George C. Reifel Named President of Ducks Unlimited
WINNIPEG, July 2 - Vancouver native George
C. Reifel will serve as Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DU)
30th president for the next two years. The announcement
was made during the organization's annual general meeting
recently held in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
conservation has always been a major part of my life
and it is with great pride that I accept this position,''
to the board of directors of DU Canada in 1982, Reifel
served on several committees before being elected vice-president
in 1994. He is also a director of several other conservation
organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the Institute
for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, the Nature Trust
of British Columbia and the British Columbia Waterfowl
himself fortunate to have been born into a family with
strong waterfowling heritage and an even stronger conservation
ethic. In the 1920s, Reifel's grandfather created a
diked wetland complex that would include the area set
aside in the 1960s to create the Reifel Migratory Bird
Sanctuary. In 1972, Reifel's father transferred the
family's interest in the sanctuary and surrounding area
to the people of Canada on the condition it be managed
in perpetuity for the primary benefit of waterfowl.
It soon became a Ramsar site, designating it as an area
of international significance for waterfowl.
became involved with DU because I believe strongly in
its purpose and because I wanted to build rather than
rest on the conservation efforts of my forefathers,''
as president of DU includes a commitment to expand its
close relationship with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. in the
US and to keep DU positioned as Canada's most respected
a principal of the Reifel Cooke Group, a private real
estate development and brokerage company based in Vancouver,
British Columbia where he lives with his wife Wendy
and two year old son George.
For further information:
Ducks Unlimited Canada