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Articles by Éric Hébert-Daly

Eric has been CPAWS’ National Executive Director since April 2009. He was previously Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for one of Canada’s major political parties. Éric is fluently bilingual, a graduate of Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs, and a Certified Lay Worship Leader for the United Church. He has worked with municipal, regional and national groups across Canada and has focussed his attention on social justice, ecological and human rights issues throughout his career. Éric is an avid cyclist and hiker and has travelled extensively throughout Canada, with a particular interest in remote and northern regions from Labrador to Inuvik. He enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing and camping, as well as his home life shared with his partner on the north edge of Gatineau Park near Ottawa.

2017 started out strong and didn’t disappoint!


There have been times when I’ve heard CPAWS-ers say how much they appreciate working in a nationwide organization so that when success seems harder to achieve in their own backyard, we can still share in the celebration of hard-won victories in other parts of the country. This wasn’t one of those years.

When is ‘balance’ unbalanced?


I’m proud of the fact that Canadians are known for peacekeeping, hockey, and of course, our incredible wilderness. People around the world recognize Canadians for our disposition, too: we’re even-keeled, don’t fly off the handle, and are always seeking to find balance. These are commendable qualities. When it comes to protecting our land however, the word ‘balance’ has become a convenient cover for continuous encroachment and development. Let me explain why I’m concerned.

The divine word in biology


Exploring the ways that nature is speaking to us about human relationships. A sermon given by National Executive Director Éric Hébert-Daly to First Unitarian Congregation in Ottawa.

Six months in, we’ve already achieved so much together for Canada’s lands and waters


As we progress into summer, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the successes achieved in the first half of 2017. With our federal government’s commitment to protecting at least 17 per cent of our land and 10 per cent of our ocean by 2020 under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, we have been busier than ever!

Conservation, Parks Canada, and the Federal Budget


Over the past week we’ve been working to clarify what the federal budget provides for nature conservation. After conversations with federal officials we have a clearer idea, and some good news to share! We also have a few cautionary notes.

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