WCS Canada

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Vision

WCS Canada envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

Our Mission

WCS Canada safeguards wildlife and wild places in Canada through science, conservation action, and inspiring people to value nature.

Our Values 

  • Respect: We treat co-workers, partners, and local communities in the places where we work with respect and dignity and show regard for the views and opinions of others.
  • Accountability and Transparency: We focus on results and measurable outcomes, take responsibility for our decisions and actions, and are honest about our successes and failures.
  • Innovation: We evaluate established ideas and practices, learn from experience, and introduce new methods and concepts.
  • Diversity and inclusion:  We value staff and community partners from all backgrounds and cultures with different skills, abilities, and perspectives; we ensure that everyone has an opportunity to fully contribute to our mission.
  • Collaboration: We embrace teamwork and encourage people, organizations, and jurisdictions to work together to develop solutions to the world’s conservation challenges.
  • Integrity: We act in a manner consistent with our core values and charitable mission and uphold the highest standards of honesty and ethical behaviour.

Our Conservation Successes

  • WCS Canada research on habitat use by caribou and grizzly bear demonstrated the need to expand Nahanni National Park. In 2009 the federal government followed our recommendations, increasing the park size sevenfold -- from 4,766 sq. km to 30,745 sq. km.
  • Research by WCS Canada on the ecological importance of the Flathead River Valley, on the B.C.-Montana border, led to a ban on mining and oil and gas exploration in the upper basin.
  • WCS Canada’s Dr. Don Reid was a special advisor to the Peel Watershed Commission, which recommended protection for 81% of this pristine Yukon watershed, based on his conservation assessment.
  • WCS Canada played a major role guiding the development of a National Recovery Strategy for Boreal Caribou. This groundbreaking plan will benefit many boreal species.
  • WCS Canada has advised the Province of Ontario on development of conservation legislation, including the Endangered Species Act and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Act, by ensuring both acts were based on solid conservation science.

Our Finances

WCS Canada audited financial statements are available for the last three fiscal years. Our fiscal year ends 30th June annually. As all charities are required to do, we report additional financial information to the Canada Revenue Agency annually.


For more information please contact our Director of Finance and Operations, Gillian Woolmer.

Key Staff

Justina C. Ray
WCS Canada President & Senior Scientist


WCS Canada
344 Bloor Street West, Suite 204 Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3A7
(416) 850-9038