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Larry Simpson named one of Alberta’s most influential people

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Larry Simpson, who is from Pincher Creek, was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people of 2015.

Venture magazine last week named a southwestern Alberta man one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people of 2015.
Larry Simpson is director of strategic philanthropy and conservation, and associate regional vice-president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Simpson grew up near Pincher Creek, which gives him a unique perspective on what has become an important topic: the environment.
“The most valuable gift you can give to someone is the gift of health,” Simpson said. “By conserving healthy natural systems Nature Conservancy of Canada and its supporters are providing space for healthy communities, healthy businesses and healthy families.”
“Nature Conservancy of Canada properties are places for people to visit and connect with nature. For me, this is a great legacy to leave for future generations.”
As a recipient of the 2012 Emerald Award for environmental excellence, Simpson’s work has helped conserve over a million acres of land in Western Canada.
His work includes helping to facilitate the establishment of Old Crow Flats management area, Vuntut National Park, Grasslands National Park, Gwaii Haanas national marine conservation area reserve, Grasslands National Park and Mount Broadwood heritage conservation area.
Other highlights include the Waterton Park front project, protecting Christie Ridge, helping to get conservation easements legislation in provinces across Canada, helping to organize Nature Conservancy of Canada into strong regional programs, assisting in the creation of the Eco Gift program and the conservation of the Waldron Ranch.
Simpson recently celebrated 25 years at Nature Conservancy of Canada. He was the conservancy’s first employee in western Canada, and is the longest standing employee in Canada.
“Everything I’ve been able to accomplish throughout my career at Nature Conservancy of Canada is the result of help or support from someone else,” Simpson said. “Nature Conservancy of Canada’s conservation work and legacy has always been powered by our supporters, donors, and numerous employees who have worked tirelessly over the past 25 years.”
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.
Since 1962, Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7-million acres (1.1-million hectares), coast to coast.
Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 234,000 acres (94,700 hectares) of critical land in Alberta.

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