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Cliff Wallis appointed to the Order of Canada

July 4, 2023

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 85 new
appointments to the Order of Canada, including Alberta Wilderness Association board member Clifford
Wallis, who is also FSC Canada’s chair of the board of directors.

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Since its creation in 1967, the Order of
Canada has recognized people across all sectors of society who have made extraordinary and sustained
contributions to our nation.

Cliff Wallis was given this award for his dedication to advancing nature conservation and restoration in
Alberta, as an esteemed biologist and naturalist.

Debborah Donnelly, Executive Director of the Alberta Wilderness Association shares her hearty
congratulations, “all of us at Alberta Wilderness Association are extremely pleased to see Cliff Wallis get
the recognition he so rightly deserves. AWA cannot thank Cliff enough for his tireless efforts in protecting
Alberta’s wild places.”

Cliff has served on the AWA Board as a Director, first elected in 1981, and as AWA President on two
separate occasions between 1991 and 2003. Cliff also serves on advisory or governing bodies of
International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Great (formerly Northern) Plains Conservation
Network, Milk River Management Society, National Grasslands Task Force, Transboundary Grassland
Partnership, and the North America Regional Support Group for the International Year of Rangelands &

In addition to his work for AWA, Cliff also serves FSC Canada’s chair of the board of directors.

“On behalf of everyone at FSC Canada, I would like to congratulate Cliff on this well deserved award,”
says FSC President, Francois Dufresne. “Cliff’s passionate advocacy for healthy, resilient forests and
thriving ecosystems is an inspiration. As Chair of our Board of Directors, Cliff’s deep knowledge, humour
and collaborative approach, has helped guide our work and provide strategic direction for the coming

Congratulations Cliff.

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We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
- Wallace Stegner
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