Alberta’s Venture magazine has just named Larry Simpson, director of strategic philanthropy and conservation, and associate regional vice-president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Alberta, one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people of 2015.
As a recipient of the 2012 Emerald Award for environmental excellence, Simpson’s work has helped conserve over a million acres of land in Western Canada. His work includes helping to facilitate the establishment of Old Crow Flats Management Area, Vuntut National Park, Grasslands National Park, Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, Grasslands National Park and Mount Broadwood Heritage Conservation Area.
Other highlights include; the Waterton Park Front Project, protecting Christie ridge, helping to get conservation easements legislation in provinces across Canada, helping to organize NCC into strong regional programs, assisting in the creation of the Eco Gift program, and possibly most impressive was the conservation of the Waldron Ranch.
Simpson grew up near Pincher Creek, Alta., which gives him a unique perspective on what has become an important topic: the environment.
“The most valuable gift you can give to someone is the gift of health. By conserving healthy natural systems NCC and its supporters are providing space for healthy communities, healthy businesses and healthy families. NCC properties are places for people to visit and connect with nature. For me, this is a great legacy to leave for future generations.” – Larry Simpson
Simpson recently celebrated 25 years at NCC. He was the first NCC employee in western Canada, and is the longest standing NCC employee in Canada.
“Everything I’ve been able to accomplish throughout my career at NCC is the result of help or support from someone else. NCC’s conservation work and legacy has always been powered by our supporters, donors, and numerous employees who have worked tirelessly over the past 25 years.” – Larry Simpson
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. NCC has conserved over 234,000 acres (94,700 hectares) of critical land in Alberta.