Ginny Hudson (Photo by Heidi Schissel)
Virginia (Ginny) Hudson
Manager of Conservation Planning and Stewardship
O: 1-877-231-3552 ext. 8226
How did you come to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada?
While completing my master of forest conservation, I was lucky enough to do some field visits to some of the NCC’s conservation areas. It was really inspiring to see restoration and conservation in action in these areas, and after seeing that work I knew I wanted to get involved and be a part of the team.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I have a master of forest conservation (MFC) with a collaborative program in environmental studies from the University of Toronto. While completing my MFC, I worked on Haida Gwaii for the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, conducting research on the structural habitat requirements of three at-risk birds in forested retention areas adjacent to cutblocks. Prior to this, I obtained a bachelor of education degree from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor of arts and science degree at Concordia University in Montreal, with a major in history and a minor in environmental geography.
My work experience includes working for the public, private and non-profit sector. This includes having worked as a resource technician for the Ontario Parks at Lake Superior Provincial Park, as an environmental technician for Strategic Natural Resource Consultants in Campbell River, and as a forest science extension specialist for FPInnovations and the Canadian Institute of Forestry in Vancouver.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
I am hoping to contribute to effective restoration and conservation-based decision making guided by science and local socio-cultural knowledge and methods. British Columbia is home to globally significant natural areas. NCC has a big role to play!
Describe a typical day at work.
My work is very diverse and dynamic: from working with other conservation staff on management and restoration plans, to communicating with partners and researchers, to overseeing stewardship work on our many conservation areas in the BC region.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
Outside of work, I spend my time camping, hiking, surfing, skiing and exploring the incredible natural spaces that BC has to offer.