Alberta Ecotrust is a unique partnership between the corporate sector and the environmental community. Together, we invest in the people and projects that protect the natural systems we rely on for life and prosperity.
We achieve this goal through three main programs: environmental grant making, capacity building, and community collaboration. Together, we fund non-profit environmental projects, strengthen the ability of the voluntary sector to affect positive environmental change, and promote the environment as the foundation of a healthy community.
Water. Land Use. Climate Change. These are the environmental priorities Albertans have told us they most care about, so they have become our priorities, too. We support the people and organizations working to protect them, and we invest in projects that either directly or indirectly improve the way they are managed and preserved. And we provide the tools necessary for Albertans to be responsible stewards of the things they care about.
“In a world where environmental issues are many and complex, the cooperative effort of people with diverse views and backgrounds is vital to finding workable solutions.” – Ecotrust co-founders Rob Macintosh and Michael Robertson, 1992
PAT LETIZIA / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Pat is known for her enthusiasm and candor, and is an ardent champion for the environment and the voluntary sector. She has been with the foundation since 1996, prior to which she completed a Bachelor of Science Honours degree at the University of Calgary while raising 3 young children, carpooling, volunteering for several organizations and holding down a part-time job. She inherited some of her drive and independent spirit from several generations of Alberta homesteaders.
She has significant experience in local, provincial and national arenas of environmental philanthropy and non-profit program development, and is regularly invited to contribute her ideas and expertise in a range of advisory and leadership roles. Under her leadership, Alberta Ecotrust has grown significantly in both financial assets and community impacts.
PAT LETIZIA“I am the great-grandchild of hardy homesteaders on both sides and was raised with a deep appreciation of the land and how it sustained us. I lived in an urban environment but we rode our bikes everywhere, scampering up coulees, trying to cross creeks without getting wet, climbing trees and building swings with ropes, branches and tires. Our family always had a garden, made regular trips to the grandparents’ farms and camped, hiked and fished for recreation. I’ve always loved the smell and feel of the earth and was fortunate to grow up in a time where kids spent their days outside exploring and experiencing the natural world.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TONY JACKSON, CENOVUS
Board Co-Chair, Corporate
Alberta Ecotrust’s board of directors reflects the organization’s history, vision and mission. Comprised of representatives from Alberta Ecotrust’s corporate and non-profit partners, as well as at-large community members, the board ensures that the organization is managed in an effective, responsible and transparent manner.
DANAH DUKE, MIISTAKIS INSTITUTE
Board Co-Chair, Environment
Our partners are the foundation of Alberta Ecotrust. An equal number of corporate and nonprofit partners provide their expertise, passion and time to ensure that the programs and activities of Alberta Ecotrust are transparent, strategic and effective in the support of the nonprofit sector and the protection of Alberta’s environment.
We could not invest in protecting the environment without the help of companies and individuals who generously give financial and in-kind gifts. We are deeply grateful for those who continue to support us with their generosity.