Bob Peart has devoted his life to conservation and nature education. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Bob was self-employed working on projects at the local, national and international level related to land-use, park management and inspiring people to get outside and enjoy the web-of-life; as well as volunteering for a number of non-profit boards.
Bob was the Executive Director of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) from 2000-2003. Prior to CPAWS, Bob worked for the provincial government in the Ministries of Aboriginal Affairs and Environment. From 1988-1991 Bob was Executive Director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC. Bob also has a strong interest in the museum world and from 1985-1988 was Assistant Director at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Before coming to British Columbia in 1980 spent 10 years in Ontario and Saskatchewan with the Canadian Wildlife Service and Parks Canada in positions related to nature interpretation.
For thirty-five years Bob has volunteered for numerous non-profit conservation groups – in particular the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Nature Canada, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, the Elders Council for Parks in BC, the Fraser Basin Council, The Land Conservancy and the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC.
A constant passion and focus for Bob is the movement to reconnect children and families to nature – to this end Bob was the founding Chair of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, served on the board of the Young Naturalists’ Club of BC, and acted as a strategic advisor to the North Vancouver Outdoor School. Bob is a Senior Associate with the Children and Nature Network in the USA [the organization founded by Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods – Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.]
Bob was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer contributions to the environment. In 2008 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to conservation and environmental education Bob was awarded the J.B. Harkin Medal by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Bob is a biologist, has a Masters Degree in Education, and has completed formal training in Dispute Resolution at the Justice Institute in Vancouver. Raised in southwestern Ontario, Bob has been an avid outdoors person ever since he was a kid — he particularly enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and bird watching.