Meet incoming ED Mike Walton
Message from the Board:
The YCS Board of Directors is thrilled to be heading into 2018 – the Peel Watershed saga is moving into final consultations, our mining and energy programs are ramping up and it is our organization's 50th anniversary. When our incredible Executive Director, Christina Macdonald, decided to step down, we began searching for someone who could take on this integral role as we move into a milestone year – someone with strong leadership skills, deep knowledge of conservation, and most importantly, the ability to connect with you, our members, to understand your priorities for the future of environmental protection in the Yukon. We are happy to announce that our search is complete.
We would like to introduce our incoming Executive Director, Mike Walton. Mike is a natural fit to take YCS into the future in a strong and reflective way. We are excited to welcome him on March 12th when he will start to work with Christina to ensure a smooth transition. Please stop by to meet Mike and get to know our new leader! Our door is always open.
YCS Board of Directors
Message from Mike:
It is with delight that I address the membership of the Yukon Conservation Society and other YCS supporters for the first time as your incoming Executive Director. It is a role that is inspiring, exciting and quite frankly humbling given the Society’s grass root history and long time advocacy for Yukon conservation.
There is no mistaking the leadership role YCS has played and is playing in raising awareness of Yukoners and Canadians about threats to the land, water, and wildlife of the Yukon, and the critical role humans play in determining the future of our planet.
From my early days as a park warden and park naturalist to senior roles in government protected areas, I have enjoyed sharing the beauty and wonder of the natural world with local residents or visitors. While working in the Yukon as Manager, Resource Conservation with Parks Canada between 2001 and 2008, I witnessed and experienced first hand the special connection people have with Yukon’s natural environment. It is one that gives voice to the importance of the natural world and our love for it.
Now, after a decade away, returning to the Yukon feels like coming home. Robert Service is right. There is a spell and we are thrilled to be under it. I will do my best to represent the priorities of YCS as we move forward from the Society’s incredible half-century marker.
Mike Walton, PhD