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Martin von Mirbach
Martin von Mirbach
Director, Canadian Arctic Program
Martin von Mirbach grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, where regular hikes and cross-country ski excursions in nearby Gatineau Park fuelled his love of the outdoors. He lived in Newfoundland throughout the 1990s, becoming active as a forest conservationist and sustainable development educator and serving on the Premier’s Round Table on the Environment and Economy. During that time, Martin also served as an advisor to the Canadian delegation at UN conferences on sustainable development, forests, biodiversity and climate change.
In 2000 he moved back to Ottawa to focus on national conservation challenges. He led the process to develop a Canadian Boreal Standard for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). To this day, it remains the most successful FSC standard worldwide, both in terms of area certified (over 40 million hectares!) and impact on the ground.
Martin joined WWF in 2008 and two years later took up the challenge of directing WWF’s Canadian Arctic program. Under his leadership, the program has grown and expanded its operations to include field offices in Inuvik, Northwest Territories and Iqaluit, Nunavut.
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Offshore Arctic drilling? Not so fast!
A coalition of oil companies wants to drill in the deep waters of Canada’s Beaufort Sea, but regulators are putting safety first

Arctic Council – First steps under Canada’s leadership
Arctic Council endorses a circumarctic inventory of ecologically and culturally significant areas, an essential first step towards sustainable development

Canada prepares to take the lead at the Arctic Council
The coming months promise to be busy ones in Ottawa and across the Arctic, as the Government of Canada prepares to take on this important role, and WWF will be there, adding its conservation voice to the proceedings.

It’s not magic: Arctic sea ice disappears
Imagine if 33% of Canada’s area disappeared. It would be frightening, shocking, alarming. People and wildlife would have lost their homes. Livelihoods and traditions would be destroyed. Canada would be a completely different country.

Welcome Vicki Sahanatien to our Arctic team!
WWF is thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our Arctic team: Vicki Sahanatien.