CPAWS-BC Announces New Executive Director

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New Leadership at CPAWS-BC Adopts Community Approach

Bruce Passmore Chosen by CPAWS as Executive Director of the BC Chapter

September 22, 2014

CPAWS-BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Passmore as its new Executive Director.

Bruce comes to CPAWS-BC with over fifteen years of experience as an executive director or senior manager in various national and international non-profit organizations. Born in the unceded territory of the Tsartlip Nation on southern Vancouver Island, Bruce was raised exploring the lands and waters of the Salish Sea. As such, Bruce has developed a strong commitment to environmental protection, as well as a sound understanding of its intersectionality with social justice.

“We have an inherited responsibility to protect the lands and waters of this incredible province for future generations,” says Bruce. “Whether we are newcomers to the region or have family histories that span millennia, we are accountable for our actions and our legacy. Getting us all involved together, particularly by reaching communities that have been marginalized or disengaged, will ensure that environmental protection becomes a stronger, more integral part of our collective fabric.”

Bruce holds a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Royal Roads University. He worked as a biologist on numerous initiatives. Some of these include the Eastern Slopes Grizzly Project, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, and the extension of the wolf conservation boundary around Algonquin Provincial Park. He has also worked in social justice, focussing on creating spaces for diverse groups to engage and transform their communities.

“I am thrilled to be part of CPAWS because it has an unprecedented history of success protecting wild areas,” says Bruce. “CPAWS-BC works with all stakeholders to create a case for why we need to protect key areas and reduce our environmental impact. We build the capacity of young people to be exceptional stewards of this region and ensure their voices are heard. We tirelessly look for new ways to engage the public in the creation of new parks and protected areas. Because of this, we will keep winning victories for our unique and treasured landscapes.”

Founded in 1963, CPAWS has helped protect over 400,000 square kilometres of threatened areas across Canada. The British Columbia chapter was founded in 1979 and is one of thirteen CPAWS chapters across Canada. CPAWS is the only nation-wide charity devoted exclusively to protecting Canada's public land and water.