The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020. On this occasion, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) also celebrated the Foundation’s 30 years of conservation leadership, helping to protect some of Canada’s most ecologically significant places.
Since its first gift to NCC in 1989, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has generously supported hundreds of projects across Canada. In 1997, we jointly launched the Waterton Park Front Project, a 12,950-hectare (32,000-acre) initiative that changed the course of conservation in this country by providing the template for multiple Foundation-funded landscape-scale projects to follow, including the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, Musquash Estuary and Norfolk Forests and Long Point Wetlands.
More than 40,460 hectares (over 100,000 acres) of Canada's most ecologically significant forests, wetlands, grasslands, rivers and shorelines are permanently conserved as a direct result of the Foundation's gifts to conservation. Millions more hectares are benefiting from the Foundation’s investment in NCC's core science work. These are The W. Garfield Weston Foundation’s and NCC’s gifts to Canada and to the future. The Foundation's encouragement and willingness to challenge NCC to think bigger and better has helped us to grow our confidence in our mission and ourselves. We acknowledge in particular the leadership contributions of Camilla Dalglish, Garfield Mitchell and Eliza Mitchell, who have all served on NCC's Board of Directors. On behalf of all Canadians, our most sincere thanks to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife, Reta. In 1924, Garfield inherited his father’s company. During his life, he established bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, food retailing, processing and distribution companies. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.
For three generations, the Foundation has maintained a family tradition of helping charitable organizations enhance the quality of life for Canadians. The Foundation currently focuses the majority of its funds on specific organizations that execute innovative work in the areas of education, land conservation and scientific research in Canada’s North.
Relationship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Foundation has helped protect Canada’s unique natural heritage in some of the most endangered areas across the country for the benefit of Canadians, now and in the future. These have included restoration of British Columbia’s Campbell River Estuary and the protection of 13,000 hectares (more than 32,000 acres) of critical habitat at the Waterton Park Front in southwestern Alberta. In Manitoba, gifts from the Foundation have enabled NCC to protect 2,630 hectares (6,499 acres) of tall grass prairie habitat. Support has also led to the protection of 1,740 hectares (nearly 4,300 acres) of land in Southwestern Ontario’s Carolinian Canada and in Atlantic Canada, more than 86 per cent of the coastline around the Musquash Marine Protected Area.
For further information on the work of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, please visit westonfoundation.org/.