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Special Guest for the 2017 Festival

Danny Catt

We are honoured that Danny Catt, an internationally known conservationist, photographer and environmental educator will be the Keynote Speaker at the Gala on Saturday May 13, 2017.

Danny Catt is a wildlife ecologist and internationally published photographer whose passion for conservation was sparked by family travels to natural areas throughout western Canada as a boy. Danny studied on the west coast and carried out his graduate research on birds in the Canadian Rockies before heading to Africa as a Rotary Scholar. Danny worked for many years for Parks Canada as a naturalist in Kootenay National Park and also taught in Asia before returning to Canada to teach at the post-secondary level. Danny is presently Program Head of BCIT’s highly regarded Fish, Wildlife & Recreation program.

Over the past 40 years he has explored and photographed the people, landscapes and wildlife in close to 100 countries. Recent photographic credits include the New York Daily News and Globe and Mail newspapers as well as Chinese Geographic, Macleans and TIME magazines. Danny has been highly recognized for his work and in 2016 was invited to join the Commission on Education & Communication for IUCN, the World Conservation Union.

In 2012 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and in 2011 was named a member of the prestigious New York City based Explorer’s Club. Danny was selected for two years running (2009/10) as the Canadian recipient of the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award by Rotary International. The City of Burnaby honored him in 2008 with its Environment Award.