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Stephen Legault

Stephen Legault is the Steering Committee Chair for the Crown Conservation Initiative. Based in Canmore, Alberta, Stephen is a twenty-year veteran of large landscape conservation efforts in the Crown of the Continent. He was a co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, where he serves as the Program Director for the Crown, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Stephen was also the founder and Executive Director of and is a former director of The Alberta Wilderness Association, the Bow Valley Naturalists and BC Conservation Voters. He is a writer, photographer, hiker, climber and trail runner. He is the father of two boys.

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Regan Nelson

Regan Nelson has been leading CCI’s climate adaptation program work since 2013, serving as one of CCI’s key consultants based out of Bozeman, Montana. Regan spearheaded CCI’s Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis, and has been active in working with the Crown Adaptation Partnership to deliver on the recommendations emerging from her novel work. Regan has spent the last 15 years advocating for conservation in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and she specializes in bridging science and policy. Her other clients and past employers include the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Ocean Foundation, the National Park Service, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Aspen Institute, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Northwest.

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Connie Simmons

Connie Simmons is the Crown Program Coordinator at Y2Y. Connie has been actively involved in watershed stewardship, environmental education, and conservation initiatives for over 30 years.  She has a Bachelor of Physical Education (Outdoor and Environmental Education, University of Alberta), and a Ph.D. (Dept. of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta) within the discipline of environmental ethics and conservation history.  Connie has worked as coordinator for the First Nations-led Keepers of the Athabasca; as Executive Director of the Athabasca Watershed Planning and Advisory Council; and as Planning Manager with the Oldman Watershed Council to complete the Oldman Headwaters Action Plan 2014.

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