Trained in law and biology, Wendy Francis has 30 years’ experience leading non-profit organizations in both Canada and the U.S. Between 1996 and 2016, this work focused primarily on wildlife and wild land conservation in both Canada and the U.S.
Wendy has specialized in helping philanthropic foundations, government agencies, and non-profit conservation organizations to navigate through leadership transitions and periods of significant growth to achieve their missions. In 2017, she became Executive Director of the Sunshine Coast Foundation, holding that role for five years, before retiring early in 2022.
Wendy currently serves as President of the Board of Wildlands Network, a Salt Lake-based non-profit dedicated to protecting wildlife and large landscapes in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. She is also very active in her local Anglican church.
She has presented at numerous national and international conferences, workshops, and events on topics relating to law, conservation, and philanthropy. She has authored or co-authored dozens of articles, including those in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Wendy’s strong record of success, combined with her ability to think strategically, work collaboratively, and produce high-quality results, has generated accolades throughout North America, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Leadership Award, both in 2013.
Wendy loves spending as much time outdoors as possible and enjoys backpacking, kayaking, hiking, running, swimming, and skiing.