NCC staff exploring Flathead, BC (Photo by NCC)

NCC staff exploring Flathead, BC (Photo by NCC)

Senior Staff

  • John Lounds, president & CEO (Photo by Simon Wilson)John Lounds
    President & CEO


    John joined NCC as its chief executive officer in October 1997. Under his leadership, NCC has further defined its unique role as an organization that works with individuals and groups across Canada to find creative conservation solutions.

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  • Bob Alexander, corporate secretary to the board of directors (Photo by NCC)Bob Alexander
    Corporate Secretary to the Board


    Bob Alexander is the corporate secretary to the Board of Directors at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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  • Michael Bradstreet, Senior Vice-president, New Conservation Strategies (Photo courtesy of Michael Bradstreet)Michael Bradstreet
    Senior Vice-president, New Conservation Strategies


    Michael joined NCC in 2005 as the regional vice-president for Ontario. In 2007, he became vice-president of conservation operations for NCC and in 2016 he became the senior vice-president for new conservation strategies. He continues to raise funds and direct land securement and stewardship initiatives across Canada.

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  • Jane Gilbert, vice-president, public relations and communications (Photo by Adrian Fiebig)Jane Gilbert
    Vice-president, Public Affairs and Communications


    Jane Gilbert is the Nature Conservancy of Canada's chief storyteller. This was a "natural" extension of her previous career as an award-winning science journalist and television producer.

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  • Stewart Hardacre, Vice-president, corporate services (Photo by Martha Hardacre)Stewart Hardacre
    Vice-president, Corporate Services


    Stewart Hardacre is responsible for delivery of efficient and effective finance, administration, information management and technology, human resources, legal, insurance and risk management services in support of national and regional leadership teams across Canada.

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  • Lisa McLaughlin, Vice-president, conservation policy & planning (Photo by NCC)Lisa McLaughlin
    Vice-president, Conservation Planning and Policy


    Lisa McLaughlin is responsible for ensuring that NCC's land, acquisition and management activities are guided by strategic priorities informed by the best-available information.

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  • Kamal Rajani, chief financial officer (Photo by Peter Mintz)Kamal Rajani
    Chief Financial Officer


    Kamal Rajani has been with NCC since July 2003. Kamal has overseen the update of NCC's financial reporting systems and has helped increase the organization's capacity countrywide to support the growing needs of the organization.

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  • Mark Rittinger (Photo courtesy Mark Rittinger)Mark Rittinger
    Vice-president, Development and Marketing


    Mark Rittinger is thrilled to be serving as NCC's vice-president, development and marketing. Previous to his most recent position with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mark has served primarily with two internationally ranked and renowned business schools in both Canada and the United States during his 22-plus-year career in development.

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  • Linda Stephenson, Vice-president, Regional Operations (Photo courtesy of Linda Stephenson)Linda Stephenson
    Vice-president, Regional Operations


    Linda Stephenson joined NCC in November of 1998, with the responsibility of establishing an office for Atlantic Canada in Fredericton. Under Linda's leadership, NCC's presence in Atlantic Canada has grown and thrived, attracting the positive attention and support of government, corporations, foundations and individuals.

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  • Wendy Cridland, acting regional vice-president, OntarioWendy Cridland
    Acting Regional Vice-president, Ontario Region


    Wendy Cridland has been with NCC since 2006. She is currently acting regional vice-president, Ontario Region.

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  • Bob Demulder (Photo by NCC)Bob Demulder
    Regional Vice-president, Alberta Region


    Bob Demulder has over 30 years’ experience working in the resource management sectors of Western Canada, helping governments and industry improve their environmental performance and standards.

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  • John Foley, regional vice-president, AtlanticJohn Foley
    Regional Vice-president, Atlantic Region


    John Foley joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in 1996 and has spent more than 20 years helping build a strong Atlantic team while serving as the director of conservation for the Atlantic Region.

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  • Linda Hannah, British Columbia regional vice president (Photo by NCC)Linda Hannah
    Regional Vice-president, British Columbia Region


    Linda Hannah worked for more than two decades in the British Columbia provincial public sector with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental management in senior management capacities.

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  • Jean Laporte (Photo courtesy Jean Laporte)Jean Laporte
    Regional Vice-president, Quebec Region


    Jean Laporte joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada in the fall of 2017 as regional vice-president, Quebec Region. In his role, he will contribute his management and business development expertise to strengthen the presence and actions of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec.

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  • Jeff Polakoff, regional vice president, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)Jeff Polakoff
    Regional Vice-president, Manitoba Region


    Jeff has a broad range of experience in senior positions in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining NCC, he also served as CEO of a Crown corporation, deputy minister, assistant deputy minister and executive director in the public sector in areas related to municipal affairs, Crown land, northern development, housing and cost-shared agreement management and negotiation.

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  • Mark Wartman (Photo by NCC)Mark Wartman
    Regional Vice-president, Saskatchewan Region


    Mark joined NCC's Saskatchewan Region in early August 2014. He brings a wealth of leadership and expertise to the Region's dynamic and fulfilling work. Mark has extensive experience in fundraising, government relations and business development.

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