Consultant and former vice-president, conservation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Arlin Hackman is a consultant in Victoria, British Columbia with 35 years of local-to-global experience in developing and directing major conservation programs and market-based performance systems as well as partnerships and coalitions related to land and resource management. A geographer born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Mr. Hackman gained his leadership skills in the 1990s by mobilizing the Endangered Spaces campaign, which more than doubled Canada’s parkland in just a decade and fuelled the growth of WWF-Canada. He went on to serve WWF-Canada as vice president and chief conservation officer for ten years. In that position, his wide-ranging responsibilities included helping forest products companies earn Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for one third of Canada’s commercial forest, guiding programs in the circumpolar Arctic as well as Cuba, serving on WWF’s International Programme Committee and on the advisory group for the Responsible Mineral Development Initiative of the World Economic Forum.
A strategic thinker with a deep commitment to integrating conservation and development, Mr. Hackman is a long-time member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas and was recently appointed to the board of The Nature Conservancy Canada.