The Canadian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CCIUCN) is calling for nominations to join its board of directors in 2022 (self-nominations accepted).  If you have a passion for conservation and would like to be involved in a national committee that aims to inform, connect and promote conservation actions in Canada, we would love to hear from you!  Please click here for the nominations form, and here for a candidates guide Submissions in English and French are welcome; board business primarily occurs in English.  Nominations are due no later than December 13th, 2021 and all inquiries and submissions should be sent to

A nominations committee consisting of 4 board members and observers will be reviewing submissions and a slate will be recommended for the board to endorse prior to being elected at the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) (date to be determined).  No nominations will be accepted from the floor during the AGM.  Candidates accepted for approval at the AGM will be notified in advance and each must be members of the CCIUCN prior to acceptance.  Should attendance at the AGM (virtual or in-person) not be possible, candidates will be asked to accept in writing before the AGM.

We look forward to hearing from you!

IUCN Councillor Report

Secretariat Changes

Three areas of emphasis
o Efficiency
o Re-thinking finances
o Tightening coherence across departments

Structural Changes
o Shift from zero Deputy Director Generals to five, with oversight responsibilities in the following areas: Finance, Regions, Corporate Services, Programme. Biodiversity Conservation.
Strengthening engagement with Members
o No longer solely responsibility of the Membership Unit but is shared across all five divisions and each department

Management Response to External Review of IUCN Governance
• Comprehensive Review of governance practice and processes carried out every four years by independent consultant at mid-point of each Council’s term
• 50 Recommendations under the “People” section alone

A few of these include:
o Professionalize risk thinking and building capabilities at Bureau and Council o Establish process focusing on strategic outlook taking the next 20 years into consideration, leading to new strategy for the Union, tied to the financial strategy
o Strengthen accountability of Commission performance, including systematic reviews
o Strengthen independence of Head of Oversight to dual reporting to Head of Finance and Audit Committee and to the Director General

Applications Now Open: ’21-’22 Youth Ambassadors

Are you a passionate young leader interested in conservation? The Canadian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (CCIUCN) is looking for youth volunteers (18-30 years old) to become 2021-2022 CCIUCN Youth Ambassadors. The successful Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to contribute to many different projects over the two year term and as a result, hone their transferable skills, such as networking, project coordination and youth engagement. Successful applicants will work alongside the Young Professionals Committee to connect youth to nature and the CCIUCN through activities like taking on a leadership role at the IUCN Global Youth Summit, and helping to establish the Young Canadian  Professional Network for Conservation.  

The CCIUCN values the participation of young people from all different realities and cultural communities in Canada, as such there is funding and resources available to alleviate any barriers to participating in this program (i.e. technological support, translation or interpretation etc…). If you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to us at


  • Youth Ambassadors will be 18-30 years old, and Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Value will be placed on finding candidates to reflect Canada’s diversity – including varying geograpies, cultures, genders, and experiences. 
  • Youth Ambassadors should have strong leadership qualities. 
  • Strong interest in conservation and/or related activities
  • Fluency in one of IUCN’s official languages and working knowledge of English is expected. Fluency in more than one of the languages is an asset. 
  • Participants must be willing to commit to a minimum of 5 hours/week for a full 2 year term beginning in March of 2021 and ending in December 2022.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on February 15th, 2021.

Please contact if you have any questions about the position or application process.