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NatureServe Canada names new Executive Director

NatureServe Canada is pleased to introduce Doug Hyde
as its new Executive Director

Doug brings extensive skills and experience in policy and legislation related to the federal Species at Risk Act in Canada, as well as extensive knowledge in information management. Doug has a strong commitment to conservation and enthusiasm to further guide NatureServe Canada in its next step toward becoming a more well-recognized and well-respected organization.

Doug served as co-chair of Canada’s National Recovery Working Group under the RENEW (Recovery of Nationally Endangered Wildlife in Canada) program, and as chair of the federal government’s Interdepartmental Policy Committee on implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Additionally, Doug oversaw the Recovery Information Management System, a web-based system to track the development of more than 350 recovery strategies for species at risk, during his time as Environment Canada’s Chief of Recovery. As the former National Coordinator of Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, he was responsible for managing $10 million annually to support more than 150 conservation projects across Canada, for which he developed a web-based project management system.

Doug has also been involved in a number of other projects over the years, including creating the first edition of the Canadian Biodiversity Information Network (CBIN), facilitating discussions regarding the North American Biodiversity Information Network, and creating a web-based registry under the Canadian Endangered Species Protection Act, a precursor to SARA’s public registry. For the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, he helped to establish the North American Bird Conservation initiative and has supported the North American Marine Protected Areas Network.

Doug has worked with many provincial, federal and international agencies and non-government organizations in Canada, which will aid NatureServe Canada in its efforts to develop new relationships. He also has ties to the private sector, as a former member of the Pulp and Paper Round Table, a sub-committee of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy, and as a lead participant in Canada's Whitehorse Mining Initiative, promoting social and environmental responsibility by the mining sector.

Doug replaces long-serving Executive Director Steve Curtis. Steve will continue to support the organization through the transition period and perhaps beyond. NatureServe Canada thanks Steve for his many years of committed service.

– NatureServe Canada Executive Director Search Committee:
Shane Ford, Peter Hulsman, Judy Soule and Ravi Shankar


Doug Hyde
Doug Hyde

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