Annita Mcphee joins CPAWS-BC as Executive Director

For Immediate Release
December 9, 2020

Annita Mcphee joins CPAWS-BC as Executive Director

Vancouver/Unceded Coast Salish Territory – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC) is thrilled to introduce Annita Mcphee as Executive Director, effective on December 7 2020. 

Annita steps into the position as the first Indigenous person to lead a Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society chapter, and brings with her a wealth of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work, served three terms as the President of the Tahltan Central Council, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her vision and leadership. Annita was instrumental in the fight to save the Sacred Headwaters in Tahltan Territory, and was honoured with the The Leadership Award from Ecotrust for her work.

“Annita’s expertise in strategic development holds the health of people, lands and waters at the heart,” says Catarina Moreno, CPAWS-BC Board President. “At this critical juncture for nature, Annita’s bold leadership and commitment to finding unique solutions for wilderness protection is an ideal fit to lead CPAWS-BC into a very bright future.”

Caring for lands and waters has always been Annita’s priority. “As a Tahltan woman, growing up on Tahltan and Stikine lands, I was always reminded that Indigenous Peoples in Canada have been stewarding lands since time immemorial. It’s always been our work,” said Mcphee “This is an exciting opportunity to bring forward these teachings and strengthen collaboration between Indigenous Peoples, conservation groups and governments to secure clean air, water, and nutritious food now and forever.”

Annita looks forward to sharing her stories and leadership vision in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, the CPAWS-BC team will continue to defend the wild places we love and depend on. 


For interview, please contact
Skye Vallance
Communications and Development Coordinator
604.685.7445 x 22

Photo: Annita Mcphee, CPAWS-BC Executive Director


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land, ocean, and freshwater, and ensuring our parks and protected areas are managed to protect nature. Since 1963, CPAWS has played a leading role in protecting over half a million square kilometers. Our vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s public land and water in a framework of reconciliation – for the benefit of wildlife and people.

The CPAWS British Columbia chapter (CPAWS-BC) works to protect wilderness in every corner of BC and deep into the ocean. We have been defending BC since 1978, and are dedicated to keeping BC’s natural environment thriving forever. Nature is BC’s best hope. Visit: | Follow: @CPAWSbc