Waterton Park Front, AB (Photo by Kevin Connolly)
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife, Reta. In 1924, Garfield inherited his father’s company. During his life, he established bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, food retailing, processing and distribution companies. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.
For three generations, The Foundation has maintained a family tradition of helping charitable organizations enhance the quality of life for Canadians. The Foundation currently focuses the majority of its funds on specific organizations that execute innovative work in the areas of education, land conservation and scientific research in Canada’s North.
Relationship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Foundation has helped protect Canada’s unique natural heritage in some of the most endangered areas across the country for the benefit of Canadians, now and in the future. These have included restoration of British Columbia’s Campbell River Estuary and the protection of more than 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of critical habitat at the Waterton Park Front in southwestern Alberta. In Manitoba, gifts from The Foundation have enabled NCC to protect more than 6,500 acres (2,630 hectares) of tall grass prairie habitat. Support has also led to the protection of more than 4,300 acres (1,740 hectares) of land in Southwestern Ontario’s Carolinian Canada and in Atlantic Canada, more than 86 per cent of the coastline around the Musquash Marine Protected Area.
For further information on the work of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, please visit westonfoundation.org/.