Nature Canada Welcomes New Executive Director

Nature Canada welcomes Ian Davidson as the organization’s new Executive Director! Ian will begin his new responsibilities on July 8, 2009.

Here is part of an announcement we released to introduce Ian to our friends, colleagues and supporters:

Born in Canada, Ian has worked throughout the world on a range of environmental issues that are central to Nature Canada’s conservation mission. A graduate from the University of Guelph, specializing in wildlife management, he spent his formative years working for the Canadian Wildlife Service, first in James Bay on migratory shorebird issues and later in the northern Boreal forest studying the impact of forestry regimes on small mammal populations.

In the late eighties, Ian spent significant time working on environmental projects in Africa and Latin America before taking on an assignment with the Canadian International Development Agency where he advised on projects and policy issues in the Americas. He continued his international work with Wildlife Habitat Canada coordinating initiatives for Wetlands for the Americas focused on Canadian migratory species and habitat conservation.

Since 2000 Ian has been the Regional Director for BirdLife International, a global network of conservation NGOs dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitat, where he worked closely with NGOs in almost all countries of the Americas, including BirdLife’s Partners in Canada, Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada. Over nine years he helped support and develop the BirdLife partnership’s capacity to implement effective conservation programs throughout the region.

“Because of his strong ties to BirdLife International, Ian is already familiar with Nature Canada’s mission and vision for nature conservation, and he brings a strong commitment to advance support for that mission throughout Canada and the Americas,” said Nature Canada Board of Directors Chair Richard Yank. “On behalf of the board and staff, I am pleased and excited to welcome Ian to Nature Canada.”

Nature Canada wishes to thank Ruth Catana, the organization’s Director of Public Affairs, who served as Acting President during the hiring process.