ANN & SANDY CROSS CONSERVATION AREA LED BY NEW CEO

CALGARY, April 19 /CNW/ - The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is pleased to announce that Greg Shyba is its new Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Shyba will lead the team of employees, volunteers and donors of the not-for-profit charitable organization.

Mr. Shyba joins the Cross Conservation Area following an extensive career in the Calgary not-for-profit community.  Mr. Shyba spent approximately 10 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Trout Unlimited Canada.  He was Executive Director of Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research followed by 3 years as special advisor to the Alberta Research Council, Inc. on water initiatives.  Most recently he has been interim Chief Operating Officer of the Telus World of Science.  He also has extensive not-for-profit experience as a senior volunteer at a local, regional and national level.

Dallas Droppo, Chairman of the Cross Conservation Area, said, "Greg Shyba brings the Cross Conservation Area a wealth of experience in conservation, education and fundraising.  He will lead our organization through a new period of expansion.  The Cross Conservation Area is embarking on a period of growth of its children's educational programs, public access to the land, and its pursuit of conservation initiatives.  His leadership comes at a time when the future looks bright."

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is a not-for-profit charity that received a donation of 4,800 acres (approximately 7.5 sections) of rolling foothills land located just off Highway 22x on the south and west boundary of the City of Calgary.  The mission of the organization is to foster conservation of habitat for native species of plants and wildlife.  This mission is achieved by providing space (land) for wildlife, offering conservation education programs (primarily to school-age children) and supporting community conservation initiatives.  This spectacular area features over 20 kilometres of scenic hiking trails, including 8.3 kilometres of self-guided interpretative trails.  The administrative building located on the land is used primarily for the education of children and adults about plant and animal conservation.

Over 91,000 youth and adults have participated in the education programs since the area opened in 1993.  Last year, approximately 5,000 children participated in over 170 educational programs with the Cross Conservation Area.

For further information:

Mr. Greg Shyba
Chief Executive Officer
Tel:  403-931-4070    
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      Ms. Christina Keough
Stakeholder Communications Coordinator
Tel:  403-931-1042