Lisa McLaughlin joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in 1999. She has held a variety of positions ranging from stewardship assistant to chief conservation officer. Currently, Lisa is the vice-president of conservation policy & planning for NCC. She is responsible for ensuring that NCC's land, acquisition and management activities are guided by strategic priorities informed by the best-available information. She is the lead liaison with many of NCC’s national and international partners, including government and not-for-profit organizations.
A biologist (BSc) and rural planner (MSc) by training, Lisa has more than 17 years' experience in the management of conservation lands and the governance of private land conservation organizations. She has been a board member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, vice-chair of the Canadian Land Trust Alliance, is currently a steering committee member of the International Land Conservation Network, a member of the Privately Protected Areas working group of the World Commission on Protected Areas, and serves as board chair of the Canadian Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In her free time, Lisa and her family enjoy cycling, hiking, canoeing, gardening and generally spending as much time as possible outside.