Group enjoys bird watching at NCC protected area on Brier Island, NS (Photo by NCC)

Group enjoys bird watching at NCC protected area on Brier Island, NS (Photo by NCC)

Doug Van Hemessen

Doug Van Hemessen

Doug van Hemessen

Stewardship manager, Atlantic region


Tel: 902-405-4334

Doug has worked with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) since March of 2013 and is based in Halifax.

His work with NCC stretches across the province from Cape Breton to Yarmouth to Brier Island to the Chignecto Isthmus and points between.

Learn more about the stewardship manager for the Atlantic region.

What is your educational background and previous experience?

DVH: I have a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in geography from Trent University. I worked with various conservation organizations and programs in southern Ontario before arriving in Nova Scotia, including the Carolinian Canada Coalition, Wetland Habitat Fund, Ducks Unlimited and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests.

What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?

DVH: I’d like to leave a legacy of good work and enhanced partner and landowner relations.

What are your hobbies/interests outside work?

DVH: I play music and I make photographic art.

What is your favourite Nova Scotian species and why?

DVH: I have many favourites but I’ll say bunchberry because for me it is the ubiquitous and quintessential Acadian forest plant.

What’s your favourite part of Nova Scotia?

DVH: It’s all beautiful and interesting but I have a warm spot for the bucolic landscapes of the Annapolis Valley and the North Shore.

What quote describes you the best?

“So it goes.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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