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Articles by Ron Thiessen

Ron has worked professionally in the non-profit wilderness conservation field for over 20 years. He employs his experience in Aboriginal, media, public, industry, and government relations to achieve protected areas and safeguard wildlife.

Ron’s efforts in partnership with Indigenous communities has been instrumental in the establishment of several provincial parks and extended protection of park reserves.

His leadership was a key driver in achieving the legislative ban on commercial forestry in Manitoba’s provincial parks.

Ron has also negotiated with industry to defer logging in important habitats of threatened species and works with many involved on the east side of Lake Winnipeg toward large-scale conservation and sustainable communities.

He is also the founder of the Aboriginal Conservation Leaders Project, an initiative designed to provide an avenue for Aboriginal voices to be heard while inspiring people to get involved in boreal forest protection efforts.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Ron is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys photography and playing music.

CPAWS Manitoba adventures with Cree nation youth at colour-changing lake

Fifteen high school students as well as community members and educators from Mosakahiken Cree Nation are with CPAWS Manitoba and Twin River Travel this week at Little Limestone Lake; the world’s largest and most dramatic colour-changing marl lake

Reflections - World Parks Congress 2014, Sydney, Australia

Thirty-six thousand feet in a metal bird, gazing at the clouds below, I ponder my time at the Congress. My thoughts quickly drift to the grand size of the affair. Over 5,000 professionals from across the globe gathered to share what they know, andlearn more, about what we do. What we do, in one form or another, is labour to move the needle forward on conserving earth’s great natural lands and waters to ensure a healthy future for people and wildlife. A challenge, I believe, that is both motivating and unsettling at the same time.