DIRECTORY Non-Government Organizations

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Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute


ABMI tracks changes in Alberta’s wildlife and their habitats from border to border, and provide ongoing, relevant, scientifically credible information on Alberta’s living resources. For our province’s land use decision-makers. For Alberta’s future land stewards. For Albertans.

Contact Role
Tara Narwani Acting Director of the Information Centre


Alberta Ecotrust Foundation


AEF is a funder and capacity builder for environmental groups across Alberta. We invest in solutions that protect our natural systems. One of our major projects, Project Blue Thumb, is a multi-stakeholder social innovation Lab in the Red Deer River watershed designed to take a whole-systems approach to protecting water quality.

Contact Role
Rod Ruff Program Director
Amy Spark Environmental Program Coordinator


Projects Affiliates Description


Red Deer River Watershed Alliance


RBC Foundation

ConocoPhillips Canada

Red Deer and District Community Foundation

Alberta Culture and Tourism


 Project Blue Thumb: Action on Water Quality Issues is a social lab initiative co-convened by Alberta Ecotrust and the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. The lab team is made up of 29 committed change leaders from government, business, academia, the non-profit sector, and the public, who have come together around the question “How can we work together to maintain or improve surface and groundwater quality in the Red Deer River Watershed? ”

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

(Pan-Canadian –

Contact Role
Alison Ronson Executive Director, Northern Alberta Chapter

Telus World of Science Edmonton


TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) inspires life-long learning as we create a positive science and technology culture in our region. The science centre is a non-profit organization designed to motivate people to learn about and contribute to advances in science and technology to strengthen themselves, their families, and their community.


Contact Role
Allan Nursall Chief Executive Officer

Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark



Tumbler Ridge Geopark logo

The Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark (TRUGG), located along the Rocky Mountains in Northeastern BC, is a recognized territory of internationally significant geoheritage. With dozens of world-class palaeontological discoveries, including the world’s only tyrannosaurid trackways, and breathtaking trails to the base of waterfalls taller than Niagara and moving through alpine meadows in the midst of glaciers, caves, and wild rock walls, the TRUGG offers an outstanding landscape to be explored.

The Global Geopark Network was formed at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 2004, and UNESCO formally adopted Global Geoparks in 2015 as a new program for earth heritage, alongside World Heritage Sites and Man and the Biosphere Reserves. There are currently 127 UNESCO Global Geoparks worldwide, with only two Geoparks in Canada – Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark in St. John, New Brunswick, and Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark. The geological heritage sets Geoparks apart from World Heritage and Biosphere sites, and together all three site designations celebrate the world’s cultural, biological and geological diversity while promoting sustainable development.

As a UNESCO designation, the TRUGG is committed to ongoing scientific research, in addition to public education and community outreach. Opportunities for research in our Geopark are broad, as we are relatively unknown and wild. With extensive National Parks along the Rockies to the south and the Muskwa Kechika Management Area to the north, we are an important gap in the knowledge along the Rocky Mountain corridor.

The beating heart of a vast, wild and diverse ecosystem, the Hart ranges of northeastern British Columbia are the last wild landscape in a sea of development, and are sanctuary to 37 threatened and endangered species. Characterized by rolling hills with highly variable terrain, ranging from low-elevation pine and white spruce forests at lower levels to alpine tundra above 2500 metres, the area boasts mature and old growth forests, spectacular geological formations, alpine meadows, and impressive water features such as lakes, waterfalls and rich wetlands. Mighty rivers rise in the glacial highlands; including the Peace and the Pine, the Murray and the McGregor—sources of drinking water to many communities in B.C. and beyond. The lack of extensive road networks and industrial footprint gives this band of relatively intact land extending north-south along these mountains national and international ecological significance as the last contiguous intact forest landscape in the Peace.

Contact Role
Sarah Waters Executive Director

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

(Banff, Alberta –

Contact Role
Vincent Varga Museum Director

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

(Pan-Canadian –

Contact Role
Donald G. Reid Conservation Zoologist

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

(Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and USA –

Contact Role
Jodi A. Hilty President and Chief Scientist
Aerin Jacob Conservation Scientist and Liber Ero Fellow
Harvey Locke Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor

Yukon Invasive Species Council

(Whitehorse, Yukon –

Contact Role
Maxine White Director