Grassy Place, NL (Photo by Aare Voitk)

Grassy Place, NL (Photo by Aare Voitk)

Nature Conservancy of Canada pays tribute to late Dr. Angus Bruneau

February 19, 2017
St. John's, NL


St. John’s resident was founding board member in Atlantic provinces

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is remembering a major volunteer and supporter here in the province. Dr. Angus Bruneau of St. John’s has passed away at the age of 81.  

Since 1993, Bruneau and his wife Jean supported the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s efforts to set aside important wilderness, wetlands, forests and coastal shoreline areas.

In addition to being one of the founding board members in the Atlantic Region for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Bruneau generously gave to a number of key NCC projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They include conservation areas at Maddox Cove, the Grand Codroy Valley and a major 3,800-acre (1,538-hectare) jewel called The Grassy Place on the headwaters of Robinsons River (near Stephenville Crossing).

Vice-president for Nature Conservancy of Canada in the Atlantic Region, John Foley, says Bruneau was heavily involved in helping the organization gain traction in the four provinces. 

“In addition of his love of the natural beauty of Atlantic Canada and his home of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Bruneau made a major contribution to our organization. He was very much an advocate for our science-based approach to identifying and protecting habitats for wildlife and plants while making sure these areas may be used by people to enjoy them for recreation,” said Foley.

Foley, along with NCC’s Newfoundland and Labrador program director Lanna Campbell, are expressing sympathies to the Bruneau family and those close to them.

“Dr. Angus and Jean Bruneau have made lifelong contributions to conservation in this province. We are grateful for their time, counsel and financial support that has allowed our organization to preserve areas for today and future generations,” said Campbell.

Dr. Bruneau was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1983 and was a recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. He was a leader in energy, science and innovation, research and development.   Bruneau was the first president and chief executive officer of Fortis Inc., was president and CEO of Newfoundland Light and Power Co. (Newfoundland Power). He was also a vice-president at Memorial University and was the founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  

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 to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) coast to coast, including over 13,450 acres (5,443 hectares) across Newfoundland and Labrador.

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