Voices of QLF Webinar Series

Following a fun and successful inaugural season, QLF is pleased to present Season Two of our webinar series Voices of QLF.

Each episode features QLF Alumni, staff, and friends from our home region and around the world who will share their inspiring stories of conservation and stewardship. By sharing their unique chapter of the organization’s compelling story the panelists strengthen the connections linking QLF’s diverse, global constituency.

Below you’ll find links to register for our upcoming episodes, as well as the video recordings of our past episodes.  If you’d like to join our mailing list, please contact us at QLF@QLF.org.

Webinar Recordings of Season 2

Episode 5 – April 2022

Larry Morris and numerous Alumni share the Spirit of QLF through a behind-the-curtain look at the evolution of QLF and several of its marquee programs.  Expect stories, some colorful, about mission, love of place, friendship, service, commitment, trust, and teamwork.

Guests include QLF President Emeritus Larry Morris and QLF Alumni Leslie Van Gelder, Katie Bootsma, Jock Conyngham, Greig Cranna, Jenny Macaulay, Patrick McCloskey, Kiragu Mwangi, and Heather Walter.


Episode 4 – February 2022

Mixing elements of adventure, religion and service, the aviation ministry of the Rev. Robert A. Bryan gave wing to the organization we know today as the Quebec-Labrador Foundation.  Join Bob’s flying and ministerial alumni as they share stories of those early days establishing vital connections with the once remote communities of the Quebec North Shore.

Our guests are Kerry Bryan Brokaw, Tom Matthews, the Rev. Ed Miller, Philip Nadeau, and R.L. Smith.


Episode 3 – December 2021

Profiles of three prominent conservation leaders from the South American countries of Brazil, Colombia, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.  Each, in their own way, has managed to protect their country’s rich biodiversity on a large landscape scale despite the inherent cultural, political, and socio-economic challenges.  Discussion topics include conservation leadership by Indigenous communities, stewardship of privately protected areas, and innovative public/private partnerships in conservation. 

QLF Alumni: Denise Rambaldi, Director, Macaé de Cima Environmental Protected Area/INEA, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Guillermo Rodriguez-Navarro, Consultant in Cultural and Environmental Affairs and Co-Founder, Pro-Sierra Nevada de SANTA Foundation, Colombia; Monica Calvopina, Protected Areas Management, Galapagos Islands and Brent Mitchell, QLF Senior Vice President.


Episode 2 – November 2021

By numerous measures the Central American country of Belize is a conservation success story.  While not without challenges, public, private and not-for-profit organizations have formed alliances to engage local communities (including indigenous peoples), balance economic development and conservation, and share stewardship of the country’s rich array of biologically diverse protected lands and marine resources.

Guest Panelists:  Wil Maheia, Conservation Activist and Founder, Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE); Nellie Catzim, Consultant on Oceans Governance, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Eddie Romero, Executive Director, Programme for Belize; and Jessica Brown, former QLF Senior Vice President, International Programs, and Executive Director, New England Biolabs Foundation (MA).  Brent Mitchell, QLF Senior Vice President, will join the panel and host the webinar.

 


Episode 1 – September 2021

Panelists share their thoughts and perspectives on the actionable agendas that emanated from the IUCN World Conservation Congress (September 2021, Marseille, France) and interpret key trends in conservation articulated by the more than 10,000 professionals attending the Congress (on-site and online).

Guest Panelists: Sue Stolton, Principal, Equilibrium Research (UK); Nigel Dudley, Principal, Equilibrium Research (UK); Brent Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Quebec-Labrador Foundation

 


 Webinar Recordings of Season 1

Highlights of Episode 7

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 7 – April 2021

Learn about the origins of QLF in the 1960s from several of the first Volunteers to serve in the once remote fishing communities on the Quebec North Shore and communities along Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula.

QLF Alumni: Clare McMorris, Chair, Board of Directors, QLF – U.S.; Ed Miller, Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, QLF – U.S.; Philip Nadeau, Chairman, Board of Directors, QLF – Canada; Richard Berlin; Candace Cochrane; and Bill Dennett.


Highlights of Episodes 4-6

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 6 – March 2021

Learn about the origins of Catalonia, Spain’s innovative land trust movement from the people who created it. Topics include formation of regional networks and the stewardship of protected land.

QLF Alumni: Marta Subirà, Secretary of Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia; Miquel Rafa, Director of Territory and Environment, Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation; and Jordi Pietx, consultant specializing in socio-environmental challenges.


Episode 5 – February 2021

Hear the fascinating story of the conservation movement in the Czech Republic following the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Topics include building civil society from the grassroots level, creating dynamic partnerships, empowering women, and private initiatives for conservation.

QLF Alumni: Blažena Hušková, founding Executive Director, Foundation for the Jizera Mountains; and Miroslav “Mirek” Kundrata, Strategic Development Initiatives, Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation.


Episode 4 – January 2021

Meet Lucky the hyena! Learn about efforts to educate and advocate for the conservation of Lebanon’s threatened wildlife, in particular, the country’s national animal – the striped hyena.

QLF Alumni: Mounir Abi-Said and Diana Marrouche Abi-Said, founders of Animal Encounter, an educational center for wildlife conservation; and Ra’ed Abu Hayyaneh of Jordan, now residing in Alberta, Canada.


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Episode 3 – December 2020

QLF is the river that runs through Phil Huffman’s life. Hear stories of the Living Rivers Program, the North America/UK International Youth Conservation Exchanges, and QLF Alumni Congresses in Budapest and Barcelona.

QLF Alumni: Phil Huffman, Director of Government Relations and Policy, The Nature Conservancy in Vermont; Diane Hewlett-Lowrie, Parks and Forestry, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Kerry Lothian Dennis, Early Years Practitioner, Scottish Borders Council; and Sally York, Education Policy Advisor, Scottish Forestry.


Episode 2 – November 2020

Venture back in time to recount the lessons learned from QLF’s flagship Marine Bird Conservation Program, established in 1978 to address the rapid decline of seabird populations along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

QLF Alumni: Dr. Kathleen Blanchard, President, Intervale Associates Inc. and former President, QLF Canada; and Gregor Beck, Senior Conservation Advisor, Birds Canada.


Episode 1 – October 2020

Travel to the 1970s with QLF President Beth Alling and guests for a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of QLF’s community-based conservation legacy, the Living Rivers Program in New Brunswick, Canada, and much more.

QLF Alumni: Larry Morris, QLF President Emeritus; and Tom Horn, former QLF Senior Vice President.