Board of Directors

The Centre for Land Conservation is overseen by a Board of Directors and managed by staff whose collective skills include expertise and experience in land conservation and policy, not-for-profit governance, government relations, communications, funding, and management.

Nathalie Pratte (Chair)

Montréal, QC

Nathalie is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and a certified business administrator (ASC) having completed a certificate in business governance at Laval university in 2009. After a career in forestry engineering and financial analysis, she founded Envirostrategies Consulting Group in 1995 to offer consulting services in environmental management and strategy to large Canadian corporations. After a decade, she gradually left the consulting business to develop a new career through board memberships. She has been an active board member and committee member of various not-for-profit organizations as well as crown corporations and private companies. She has been involved with Nature Conservancy of Canada since 2007 and has served as Chair of the National Board from 2013 to 2015 and Chair of the Quebec Board from 2011 to 2013. She was treasurer and Chair of the audit committee of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the Board of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation and the Quebec Heritage Foundation. Nathalie holds a MBA from McGill University, a Master’s degree in environmental sciences from UQAM and a bachelor’s degree in forestry engineering from Laval University. She is a member of the Quebec Order of Forestry Engineers.

Tim Sopuck

Winnipeg, MB

Tim has spent 28 years at the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, where the focus is habitat conservation in the agricultural landscape. For the last ten years he has served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his current employer, Tim worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education. Tim also service on the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Advisory Board and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Canada). Tim graduated from the University of Manitoba. Tim retired in September 2021.

Karen Cooper

Ottawa, ON

Karen practices charity and not-for-profit law with an emphasis on corporate and tax issues at Drache Aptowitzer LLP. After clerking at the Federal Court of Canada, she was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and became counsel for the Department of Justice in tax litigation. She then went to Lang Michener before becoming a Senior Rulings Officer with the Income Tax Rulings Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency. Karen has been recognized as a leading expert in charity and not-for-profit law by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada. Additionally, Karen is a sessional lecturer at Carleton University School of Business, a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and has worked as a consultant. Karen serves on the Board of Directors of the Kemptville District Hospital and serves a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and on the Executive of the Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Sections of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. Karen holds a B. Soc. Sc. (Honours Political Science and History), University of Ottawa, 1987, a LL.B., Cum Laude, University of Ottawa, 1992, and a LL.L. (Civil Law), Cum Laude, University of Ottawa, 1993.

Eliza Mitchell

Tatlayoko Lake, BC

Eliza is a cattle rancher in Tatlayoko Lake, a small community in the interior of British Columbia. She has served two terms on the national board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and now serves on the NCC regional board in British Columbia. She is also a director of The W Garfield Weston Foundation in Canada and the UK.

Brian Springinotic

Victoria, BC

Brian joined the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in 2004, becoming Executive Director in 2005. Since joining the Foundation, he has led the organization through a transition from government agency to the current status as an independent not for profit charitable foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Brian started his working career in the forest industry and then moved on to a career with the provincial government, including several years in the conservation land management field as well as protected area policy, planning and management work. He has a degree in Resource Geography from UVIC as well as an Education degree from UBC. Brian recently retired.

Alan Peatt

Penticton, BC

Alan has more than 40 years’ experience in fish-wildlife-forestry interactions.  He was the senior provincial wildlife/habitat biologist in the Okanagan from 1984 to 2000.  From 1981 to 1996, Alan was pivotal in securing both private and Crown lands for habitat conservation in the BC southern interior.  Some examples include Ginty’s Pond and Edward’s Pond wetlands; Skaha bighorn sheep properties; Antlers Saddle deer winter range; Swan Lake uplands; and many parcels now included in the South Okanagan Wildlife Management Area. Alan has built an extensive network of contacts and experience working with government, First Nations, non-government conservation organizations and industry. He is a Fellow and former director of the Association of Professional Biology. Alan is currently Executive Director of the Southern Interior Land Trust.

Tara Shea

Ottawa, ON

Tara joined the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) in 2010 and works closely with MAC members, stakeholders, Indigenous organizations and government decision-makers on policy issues related to Indigenous participation in mining, environmental regulations and wildlife conservation. In 2017, Tara was appointed to the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC). She was also an appointed member of the National Advisory Panel for the Pathway to Target 1. From 2010-2019, Tara was responsible for the management of MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. Tara is currently the Senior Director of Regulatory and Indigenous Affairs for the Mining Association of Canada.

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