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FortWhyte Alive Welcomes New CEO Liz Wilson

Posted on November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018 – FortWhyte Alive announces the retirement of long-time leader Bill Elliott and the appointment of his successor Liz Wilson as President and Chief Executive Officer of the privately operated, charitable organization for environmental education, effective today.

“After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to announce Liz Wilson as President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Brian Thiessen, Chairman of FortWhyte Alive’s Board of Trustees.

“Liz is a natural leader and relationship builder with a proven track record of leadership experience -- and we know she is the right person to build on FortWhyte’s success and position in the community.”

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Bill for his tireless and inspired dedication to FortWhyte Alive over the past 35 years,” continued Thiessen.

“Under Bill’s visionary leadership we’ve witnessed the original ‘Fort Whyte Nature Centre’ evolve into Canada’s pre-eminent destination for environmental education and outdoor recreation. We are deeply grateful to Bill for his innumerable contributions to FortWhyte’s growth and success to date.”

“I’m thrilled that Liz is going to steward FortWhyte into its next 50 years,” said Bill Elliott. “Her experience, proven skills, and leadership abilities will serve FortWhyte and the broader community extremely well. We have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers to support Liz who are dedicated to providing innovative education and outdoor experiences -- and I am confident that Liz is the right person to lead FortWhyte through new frontiers.”

Wilson brings to FortWhyte an extensive background in the private sector combined with a rich variety of roles in the non-profit sector, having most recently served in fundraising and development with Ducks Unlimited Canada.

“I’m really excited to join FortWhyte and build upon the great organization that Bill and his team have developed,” said Liz Wilson. “FortWhyte Alive is in an exciting stage and there are many opportunities ahead. I can’t wait to get to work!”


Stewarding 660 acres of prairie, lakes, forest and wetlands, FortWhyte Alive is dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation, and social enterprise. In so doing, FortWhyte promotes awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions leading to sustainable living.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Carson, Marketing and Communications Manager
FortWhyte Alive
(204) 989-8355 x 220
[email protected]