Our Board

Karen Ray – President

Karen is a lawyer by profession. She spent almost her entire career at the law firm of Fraser, Milner, Casgrain (formerly Fraser & Beatty and now Dentons) as a partner in Toronto, Canada before retiring from private practice in 2004. She served as national counsel to The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from 2005-2015. Throughout her association with NCC she played an important role in the management of American Friends of Canadian Nature (AFCN), attending all Board meetings, updating organizational and operating documents and providing practical advice. Beyond her interest in non-advocacy conservation, Karen enjoys travel, especially nature travel, gardening, reading and golfing at her country clubs in Toronto and Bonita Springs, Florida.

“Robin Fraser inspired me to get involved in the world of conservation. Robin was a long-time partner at Fraser & Beatty and a long-time volunteer at NCC and AFCN, where he served over the years as chair of both corporations. He hired me at the law firm and later introduced me to NCC and AFCN and their admirable missions, for which actions I will be forever grateful.” Karen, on who inspired her to get involved in the world of conservation.

Tim Gardiner – Vice-President

After obtaining his MBA, Tim – who was born in London, Ontario and is a dual Canada/US citizen – built his career in wholesale metal sales and trading, specializing in precious metals. He worked at Mitsui & Co., JP Morgan and Toronto-Dominion Bank before retiring in 2016. He spent much of his life moving around the world alongside his wife Nancy and four children, with whom he lived in Toronto, Geneva, London, Singapore, and New York. They now split their time between New York City, Jackson Hole, WY, and Westport, ON. Over the years, Tim and his family have made significant gifts to support conservation in Canada, especially in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a critical nature connection between the Appalachian and Canadian Shield geographies.

“I came to quickly realize there are no borders in nature conservancy. This is especially true between the United States and Canada, which is why AFCN greatly contributes to NCC’s overall vision, mission, and values.” Tim, on why cross-border conservation is relevant today.

V.W. (Tim) Holt

Tim, a mechanical engineer, worked for three large oil and gas companies before starting his own business in the same industry. Throughout his business ventures, he has consistently focused on ensuring that all activities conducted were undertaken with the highest level of care for the environment. After having spent several years in Alaska, he moved to Calgary in 2000 and became involved on the Board of the Alberta Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. His everlasting love for the outdoors has led him to Colbert, WA, a beautiful small town where he currently lives with his family.

“We are surrounded by our amazing natural world and working to help conserve as much of this as we can gives me great pleasure.” Tim, on why nature conservation matters to him.
 

Dr. Chris Lane

After completing his undergraduate studies in Connecticut, Chris spent nine years in Atlantic Canada, where he earned a PhD in Biology at the University of New Brunswick and became a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University. During this time, his wife worked at the Fredericton and Dartmouth offices of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Through his research and her involvement at NCC, Chris built a strong connection to the region and its NCC office. In 2008, he was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he was promoted with tenure in 2014, and to Professor in 2018. At URI, Chris runs a research program while teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Chris and his family live in North Kingston, RI, near the ocean that has always fascinated them.

“Issues of conservation and sustainability are some of the most pressing problems that will face the next few generations. Without modifying the ways in which we see, interact with, and take from the world around us, we are endangering those who will come after us. Conservation is part of the effort towards sustainability.” Chris, on why nature conservation matters to him.

Stephen Lloyd

Residing in Montreal, Quebec, Stephen is a partner at the global law firm Dentons, practicing corporate commercial law, primarily in the real estate and forest products sector. He is involved in the management of the firm, as a member of the board for Canada and of its global advisory board.  He is a member of various business and not-for-profit boards of directors, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Bishop’s University Foundation and McGill University’s Martlet Foundation. He is a former National Board Member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  Stephen also serves as an elected councilor for the Laurentians town of Barkmere, QC. He has worked actively to reconcile commercial real estate interests and long-term conservation priorities on the Island of Montreal, through his presidency of the 1000-member Association for the Protection of Angell Woods.  Stephen is an avid Atlantic salmon fisherman, a passionate yet below-average hockey player, and just generally enjoys being outdoors.

“Conservation of biodiversity is the race of our lifetime. Fortunately, in North America, we still have much to save and some scope for positive action in protecting habitats and biological corridors. This imperative cuts across everything we do – conservation protection is a giant, urgent, re-zoning exercise that will allow us to continue to cherish the richness of a natural world which we for so long have taken for granted.”

Carol Maloof

Carol is a retired Deputy Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, New England Region. She has extensive experience in social / health insurance policy and public affairs. She is active in the Episcopal Church and throughout the years she has served in multiple leadership capacities. She was elected to the Town Meeting Member, Town of Norwood, MA, U.S. has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards. In retirement she has served as Co-Chair of the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Fundraising in Florida and as National Representative for the Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. She has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Florida, Massachusetts, and Nepal. Beyond her lifelong involvement in health care, social, and community, Carol is an avid golfer, a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and traveling.

“I’ve enjoyed hiking for my entire life, and over the years have come to appreciate that hiking is so much more than just exercise. A walk in the woods or on a mountain trail is a walk through the home of all that live in the forest and the mountains. Now, with ever increasing threats to the environment, nature conservation is an imperative. Preservation of bird migratory routes is key to maintaining the health and beauty of our natural resources. I became involved with the AFCN through my dear friend Karen Ray and am honored to serve in this Canada/U.S. partnership devoted to preserving our environment for future generations”. Carol, on why nature conservation matters to her.

Stewart Hardacre – Executive Director

Stewart resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and was appointed the Executive Director to American Friends of Canadian Nature in July 2021.  Prior to his appointment, he served as a senior executive to the Nature Conservancy of Canada as Vice President Corporate Services, responsible for all national support in finance, human resources, information technology and legal affairs.

Stewart’s prior leadership roles in the non-profit sector include CEO to the Canadian Hunger Foundation, and as COO and then CEO for Habitat for Humanity Canada.  His professional career also includes senior management and finance positions in professional service and consulting firms.  He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (C.P.A., C.M.A.) designation and serves as a volunteer Deputy-Chair to the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Appeal Committee.

“Being active in nature through most of my adult life, I held a deep appreciation for the beauty and value these natural areas afforded me.  But I have also come to realize that only through the efforts and commitments of many before me and many yet to come, that future generations may not have this same experience”.