Conservation Conversations with Rivers Day Founder Mark Angelo


In the days leading up to one of the the biggest conservation celebrations on the planet, we sat down with BC and World Rivers Day founder Mark Angelo to learn about how BC Rivers Day started on the Thompson River.

Q&A with Mark Angelo

Why is river conservation so important to you?

How did a cleanup on the Thompson River evolve?

How did BC Rivers Day become one of the largest conservation celebrations globally?

Mark’s thoughts on the values of waterways, the pressures that confront them, and what can be done to better conserve them.

About Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo hails from Burnaby, BC and is an internationally-celebrated river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher and paddler. He is the founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, an event now embraced by millions of people in up to 100 countries. In 2009, Mark was also appointed as the inaugural chair of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Prior to that, he was the long-time head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at BCIT. Mark has received the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada (his country’s highest honour) in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades. Among his many other awards are the inaugural United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award. Read more.

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