Nancy Newhouse, regional vice-president, BC Region (Photo courtesy N. Newhouse)
How did you come to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
I have had a lifelong interest in conservation. I became particularly interested in private land conservation while doing a long-term project on badgers in the East Kootenay. I worked as the program manager for the Kootenay Conservation Program, where I really enjoyed the land securement aspects. I subsequently applied for a position with NCC. I've been with NCC since 2009.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I have a BSc and a master's of environmental design (MEDes). My thesis was titled Approaches to Promoting Conservation through Wildlife Viewing Programs. My husband and I ran our own consulting company for over 20 years. Our work included wildlife research, roadkill mitigation, park interpretation and habitat and wildlife planning. I am also a Certified Executive Coach.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
What makes BC incredible, I want to keep incredible forever. I would like to ensure that the amazing wildlife values found here, and the ecological services like clean water, clear air and carbon cycling, continue. I would like to find new and innovative approaches to conservation that can be used as a model globally.
Describe a typical day at work.
There is truly no typical day, and that is one of the things I love about my work. Many days are fully spent writing at a computer, answering emails and talking on the phone. On a few lucky days I might get to accompany our summer students to monitor Elk Valley conservation agreements, or watch the release of northern leopard frog tadpoles, or join in on the collaring of a grizzly bear near Darkwoods.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
I am a dabbler — I love to cook, walk, climb, paddle, play cards and spend time with my family and friends.