Harvey Locke receives Harkin Award

23 January 2014 | Fact sheet

Harvey Locke, Strategic Advisor for the Wild Foundation and long-term Canadian conservationist, has received one of the highest honors for conservation in Canada, the J.B. Harkin Award, for his lifetime of service to Canadian wilderness conservation.

For over three decades Harvey has persevered to advance the cause of parks, ecological integrity and connectivity across landscapes in Canada and throughout the world. He served as President or Vice President of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for 17 years, and was one of the first to envision conservation at the Yellowstone-to-Yukon (Y2Y) scale. Since putting voice to that vision in 1993, he has consistently championed and expanded the idea of large landscape conservation around the globe.

As a Y2Y strategic advisor, Harvey has influenced greater protection for the integrity of Banff National Park and the Bow Valley, advocated for the creation of Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, has led one of Canada’s most important projects to acquire private land to secure wildlife connectivity between protected areas, and much more.

Harvey is globally known for this impressive legacy. Named by Time magazine as one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century, his resume is filled with premier publications, keynote speaking engagements and leadership and advisory roles for some of the most well-known organizations in the conservation field. He is now playing a leadership role in a global effort to encourage collaboration to meet the challenge of connecting nature conservation to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

"J.B. Harkin started the world's first park service. He is a conservation giant on whose shoulders we stand today. It is a great honour to receive an award from CPAWS that bears his name" says Harvey .

The award, presented at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s 50th anniversary celebration in October 2013, acknowledges the work and dedication of individuals who exemplify the same standards for conservation as the award’s namesake, J. B. Harkin. Harkin developed the idea of conservation in Canada at a time when there was little precedent for it. A true visionary, Harkin created Canada's National Park system, and subsequently the world's first national park service. In doing so, he created an influential and lasting template for land conservation.

Previous Harkin awardees include Nik Lopoukhine, former Chair of WCPA, and Jim Thorsell, a pioneering scientist who is now Senior Advisor and a member of IUCN’s World Heritage panel.