The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Nature Reserve in Escuminac, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Nature Reserve in Escuminac, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Nature Conservancy of Canada appoints John F. Foley to Atlantic regional vice-president

May 24, 2017
Fredericton, New Brunswick


A Fredericton-area resident has been appointed regional vice-president with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the Atlantic provinces.

John Foley joined NCC in 1996. In his role as director of conservation, he spent more than 20 years helping build a strong team in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
With 26 full-time staff in the Atlantic provinces, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is planning to complete two dozen conservation projects across the region in the next year. These projects will protect close to 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares) of habitat. 

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting the environment, and at the Nature Conservancy of Canada we understand that we can’t wait for things to happen: we have to take the initiative,” says Foley. “I see our role at NCC as helping lead others to ensure the protection of the most ecologically significant and threatened habitats in our region. We have a chance to make a difference and the time to act is now.”

Foley is currently leading projects such as a planned expansion of the Musquash Estuary conservation area, west of Saint John, and conservation of coastal habitat for migratory birds on Grand Manan. He and his staff are also actively working on protecting a rare forest type found in western New Brunswick.

Foley is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick where he studied both forestry and biology. Originally from the Gaspé region of Quebec, Foley has had a life-long interest in wildlife conservation and protection of the natural environment. Foley and his wife, Fay, have two grown children, Ryan and Morgan.   

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect 2.8 million acres (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 74,000 acres (30,000 hectares) in the Atlantic provinces. For more information, visit

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Kathryn Morse
Director of Communications - Atlantic Provinces

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