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CPAWS welcomes new National Executive Director

  • Published on Apr 27 2009 |
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CPAWS Board of Trustees President Sherri Watson is pleased to welcome Éric Hébert-Daly as the organization’s new national executive director.  Éric will begin his new responsibilities on April 20th, 2009. 

Having worked in progressive social and political movements for two decades, Éric brings significant senior management skills in capacity building and financial management to CPAWS. Most recently as the National Director of the Federal New Democratic Party, formerly its Chief Financial Officer, as well as five years as Communications Assistant for a Member of Parliament, the breadth and depth of Éric’s experience is considerable.  He proved himself managing this complex pan-Canadian organization with multi-million dollar annual budgets and a diverse and passionate membership, and tripling fundraising.  He garnered respect from people across the nation and his national staff team, while moving the whole organization through significant changes.  

Éric is fluently bilingual, a graduate of Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs, and is a Certified Lay Worship Leader for the United Church. He has worked with municipal, regional and national groups across Canada and has focussed his attention on social justice, ecological and human rights issues throughout his career.

In announcing the new NED, Sherri said, “We are pleased to have Éric’s financial acumen and his proven track record of capacity building as part of our organization. As well, his passion for Canada’s wilderness has been an essential part of his work in politics and in his personal life. He has travelled our country extensively and understands the urgent need to focus on protecting wildlife and habitat”. Sherri noted that “Éric’s roots in public policy development and public affairs will be strong assets for CPAWS as we continue to make conservation gains.”

Éric is an avid cyclist and hiker and has travelled extensively throughout Canada, with a particular interest in remote and northern regions from Labrador to Inuvik. He enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing and camping, as well as his home life shared with his partner on the north edge of Gatineau Park near Ottawa. 

CPAWS wishes to thank Ellen Adelberg, who served us so well as Acting National Executive Director during the hiring process. 

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