Cary Hamel (Photo by NCC)
Acting Director of Conservation
Cary Hamel is the acting director of conservation for the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Manitoba Region, where he oversees NCC's land protection, stewardship and management activities. A forest and prairie ecologist by training, he has more than 15 years of experience conducting field surveys and research and integrating knowledge to guide on-the-ground conservation action. He believes that the widespread adoption of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation by conservation practitioners will help accelerate success in addressing the largest conservation challenges of our time.
Cary recently became a Conservation Coaches Network coach, and he sits on Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife Species in Canada Vascular Plants Species Subcommittee. He has also served as president of the Friends of Birds Hill Park, on the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas steering committee and on the Manitoba Endangered Species and Ecosystem Advisory Committee.
Cary and his family live on a very small farm near Kirkness, Manitoba where he raises poultry and eggs and enjoys playing in the mud and snow.