The Miistakis Institute plays a unique and important role in Alberta's conservation community. They help to bridge the gap between science and on the ground conservation action through mapping, scientific study, surveys, and conservation strategy development. I have seen many cases where the work of Miistakis has led directly to conservation wins or has created significant momentum behind a specific conservation project. Their work both facilitates and enables the efforts of many others in the conservation community and I'm very glad we have them.
Justin Thompson, Executive Director
Southern Alberta Land Trust Society
Miistakis occupies a unique niche in the ENGO ecosystem. It bridges the world of academia and conservation practice, bringing the best of both worlds together. My time on the board was one of sharing and advancing some of the most innovative and impactful conservation work in the country. I'm proud to have been associated with such a great group of board members and staff.
Mike Quinn, Past Chair
Miistakis Board of Directors
What do urban and rural municipalities, environmental NGOs, local partnerships, government agencies and large transboundary landscape conservation collaboratives have in common? Miistakis. Any southern Alberta entity that is wrestling with environmental, land use and natural resource management challenges is touched by Miistakis. Positively. The organization has an instinct for relevance. The projects it takes on are timely, of applied relevance and push the envelope. Its broad-spectrum work is consistently done to the highest standards. In addressing the environmental challenges of our time, Miistakis acts as glue, filler and flashlight - making connections, plugging gaps and illuminating a way forward. And it plays well with others. Long may you run!
Ian Dyson, Past Director
Miistakis Board of Directors
For many years I have been impressed with the innovative conservation work initiated by Miistakis. In particular, I continue to be impressed with the creative use of citizen science and innovative conservation techniques such as transfer development credits. As I begin my first term as Chair of the Miistakis Board, I couldn't be more proud to be part of an organization that uniquely provides scientific knowledge in a format that is usable by decision makers. While the staff capably drive the research agenda, as a policy board we provide a healthy governance framework to support our work as a research institute, a conservation charity and as a social enterprise.
Gael MacLeod, Chair
Miistakis Board of Directors
The Beaver Hills Initiative and Biosphere members have a long standing history, with Miistakis. We consider them a leader in, research, summarizing information, creating useable tools and resources to guide municipal and Provincial environmental policy. The staff are knowledgeable, go the extra mile on projects, and stand behind what they do. Congratulations to Miistakis and staff on 20 great years!! Keep up with the great work and all the very best going forward!
Brenda Wispinski, Executive Director
Beaver Hills Initiative
Miistakis Institute has been a gem of an organization since it began twenty years ago. They were the first regional transboundary geospatial data center straddling the US and Canadian Rockies. From the beginning they recruited exceptional scientists and analysts. Miistakis can be credited in building the informational underpinning of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, the Crown Managers Partnership, the University of Montana-University of Calgary Transboundary Initiative and the Crowsnest Pass Wildlife Coalition studies. Miistakis Institute pioneered evidence-based conservation decision making. They elevated the performance of countless organizations and individuals who benefited from their excellence.
Gary Tabor, Executive Director
Centre for Large Landscape Conservation
Over the past 2 years, I have developed a close working relationship with much of the Miistakis Team. Having worked in the public sector for the better part of 10 years, I have partnered with several different organizations to help me complete projects. The key to a successful project is ensuring that you partner with the right team. With each of the projects I have worked one with the Miistakis Institute (Calgary Regional Ecoplan, and Regional Connectivity Guides) their team has gone above and beyond expectations, ensuring things ran smoothly while not getting caught up in the 'day-to-day' challenges of working in a highly-politicized environment.
Miistakis always focuses on the objectives of the work while keeping the bigger goal in mind. There have been countless last minute meetings, presentations, casual brainstorming sessions, to intense workshops - all of which played out expertly. The knowledge that the Miistakis team has is extensive and is conveyed in an easy to understand approach that translates to on the ground actions, resulting in outcomes that are meaningful and will have a lasting impact in the long term. The team is personable, dedicated, passionate and enduring and will certainly remain friends once the project is complete.
Calgary Regional Partnership
Over the past 20 years, the Miistakis Institute has emerged as Alberta's leader in designing and implementing community-engaged projects for landscape conservation and ecological monitoring. The innovative solutions arising from these collaborative initiatives have made major contributes to the environmental sustainability of Alberta.
Dorthy Hill, Associate Professor of Biology
Mount Royal University
Conservation of Alberta's wildspaces has seen been a centre-piece of work of Miistakis over the past two decades. Their work recognizes the importance and need to approach conservation from multiple directions, using various tools and engaging multiple partners, from landowners and citizens to government and non-government organizations. The Miistakis Institute continues to bring the essential perspective around applied conservation solutions which are necessary to drive effective policy and decision making. As a partner, Miistakis has provided this essential conservation research lens to the Environmental Law Centre's law reform and education initiatives, bringing both our organization's visions closer to reality. I view them as an essential partner to our success.
Jason Unger, Executive Director
Environmental Law Centre
The support that Miistakis has provided us in pulling together information from other jurisdictions has been of great value in providing necessary background for development of new policies for wildlife and renewables in Alberta.
Staff in Miistakis have a great ability to distill mountains of information into a format that is easy to review. The summaries provided through reporting make it easy to pull out and focus on key information.
Gathering information on complex issues into a an unbiased summary of key learning is something that is not easy, and something that Miistakis excels at.
Dave Stepnisky, Director, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Policy
Alberta Environment and Parks