Prominent Nature Canada supporter named Ontario’s new lieutenant-governor

A very big congratulations goes out to Nature Canada supporter and member Elizabeth Dowdeswell for being named Ontario’s new lieutenant-governor today!

[Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s] public service career spanned provincial, federal and international borders. She served as a deputy minister of culture and youth in Saskatchewan and was later assistant deputy minister at Environment Canada.


‘Ms. Dowdeswell has a wealth of expertise in education and public service, and has dedicated herself to the betterment of her community, province, and country,” said Harper. “Her impressive skill set and vast domestic and international experience are exceptionally well-suited to promoting Ontario’s future, and I am confident that she will bring a fresh and dynamic perspective to the position.’

-Statement by Prime Minister Harper today

Elizabeth Dowdeswell is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative alongside many other incredibly accomplished women including famed novelist Margaret Atwood and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, the wife of Canada’s Governor General David Johnston.

2014 has been a banner headline year for Nature Canada supporters. In February,  Julie Gelfand, Nature Canada’s former president, was named as Canada’s federal environment commissioner.