SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

February 19, 2016 14:57 ET

Conservation Community Mourns the Passing of CEO Wade Luzny

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - February 19, 2016) - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is mourning the loss of its CEO Executive Vice-President Wade Luzny following a courageous battle with cancer.

"Wade was an extremely dedicated, enthusiastic and determined advocate for wildlife," said Rick Bates, executive director. "He was a visionary as well as an inspiration and we will carry his legacy forward with pride and honour."

CWF expanded its outreach and programming under Luzny's leadership. He was committed to connecting Canadians to nature, maintaining healthy wildlife populations and conserving and restoring wildlife habitat. He ensured a balanced approach to conservation, prioritized youth engagement, and focused on species at risk, freshwater and marine issues. Under his management, CWF was named one of the top 25 charities out of 86,000 in Canada by the Financial Post for two years in a row.

Luzny passed away peacefully at the age of 61 and is survived by a wife and young daughter. His home base was in his beloved mountains of Fernie, BC but he also enjoyed living in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and travelled the world during his lifetime, truly appreciating the landscapes and seascapes he was so committed to protecting.

"I am always humbled by nature's version of the Pyramids, the Rockies," Luzny wrote in 2009. "The Rockies are our pyramids, the Douglas fir is our Eiffel Tower. Our Canadian wilderness continually reminds us what is truly great about our nation, and yet so fragile if left unattended."

For more information or to leave a condolence, visit A legacy fund will be created to continue to connect youth to nature, the cause dearest to Luzny's heart.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, the Canadian Wildlife Federation encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit

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