulfeild-Browne<br />

Past Chair<br />

Tobermory, Ontario<br />

John Lounds<br />

President & Chief Executive Officer<br />

Whitby, Ontario<br />

Michael Paskewitz<br />

Secretary<br />

Toronto, Ontario<br />

Paul Archer<br />

Montreal, Quebec<br />

Bill Caulfeild-Browne<br />

Tobermory, Ontario<br />

Chloe Dragon Smith<br />

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories<br />

Michael Gallagher<br />

Vancouver, British Columbia<br />

John Grandy<br />

Toronto, Ontario<br />

Alan Lat<strong>our</strong>elle,<br />

Chair, <strong>Conservation</strong> Committee<br />

Ottawa, Ontario<br />

Bruce MacLellan<br />

Co-chair, Ad Hoc Campaign<br />

Advisory Committee<br />

Toronto, Ontario<br />

Maureen McCaw<br />

Chair, Marketing and<br />

Fundraising Committee<br />

Edmonton, Alberta<br />

Kevin McNamara<br />

Chester Basin, Nova Scotia<br />

Mike Pedersen<br />

Co-chair, Ad Hoc Campaign<br />

Advisory Committee<br />

Toronto, Ontario<br />

Dave Phillips<br />

Lumsden, Saskatchewan<br />

Robert Rabinovitch<br />

Chair, Investment Committee<br />

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec<br />

Elana Rosenfeld<br />

Chair, Governance, Nominating<br />

and Human Res<strong>our</strong>ces Committee<br />

Invermere, British Columbia<br />

Dorothy Sanford<br />

Chair, Audit and Risk Committee<br />

Toronto, Ontario<br />

Bob Williams<br />

Winnipeg, Manitoba<br />

Barry Worbets<br />

Calgary, Alberta<br />

For a list of <strong>our</strong> executive management group and regional directors, visit www.natureconservancy.ca/<strong>our</strong>team.

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THANK YOU!<br />

We are fortunate that so many of you have decided<br />

to ensure Canada’s natural legacy by making a gift<br />

to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.<br />

ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />

Individual donors<br />

The following individuals gave generously to<br />

NCC between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019:<br />

$1,000,000–$4,999,999<br />

Frank C. Miller<br />

$500,000–$999,999<br />

One anonymous donor<br />

$100,000–$499,999<br />

Marilyn & Charles Baillie<br />

Andrew Beckerman<br />

Margaret & John Catto<br />

Emma Donoghue<br />

L. David Dubé<br />

& Heather Ryan<br />

Milfred & Patricia<br />

Hammerbacher<br />

Richard M. Ivey<br />

Harold Kvisle<br />

Dr. Therese Leneveu<br />

Janice Ley<br />

Gerald McBride<br />

& Carol L. Lawrence<br />

Darrell J. Metka<br />

Dr. Wallace M. Mitchell<br />

Carla Reed<br />

Elana Rosenfeld<br />

Leslie & Mark Shuparski<br />

Janette Sweasy<br />

Harold & Audrey Zettl<br />

F<strong>our</strong> anonymous donors<br />

$50,000–$99,999<br />

Edward C. Bezeau<br />

The Brenneman Family<br />

Bill & Judy Caulfeild-Browne<br />

Ray M. Dunsmore<br />

Fred & Elizabeth Fountain<br />

Doug & Mari Harpur<br />

Bruce MacLellan & Karen Girling<br />

Mike & Martha Pedersen<br />

Nathalie Pratte<br />

Glenn Root<br />

Gregory F. Stack<br />

Cameron Taylor<br />

Marian White<br />

One anonymous donor

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ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />

$25,000–$49,999<br />

Wendy & Robert Atkinson<br />

Maureen Ebel<br />

Liz & Tony Fricke<br />

Mike & Kathy Gallagher<br />

John Grandy & Meg Salter<br />

Ian & Judy Griffin<br />

David Hamel<br />

Suann C. Hosie<br />

La Famille Hotte<br />

Lois A. Lang<br />

Gerald T. McCaughey<br />

Eliza L. Mitchell<br />

Kerry & AJ Mueller<br />

Patrick & Tamar Pichette<br />

Ann Rooney & Jim Artindale<br />

Bob & Barbara Shaunessy<br />

Robert Sherrin<br />

Mary E. Veale<br />

Bob Williams<br />

Audrey E. Wilson<br />

Margo Wood<br />

Three anonymous donors<br />

$10,000–$24,999<br />

Susan Anderson<br />

Chris & Angela Atkins<br />

Haakon Bakken<br />

Bill Barley<br />

Karen & Bill Barnett<br />

Marc Beauchamp<br />

Jamie & Tony Bowland<br />

C. Jean Britton & Ransom Slack<br />

Rodney Burgar<br />

Peter Buzek & Deborah Hall<br />

Marjorie H. Cameron<br />

John Caraberis & Bonnie Bond<br />

Drs. Margaret & Glen Carlson<br />

George Castles<br />

Jacqueline A. Clark<br />

Cathy Clayton &<br />

John Denholm<br />

Monique C<strong>our</strong>chesne<br />

David J. Craig<br />

Elizabeth A. Currie<br />

Dr. Yvonne Cuttle<br />

Cam Davidson-Pilon &<br />

Stefanie Gibson<br />

Rolph A. Davis<br />

Alan Davison<br />

Melanie J. Dobson<br />

Robert & Ellen Eisenberg<br />

Steve Flindall & Jennifer Chanter<br />

Judith & Rod Fraser<br />

Areez Gangji<br />

Martin & Silvia Gérard<br />

Eric Grace<br />

Peter & Judy Hall<br />

Brian & Ruth Hastings<br />

In memory of Tim K. Hodgson<br />

Barbara A. Holmberg<br />

Judith Howsam<br />

Colin Jackson<br />

In memory of Baxter Keats<br />

Chris Key<br />

Louise Koen<br />

Diane Loeb<br />

John Lounds<br />

Pierre Martin & Shirley Gavlas<br />

In memory of Joyce Mathieson<br />

Robert & Wendy McDonald<br />

Lynda McPhun<br />

Nan McPhun<br />

Joan, Bob & Doug McRae<br />

Jeannie & Thomas Mills<br />

Garfield R. Mitchell<br />

Peter J. Muecke<br />

Glen & Lois Mumey<br />

Athena Ogden<br />

Dr. Jean O’Grady<br />

Barbara O’Shea<br />

Stan & Edith Ouellette<br />

Paul Peterson<br />

Alison M. Philips<br />

Cecil & Robert Rabinovitch<br />

Linda Read<br />

Mary Ann Redeker<br />

Janet Reid<br />

Christopher Richter<br />

William D. Robertson<br />

Scott D. Sarjeant<br />

Frank Sinclair<br />

Graham & Susan Smith<br />

Peter Solonysznyj<br />

Betty Speakman<br />

Margaret Stockton<br />

In memory of Ian A. Soutar<br />

Jane Thorson<br />

Eric Tripp & Maria Smith<br />

Jack & Connie Uetrecht<br />

Dukke van der Werf<br />

Paddy Wales<br />

Rene & Carol Weber<br />

E. G. Worth<br />

David B. & Virginia A. Wortman<br />

Howsun Albert Wu<br />

MGSP Yacht<br />

20 anonymous donors<br />

Donors of Land & <strong>Conservation</strong> Agreements<br />

Margaret Atwood<br />

Janine Blaine &<br />

Debbie Christiansen, in<br />

memory of Philip E. Plante<br />

John D. Berryman<br />

Francois Brière<br />

Crosbie Group<br />

Alexandre Grandmont<br />

Halifax Regional Municipality<br />

Shane & Laurel Hansen<br />

John K. Irving<br />

Loyalist Township<br />

Mary & Kenneth Lund<br />

MacKenzie Ranching<br />

Company Limited<br />

Susan Noiles<br />

& Michael Brown<br />

Nancy Novak<br />

Jay Noyes<br />

William S. Roberts<br />

Nancy Roth<br />

One anonymous donor<br />

Life Insurance Donors<br />

Richard Bélanger<br />

Hazel Broker<br />

Alison J. Dinwoodie<br />

Dr. Sandra Fiegehen<br />

Galin Foundation<br />

J. Peter & Sarah I. Gardner<br />

Brian Hitchon<br />

Ross B. Hodgetts<br />

Janette H. Johnston<br />

Edward D. Kendall<br />

Lois Lang<br />

Roderick A. Manson<br />

John & Shirley Martin<br />

Robert & Wendy McDonald<br />

Heather McLeod<br />

Ravi & Anne Menon<br />

Daniel A. Michaelson<br />

Josefa Michaelson<br />

Ellen Wedemeyer Moore<br />

Janet Reid<br />

Dorothy Sherling<br />

Three anonymous donors

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Estate Gifts<br />

Irene Bauman<br />

Robert Bell<br />

Mary Louise Burkholder<br />

Francesca Rita Carla Carlani<br />

Suleman Currim<br />

Margaret N. Cutt<br />

Elva Eleanor Doerr<br />

Leonid Dubkovski<br />

William Arthur John Gibbs<br />

Marianne Girling<br />

Lauren Geneva Glen<br />

Isabella J. Goldstone<br />

Joyce H. Good<br />

Gray-Johnstone<br />

Sheila M. Gribble<br />

Gerta Mae Grieve<br />

W. Robert Groves<br />

Jean Gwendolyn Gugin<br />

Jack Charles Hallam<br />

Carolyn M. Hayr-Hadden<br />

Alice M. Hill<br />

Mary Hollands<br />

Diana G. Horton<br />

Dorothy F. Jones<br />

Jean Klepachek<br />

Philip John Kuys<br />

Kenneth A. MacKenzie<br />

Ruth Jessie Masters<br />

Mary Grace McCaffrey<br />

Mary F. McCallum<br />

Heather C. McLaren<br />

Bernard Scott Mellon<br />

Thomas A. Miller<br />

Marion Mills<br />

Joan Millward<br />

Evangeline Ann Moore<br />

Wayne O’Brien<br />

Lorna Jean Partridge<br />

Phyllis & David Pike<br />

Arleen Joan Sankey<br />

Sandra Joyce Sharp<br />

Charles Albert Shrubsole<br />

David & Eileen Spring<br />

Doreen W. Stoot<br />

Pamela & Herman Swarte<br />

Brian Ben Turner<br />

Irene Young<br />

Janet K. Zorena<br />

Seven anonymous donors<br />

ANNUAL REPORT 2018–2019<br />

Corporations, Foundations, Organizations & Governments<br />

The following groups gave generously to NCC between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019:<br />

$20,000,000–$24,999,999<br />

Government of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada – Natural Areas <strong>Conservation</strong> Program<br />

$10,000,000–$19,999,999<br />

Government of British Columbia<br />

$1,000,000–$9,999,999<br />

American Friends of Canadian<br />

Nature Inc., through the<br />

generosity of its donors:<br />

Davis <strong>Conservation</strong> Foundation,<br />

Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund,<br />

David Gunn, V.W. (Tim) &<br />

Monica Holt, Karen Ray,<br />

Janette Sweasy, William P.<br />

Wharton Trust, and others<br />

Government of Alberta,<br />

Alberta Environment and Parks<br />

Government of Canada, <br />

Environment and Climate<br />

Change Canada – Aboriginal<br />

Fund for Species at Risk,<br />

Canadian Wildlife Service,<br />

Ecological Gifts Program, National<br />

Wetland <strong>Conservation</strong> Fund<br />

Government of Nova Scotia,<br />

Department of Natural Res<strong>our</strong>ces<br />

J.D. Irving, Limited<br />

TD Bank Group<br />

Teck Res<strong>our</strong>ces Limited<br />

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service<br />

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation<br />

$500,000–$999,999<br />

Action-Climat Québec<br />

Columbia Basin Trust<br />

Gouvernement du Québec,<br />

Ministère de l’Environnement et de<br />

la Lutte contre les changements<br />

climatiques<br />

Government of Canada,<br />

Employment and Social<br />

Development Canada – Summer<br />

Work Experience Program<br />

Government of Saskatchewan,<br />

Ministry of the Environment<br />

MapleCross Fund<br />

Nova Scotia Crown Share<br />

Land Legacy Trust<br />

One anonymous donor<br />

$100,000–$499,999<br />

BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife<br />

Compensation Program<br />

BMO Financial Group<br />

Canada Life<br />

Coril Holdings Ltd.<br />

The Dalglish Family Foundation<br />

Ducks Unlimited Canada<br />

Echo Foundation<br />

Enbridge Inc.<br />

Fondation de la faune du Québec<br />

Government of Canada,<br />

Environment and Climate<br />

Change Canada – Quickstart<br />

Program<br />

Government of Canada,<br />

Indigenous Services Canada<br />

Government of Ontario, Ministry<br />

of Natural Res<strong>our</strong>ces and Forestry<br />

Les Studios Moment Factory Inc.<br />

The Ontario Trillium Foundation<br />

Power Corporation of Canada<br />

RBC Foundation<br />

RBC Wetland <strong>Conservation</strong> Fund<br />

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.<br />

Richardson Foundation<br />

S. C. Johnson and Son, Limited<br />

The Sitka Foundation<br />

TELUS Corporation<br />

Three Anonymous Donors

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$50,000–$99,999<br />

Alan and Patricia Koval Foundation<br />

Chisholm Thomson Family<br />

Foundation<br />

CIBC<br />

Commission for Environmental<br />

Cooperation<br />

The Consecon Foundation<br />

Copernicus Educational Products<br />

Crabtree Foundation<br />

Donner Canadian Foundation<br />

Fondation Hydro-Québec p<strong>our</strong><br />

l’environnement<br />

Galin Foundation<br />

The George Cedric Metcalf<br />

Charitable Foundation<br />

The Gosling Foundation<br />

Government of Canada,<br />

Fisheries and Oceans Canada,<br />

Parks Canada<br />

Goverment of Prince Edward Island<br />

The Hearn Family Foundation<br />

Indigenous Engagement Fund,<br />

Edmonton Community anonymous<br />

donor<br />

The John and Judy Bragg Family <br />

Foundation<br />

The Leacross Foundation<br />

Lowe’s Canada<br />

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage<br />

Corporation<br />

Marine Community Foundation<br />

McCain Foundation<br />

The McLean Foundation<br />

The Michael Young Family<br />

Foundation<br />

The Nature Conservancy of<br />

Canada Fund at Edmonton<br />

Community Foundation<br />

New Brunswick Environmental<br />

Trust Fund<br />

Ontario Power Generation Inc.<br />

Regional District of Central Kootenay<br />

Qualico<br />

The Schad Foundation<br />

Sweet Water Trust<br />

TD Friends of the Environment<br />

Foundation<br />

The Trottier Family Foundation<br />

Wildlife Habitat Canada<br />

Three anonymous donors<br />

$25,000–$49,999<br />

Alliance Data<br />

Bill and Wendy Volk Family<br />

Foundation<br />

The Bradstreet Family Foundation<br />

Bruce Power Limited Partnership<br />

The Calgary Foundation<br />

Clark Cawthra Coneybeare Foundation<br />

Collings Family Foundation<br />

The Crowsnest Land Corporation<br />

Earth Rangers<br />

ExxonMobil Canada<br />

Fondation Jeunesse-Vie<br />

Government of Canada,<br />

Department of Environment and<br />

Climate Change<br />

Gouvernement du Québec,<br />

Ministère des<br />

Ress<strong>our</strong>ces naturelles du Québec<br />

Intact Foundation<br />

Kaatza Foundation<br />

Kicking Horse Coffee<br />

Kruger Products L.P.<br />

The Landry Family Foundation<br />

Manitoulin Transport<br />

Max Bell Foundation<br />

The Mosaic Company<br />

Municipality of Brighton<br />

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation<br />

New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund<br />

Northview Apartment REIT<br />

Ontario Lottery and Gaming<br />

Corporation<br />

Res<strong>our</strong>ces Legacy Fund Foundation<br />

Sedbergh School Association<br />

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.<br />

Turkey Point Company<br />

The Woodcock Foundation<br />

$10,000–$24,999<br />

Alberta <strong>Conservation</strong> Association<br />

Aldridge Acres Ltd.<br />

Allard, Allard & Associés Inc.<br />

Ann and Roger Phillips<br />

Foundation<br />

Appalachian Corridor<br />

Banque Laurentienne<br />

Camosun Biotechnology Inc.<br />

Chaplin Nature Centre<br />

Coleman Leggitt Trust<br />

The Community Foundation<br />

Connor Clark & Lunn<br />

Foundation<br />

D.R. Ashford Fund at the Calgary<br />

Foundation<br />

The Dallas Foundation<br />

Dentons Canada LLP<br />

Dispenser Amenities Inc.<br />

EVRGRN Coffee<br />

The First Nations and Métis<br />

Community Engagement Program<br />

Fonds Aluminerie de Deschambault<br />

Funke-Furber Fund, through<br />

the Victoria Foundation<br />

G.J. Cahill & Company (1979) Ltd.<br />

Google Inc., Employee Giving<br />

Government of Ontario,<br />

Ministry of Training,<br />

Colleges and Universities<br />

Harris and Cheng Medicine<br />

Professional Corporation<br />

Hastings Prince Edward<br />

Land Trust<br />

Hodgson Family Foundation<br />

Husky Energy<br />

J. T. Clark Family Foundation<br />

Jewish Community Foundation<br />

of Montreal<br />

The Joan and Clifford Hatch<br />

Foundation<br />

The John Hindmarsh<br />

Environmental Trust Fund<br />

KPMG Canada<br />

Lady Gray’l Fund<br />

Lake Simcoe Region <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

Authority<br />

The Leonard and Gabryela Osin<br />

Foundation<br />

LGL Limited<br />

Lockhart Foundation<br />

Lone Pine Land Trust<br />

Long Point Region <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

Authority<br />

Love Family Trust<br />

Lower Trent <strong>Conservation</strong><br />

McDanel Land Foundation<br />

The McMurtry Foundation<br />

Nature’s Aid Inc.<br />

New Gold Inc.<br />

Northumberland Land Trust<br />

Patten Family Foundation Inc.<br />

Peter & Catherine Clark Family<br />

Foundation<br />

Petkind / Canada Fresh Pet Products<br />

The Philips Fund<br />

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery<br />

Raymond James Canada Foundation<br />

Regional District of East Kootenay<br />

Sanimax<br />

The Shaw Group<br />

South Okanagan <strong>Conservation</strong> Fund<br />

Southern Ontario Orchid Society<br />

Syncrude Canada Ltd.<br />

Tee Pee Farms Limited<br />

TransCanada<br />

United Nations Association<br />

in Canada<br />

United Way of Calgary,<br />

Donor Choice Program<br />

A United Way Worldwide Grant, on<br />

behalf of the generosity of Praxair<br />

Vermilion Energy Inc.<br />

The Victoria Foundation<br />

View West Foundation<br />

The Walter J. Blackburn Foundation<br />

William P. Wharton Trust<br />

F<strong>our</strong> anonymous donors

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Thank<br />

you!<br />

We are grateful that you’ve joined us<br />

in making the largest-ever charitable<br />

investment in conservation in<br />

Canada’s history.<br />

Together, we’ve raised over 80 per cent<br />

of the campaign’s $750-million goal, and<br />

completed over 450 conservation projects!<br />

We’ve made it this far because of you.<br />

Let’s achieve the Landmark Campaign<br />

goal together.<br />

Help us reach the remaining 20 per cent<br />

of <strong>our</strong> campaign goal.<br />

Please leave y<strong>our</strong> landmark today.

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