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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Rick Bates

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Executive Vice-President and CEO
Rick Bates is the CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canada’s largest conservation charity.  CWF has been a leader in experiential education and connecting people to nature for over 30 years. Through its educator professional development and youth involvement programs, CWF trained over a third of Canada’s classroom teachers in conservation education and engaged over one million youth in conservation projects. Mr. Bates was elected as IUCN Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean at the World Conservation Congress in September where he participated in a High Level Dialogue “Conservation 2.0: Empowering Next Generations.” CWF is also a core partner in the IUCN #NatureforAll movement to inspire a connection with nature.