Andrew Derocher

Within the Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society (CSTWS), there exists a need to periodically review and provide comments on developing and ongoing public policy and associated issues relevant to wildlife conservation and management in Canada. For this purpose, the CSTWS Executive established the Conservation Affairs Committee (CAC). The CAC will coordinate the development and dissemination of science-supported information required to inform the public, policymakers, wildlife professionals, other resource managers, and the public concerning these issues.

The role of CAC is to:

  • Identify and describe priority issues surrounding wildlife management across Canada, and where appropriate, contribute information relevant to decision making at all levels of government and other relevant agencies that can have an impact on wildlife and habitats. This will occur through coordination with the Canadian Section Board of Directors and individual expertise within the Section

  • Provide scientific, technical, and ethical background information in a manner that is consistent with the goals and direction of the CSTWS and TWS.

  • Provide feedback to The Wildlife Society on wildlife management and conservation issues of particular relevance to the Canadian context, such that TWS can undertake its mandate sensitive to the needs of its Canadian membership.

The roles, responsibilities and operations of the CAC are guided by a Terms of Reference that is reviewed and approved by the CSTWS Board of Directors.

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For any inquiries or questions, or to become involved with the Conservation Affairs Committee, please email


Past CSTWS Letters 
  • PFRA Protected Grasslands

    • CSTWS Letter regarding Migratory Birds Convention Act 

  • PFRA Protected Grasslands

    • CSTWS Letter regarding PFRA to Premiere Wall

    • CSTWS Letter regarding PFRA to Premiere Selinger

    • CSTWS Letter regarding PFRA to Hon. Lawrence MacAulay

    • CSTWS Letter regarding PFRA to Hon. Stephen Harper 

  • Domestic Sheep Disease Transmission to Wild Sheep

    • CSTWS Letter

  • Canadian Fisheries Act Amendments 

    • CSTWS Letter 

  • Neonicotinoid Pesticides 

    • CSTWS Briefing Document 2018

    • CSTWS Letter 

  • Greater Sage Grouse Recovery Strategy Amendment 

    • CSTWS Letter 

  • Alberta (Bow Island) Habitat Conservation

    • CSTWS Letter 

  • Manitoba Water Policy

    • CSTWS Letter 


TWS Policy Resources 

The Wildlife Society is responsible for developing position statements and standing opinions that address issues that affect the current and future status of wildlife. Based on these position statements developed by TWS Parent, Sections and Chapters weigh in on conservation issues but anchor back to what TWS stands for. These statements and positions cover a wide range of wildlife conservation and management topics. Wherever possible the CSTWS CAC makes use of these resources when preparing Canadian-specific policy materials to ensure consistency between the CSTWS and TWS.

To view The Wildlife Society's policy resources and position statements, please refer to their website.


TWS Policy Resources 

The Conservation Affairs Network (CAN) is led by The Wildlife Society (TWS) headquarters and brings together the various Sections and Chapters with the purpose of growing/developing connections and promoting collaboration to make our policy actions more efficient and effective. 

The CAN creates direct linkages among Chapters, Sections, and TWS headquarters by connecting representatives of Conservation Affairs Committees (CAC) within each Chapter and Section. Canada is represented on the CAN at the Canadian Section level. Regular communication via conference calls, emails, and newsletters allow information to be shared throughout the Network.

Details on the Conservation Affairs Network, including monthly newsletters can be found on the TWS website and HERE.