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.
We partner across boundaries to mobilize and inspire those who champion and protect the environment.
“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 / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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.
“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.”