With a mission of “investigate, inform, and inspire,” Chris Genovali leads Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s creative and effective campaigns to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and Salish Sea. As Executive Director of Raincoast, Chris has made it a priority to partner with coastal communities to monitor wildlife, keep ecosystems intact and healthy, and build local conservation science capacity.
Chris received a Conservation Leadership Award in 2015 from the Wilburforce Foundation. Before joining Raincoast in 1998, Chris led campaigns at the Wilderness Committee to conserve temperate rainforests and wildlife on southern Vancouver Island and coastal BC. Chris is a prolific writer, with articles, op-eds and features on Canadian wildlife and conservation issues widely published in Canada and internationally, including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Guardian UK. He was a contributor to Animals and the Environment: Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground published in 2015, and Wild Foresting: Practicing Nature’s Wisdom published in 2008, He has been a regular guest blogger for the Huffington Post since 2010. Chris has also appeared as a spokesperson on various radio and television outlets such as CBC’s ‘As It Happens’, CBC ‘Newsworld’, US National Public Radio, Global TV, and BBC radio.