Monte Hummel moved to Whitedog Falls in northwestern Ontario as a young boy, where his father worked in a hydro camp in the bush north of Kenora. Ten years after leaving, Monte revisited his home river to discover it had been contaminated with mercury, leaving the Ojibwe community there in social and economic despair. This personal experience led to a lifelong career of environmental advocacy.
In 1978, Monte joined WWF-Canada as executive director, later becoming president. Under his leadership, WWF helped downlist more than 30 wildlife species from the federal Species at Risk list. Through WWF’s Endangered Spaces Campaign, more than 1,000 new parks and wilderness areas were designated, doubling the amount of protected areas in Canada.
After 26 years as executive head of WWF-Canada, Monte became president emeritus in 2004. He is the author or editor of six books and over a hundred popular or refereed journal articles.
Monte has two adult children, Robin and Doug. When he is not on the road, at his desk, or hiking and canoeing near his cabin at Loon Lake, he lives quietly in the country with his wife, Sherry Pettigrew, near the town of Alliston, Ontario.
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