As a young boy, Monte Hummel moved to Whitedog Falls in northwestern Ontario, where his father worked in a hydro camp in the bush north of Kenora. Ten years after leaving, he revisited his home river to discover it had been contaminated with mercury, leaving the Ojibway community there in social and economic despair. This personal experience led to a lifelong career of environmental advocacy.
In 1978, Monte joined WWF-Canada as Executive Director, later to become President. Under his leadership, WWF helped downlist over 30 wildlife species from Canada’s official Species at Risk list. And through WWF’s Endangered Spaces campaign, over 1,000 new parks and wilderness areas were designated—doubling the amount of protected area in Canada. After 26 years as executive head of WWF-Canada, Monte became President Emeritus in 2004.
Monte has two grown children, Robin and Doug. When he is not on the road, at his desk, or hiking and canoeing from his cabin at Loon Lake, he lives quietly in the country with Sherry near the small town of Beeton, Ontario.
Hummel, M., Wray, J.R. (2008). Caribou and the North: A Shared Future. Dundurn Press.
Hummel, M. (1999). Wintergreen: Reflections from Loon Lake. Key Porter Books.
Hummel, M., Pettigrew, S. (1991). Wild Hunters: Predators in Peril. Key Porter Books.
Hummel, M. (ed.) (1989). Endangered Spaces: The Future for Canada’s Wilderness. Key Porter Books.
Hummel, M. (ed.) (1985). Protecting Canada’s Endangered Spaces: An Owner’s Manual. Key Porter Books.
Hummel, M. (1984). Arctic Wildlife. Key Porter Books.
Honourary Doctorate, University of Toronto, Ontario
Master of Arts in Philosophy, University of Toronto, Ontario
Master of Science in Forestry, University of Toronto, Ontario
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Toronto, Ontario
STARTED AT WWF: 1978
FAVOURITE SPECIES: red-breasted nuthatch
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Monte went to Woodstock for his honeymoon, plays guitar and piano, and is a wilderness canoe and fishing guide.
• Douglas H. Pimlott Award, Canadian Nature Federation, 2005
• Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Geographic, 2004
• Queen’s Silver Medal, 2003
• J.B. Harkin Medal, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, 2001
• Officer of the Order of Canada, 2000
Most recent blog posts by Monte Hummel
Spring reflections on the good nature of WWF supporters
Together, we ventured out to celebrate the arrival of Spring. But for me, it was also a celebration of these special individuals who have chosen to make a legacy gift to WWF.
Caribou? Which Caribou?
As I review environmental press clippings every day, I see various stories about “caribou,” where there is confusion about exactly which caribou are under discussion. This is an important distinction, so here’s a little primer….
Help protect caribou – give us your feedback!
WWF has just completed a first draft of a worldwide (“circum-arctic”) conservation strategy for migratory tundra caribou and wild reindeer. We want to know what you think of it.