Megan Leslie | WWF-Canada

Megan Leslie

President & chief executive officer

“The shocking scale and scope of wildlife loss in Canada, revealed in WWF’s Living Planet Report Canada, is a wakeup call. I’m going to work to bring us all together —communities, Indigenous organizations, governments, industry, scientists, cultural groups and beyond — to address the reasons that half of the wildlife species we studied are in decline, with an average 83 per cent loss of populations since 1970.”
 
 
Megan began as head of World Wildlife Fund Canada in December of 2017 after nearly two years at the organization, first as a consultant on oceans governance, then as head of ocean conservation.  
 
Before joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament, representing Halifax for eight years, during which she was deputy leader of the official Opposition, environment critic and vice-chair of the government committee on environment and sustainable development. 
 
In Ottawa, Megan introduced a motion and guided its unanimous passage to add plastic microbeads to the list of toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act.  She also worked across party lines to successfully expedite the passage of a bill to create Sable Island National Park Reserve. 
 
Megan was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ont., where in high school she helped organize against toxic waste coming to her hometown, with placards reading “No, no. We won’t glow.” 
 
After university and before entering politics, she was a community legal worker and presented at the 2005 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal on the issue of energy poverty. 
Megan Leslie 
	© Meghan Tansey Whitton  / WWF-Canada
Megan Leslie
© Meghan Tansey Whitton / WWF-Canada

LIVES & WORKS IN: Halifax, but relocating to Toronto

EDUCATION: 

BA, social & political thought and history, plus a certificate in refugee and migration studies, York University, Toronto; LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax

STARTED AT WWF: 2016

FAVOURITE SPECIES: Wolves. As a kid, Megan spent hours in the woods acting out imaginary scenes based on stories like Never Cry Wolf and Secret Go the Wolves.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Not satisfied with canoeing on flat water, Megan recently took up white-water canoeing, and she's hooked.