Canadian Committee, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Growing the voice of Nature through collaboration and leadership is a hallmark of Dawn’s personal and professional core. In her role, as the first woman to hold the position of Executive Director for the Canadian Parks Council, Dawn advises senior executives in Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial park agencies, and leads initiatives to expand and support a pan-Canadian conservation community. With over 20 years of experience in parks and protected areas, Dawn’s passion extends into volunteer roles on three International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commissions, and board and advisory positions with the Canadian National Committee for the IUCN and two Canadian Youth Service Corps programs. In 2020, Dawn joined the boards of directors for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree Canada. Dawn is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature network and is the principal owner and CEO of CarrPark.ca – a national consultancy that helps park and protected area organizations and networks achieve their potential. Dawn holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts focused on protected area planning and management from the University of Waterloo.