Toronto event celebrates women’s leadership in nature conservation

TORONTO, ON – 21 November 2014 – On November 24th, Miller Thomson will be hosting a reception in their Toronto law office to honour and recognize the founding members of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative, including CEPA President and CEO Brenda Kenny. This celebration marks the culmination of Nature Canada’s initial goal to bring together 75 founding members of Women for Nature in concert with the organization’s 75th anniversary. The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Senator Nancy Greene Raine are among the Women for Nature who will be present at the event.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate a diverse group of women who have chosen to join Nature Canada in championing nature,” said Eleanor Fast, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “These women are incredibly influential and they are at the heart of our efforts to engage and empower Canadians to save species, protect habitats and connect children to nature.”

The Women for Nature initiative brings together the leadership, knowledge, experience and passion of amazing women across Canada who are committed to nature. Having reached the goal of 75 members in time for Nature Canada’s 75th anniversary, the Women for Nature members have set an ambitious goal to be 150 women strong by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

About Nature Canada

Nature Canada was founded in 1939 because of the passion and initiative of Mabel Frances Whittemore, a teacher and nature lover whose main goal in life was to share her passion for nature with others. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of more than 45,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country and with affiliates in every province. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat as well as engage hundreds of thousands of Canadians in nature through its activities. CEPA represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate about 110,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States. These energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.