Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

CPAWS

This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

CPAWS is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them.

We work collaboratively with all levels of governments, Indigenous peoples, industry and other environmental groups to develop innovative, science-based conservation solutions. We work alongside communities to engage Canadians in speaking up for nature conservation through outreach, advocacy and education.

We are working closely with all levels of governments and partners to almost double the protection of our public lands and waters by 2020 to help preserve the world’s biological diversity for generations to come.

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CPAWS has helped protect more than 50 million hectares, including the Nahanni National Park Reserve, and Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area. Photos by Bill Mason Production and K Conway

At a glance

Year founded: 1963

Geographic region of focus: $5,131,234

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5,131,234

Top funding sources: 

  • Foundations: 47%
  • Individual donations: 39%
  • Corporate donations: 7%
  • Government funding: 6%
  • Other: 1%

How you can help

Give

With your help, we are able to be the voice for wilderness when decisions are being made regarding the use and management of our public lands and waters. Help us protect the places and animals you love.

We are poised to nearly double Canada's protected areas in the next two years. Our biggest priority is to leverage this once-in-a-lifetime conservation opportunity by building our chapters' capacity to do work on the ground in the regions and implementing a nationwide communications strategy to engage and inspire Canadians.

Volunteer

Help make a difference in your community by connecting with your local CPAWS chapter. With 13 regional offices across Canada and a national office in Ottawa, we are working nationwide to protect more of our iconic land and seascapes.

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CPAWS has helped protect more than 50 million hectares, including the Nahanni National Park Reserve, and Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area. Photos by Bill Mason Production and K Conway

Events and fundraising

Weekend for the Wild

Nov. 16-18
There are 521 plant and animal species in Canada that are at risk of extinction – some are in danger of disappearing altogether. Do your part to help save our iconic species by donating to our 48-hour fundraiser for species at risk.

Giving Tuesday

Nov. 27
Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving back. There’s no better way to give back to your community than to help protect Canada’s iconic landscapes and wildlife for our collective health and enjoyment, and for generations to come.
 

Board members and executives

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CEO Iris Almeida-Côté (left), and Board of Trustees Chair Mike Robinson

Michael Robinson (B.C.)
President

Alex Abboud (Alberta)
Vice-President 

Vincent Castellucci (Quebec)

Laura Colella (Ontario)
Chair, Litigation Committee

Elmer Ghostkeeper (Alberta)

John Grandy (Ontario)

Bob Halfyard (Newfoundland)

Kwiaahwah Jones (B.C.)

Pippa Lawson (Yukon)
Chair, Governance Committee

Nikita Lopoukhine (Ontario)
Chair, Conservation Committee

Don McMurtry (Ontario)

Lavinia Mohr (Ontario)
Treasurer

Amber Nicol (Nova Scotia)
Chair, Engagement Committee

Richard Paisley (B.C.)

Erik Val (Yukon)

Get in touch

506-250 City Centre Ave.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1R 6K7

Tel: 1-800-333-9453
info@cpaws.org

Twitter: @cpaws
Facebook: CPAWS