The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society comprises the provinces and territories of Canada including Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon Territory.
The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society was formed in 2007. The mission of CSTWS is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education in Canada. Members are drawn from provincial, territorial and federal governments, universities and colleges, environmental and wildlife conservation groups, resource industries, First Nations and the general public, including scientists, managers, educators, students, technicians, planners, consultants and others interested in the management, conservation and study of wildlife populations and their habitats.
The CSTWS is governed by an Executive Board that includes the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Past President, and representatives of Provincial/Territorial and Student Chapters. A Canadian Section Representative provides liaison with TWS Council.
The CSTWS serves its members by providing opportunities for communication among members and Chapters within the Section through its website, newsletter, and Annual General Meeting. The CSTWS offers programs and services to members and Chapters within the Section such as webinars and job/student postings on its website. The CSTWS recognizes and commends outstanding work by wildlife professionals, organizations and agencies in Canada through the Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award, the TWS Distinguished Service Award and nominations for the many awards offered by TWS. The CSTWS also provides numerous Travel Awards for students to attend both the TWS Annual Conference and the Section AGM. The CSTWS facilitates the development and dissemination of information required to inform managers and the public concerning wildlife conservation and management in Canada, including periodic review and provision of comments to government or other responsible organizations to help inform decision making and policy development. The CSTWS also provides feedback to TWS on international wildlife management and conservation issues through the TWS Conservation Affairs Network.
A detailed history of Canadian involvement in TWS and the formation of the CSTWS was written by Merlin Shoesmith and published in the Fall 2012 issue of The Wildlife Professional. Read the article: Canada’s Ties to The Wildlife Society!
MORE ABOUT THE CANADIAN SECTION OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY
As leaders in wildlife science, management and conservation, CSTWS has a responsibility to address issues that affect the status of wildlife in Canada. Read some of our Position Statements here.