Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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Managing one of Canada’s national parks is no simple task. With new federal budget cuts, it’s more important than ever to attract visitors to the parks, but those same parks still have a mandate to protect native wildlife. Sometimes those goals come into conflict, and in Jasper National Park, it’s superintendent Greg Fenton’s job to balance development and conservation. Fenton entered the spotlight in January 2012 when more than 100,000 people signed a petition demanding he prevent Brewster Travel Canada from building a steel-and-glass walkway over the Sunwapta Valley. Fenton ultimately backed Minister of the Environment Peter Kent in approving the project, with construction to be scheduled around the mountain goat kidding season.