Who We Are

The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVC Foundation) is the charitable arm of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Established in 1964, the CVC Foundation exists to inspire people and organizations to donate to support CVC’s vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.

Our Mission

To raise funds and awareness in support of the conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation that protect, connect and sustain the health and well-being of the watershed and its communities.

Realizing Our Mission

As emerging leaders in local environmental fundraising, the CVC Foundation aspires to raise $5 Million dollars in 5 years (2016-2020) through our Protect, Connect, Sustain Campaign in support of CVC’s vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. 2019 concludes the fourth year of our five-year, $5 million Protect, Connect, Sustain Campaign. We are thrilled to report that as of December 31, 2019, your generosity raised $5.43 million, exceeding our campaign goal. With one year remaining, we’re inspired by the continual need to do more for our environment and the communities we serve.

Our previous campaign, Landscapes for Life, was launched in 2012 with the goal of raising $2.5 Million in 5 years (2012-2016). Thanks to the tremendous generousity of our our donors, we exceeded the campaign goal by $1 million dollars in just four years! The Landscapes for Life Campaign was then retired one year earlier than anticipated in 2015 with an achievement of $3,511,057 dollars raised. 95% of the funds raised ($3,342,781 dollars) were invested in CVC programs and projects.

Key CVC programs funded by our donors through the CVC Foundation include: Conservation Youth Corps, Land Acquisition, Credit Valley Trail and the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail.

Our Goal

Our goal is to improve the local environment for the well-being of our communities by supporting and enabling CVC to achieve the following strategic directions:

  • Secure new conservation lands to protect their benefit to the environment and connect more people with nature.
  • Build capacity for our education programs to increase environmental literacy among youth, adults and new Canadians
  • Train, mentor and inspire youth to be future environmental champions.
  • Work with our partners to develop a Credit Valley Trail that connects the waterfront to the headwaters, celebrates our shared local history and creates a strong sense of place and emotional connection to the Credit River and its valley.
  • Develop and maintain trail systems with accessible options within our conservation areas that connect to other trail systems and features of historic, cultural and environmental importance.

Board of Directors

The CVC Foundation board is a group of environmentally-committed individuals dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support an environmentally healthy watershed for economically and socially sustainable communities.

Karen is Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Mississauga. Prior to the 2014 Municipal Election, Karen was the Director of Corporate Relations for Enersource Corporation, past Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade and worked in the Ontario Government in a variety of roles including media spokesperson and advisor to a number of Ministers in the Ministries of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Environment, Management Board, Ontario Realty Corporation, Women’s Issues, Seniors Issues and Citizenship & Immigration.

Ed is CEO, Arundell Solutions Inc. and Past Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister for Health and Long Term Care. He has led a multi-million dollar multinational consulting office and has been a senior executive both in Canada’s largest public sector ministries and in private global firms. In 1994 as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business he completed a Master’s Degree in business.

Jim served for more than 35 years with the Toronto Police Services as Sergeant and Communications Spokesperson. He is currently a Police Sciences Instructor at Humber College. He is the Past Chair of Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region where he volunteered for 21 years. Jim has been with the CVC Foundation since 2006 and has been instrumental in the success of our Annual Conservation Gala.

Deborah is the Chief Administrative Officer at Credit Valley Conservation Authority. Her 30-year career in the environmental community includes both private sector consulting and public sector, in-the- field postings. She holds her Masters Degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Bob has spent most of his thirty-year career in senior finance positions with the Bank of Montreal, CIBC and Home Depot.  Most recently, he was President of a start-up in the energy storage business with a mandate to bring the Tesla Powerwall home battery to the Canadian market.

Brad has more than sixteen years of senior management experience with specific experience in the areas of service delivery, organizational design, business development, relationship management, and financial management. Following his time with Private Career Colleges, Brad became the Managing Director of Ontario Parks wherein he worked with intergovernmental, community, Indigenous and private sector partners to serve over 10 million clients every year.

Dave has over 42 years’ experience in watershed management including the management of the development of integrated watershed strategies with both TRCA and CVC. Dave also managed the initiation of the Humber Watershed Strategy and fundraising efforts of over 1.5 million dollars for development of the Natural Heritage Strategy. Dave is currently the Chair of the CVC Foundation Land Securement Cabinet.

Ellen is CEO and Owner of Fielding Environmental, an award-winning Canadian clean tech company specializing in producing high-quality recycled chemicals. Ellen is a seasoned leader in the environmental recycling industry. Recognized for her accomplishments in business, Ellen was named the 2010 Business Person of the Year by the Mississauga Board of Trade. She is also profiled in the book – Most Amazing Women of Peel.

Jean has been an active partner with CVC during more than 40 years of distinguished service to the Rattray Marsh Protection Association (RMPA) and the environmental community. Among the testaments of Mrs. Williams’ service to the environmental community are the awards bestowed upon her from CVC, Conservation Halton, the City of Mississauga, Ontario Nature and the Governor General.

Johanna is Ward 2 Councillor for the Town of Caledon. A life-long resident of Caledon, honours graduate from Guelph Humber, active community volunteer, wife, and mother of four. She strongly supports planning principles that feature active transportation, community hubs and green spaces. Johanna was first elected in October 2014 and is serving her second term representing Ward Two as Regional Councillor.

Fundraising Committees

Our work is supported and greatly accomplished through our local fundraising groups and committees.

Our local fundraising groups are sub-committees of the Foundation Board. They identify opportunities and/or methods to raise funds in support of specific, board approved projects and take the lead in championing and implementing those fundraising efforts.

Friends of Conservation Area Groups

Other Fundraising Committees

  • Land Securement Cabinet Conservation
  • Gala Committee
  • Credit Valley Trail Fundraising & Community Engagement

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