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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

Public Policy/Advocacy    

Sid Marty

Log Jammer

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On February 1, 2012, former Parks Canada warden and award-winning author Sid Marty stared down a bulldozer near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta. He had been picketing against clear-cut logging on 81 square kilometres of forest near Castle Mountain ski resort because he believed it would destroy grizzly bear habitat. Marty was arrested and given a court order to stay off public lands. He ignored the order, giving speeches on public properties and encouraging people to bombard Premier Alison Redford’s office with more than 100,000 phone calls, letters and emails demanding the logging licence be relocated elsewhere. His arrest made headlines andstirred a debate about landuse in special forest manage-ment areas, partly because of Marty’s high profile in southern Alberta –he has twice been finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, most recently in 2008 for The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek. Foresters started logging in the region just hours after Marty’s arrest, but motivated protesters have continued to push Alberta Sustainable Resource Development to stop activity scheduled for 2013. In April 2012, the Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition announced it was suing the government, saying that when the Alberta government designated the region a “special place” in 1998, “there was a reasonable expectation given these decisions that the Castle was already protected.” In fact, the area was once part of Waterton Lakes National Park. Marty is committed to ensuring it’s protected again.

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8 Responses to Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

  1. Jackie Morin says:

    I am part of the One Aim team for the ride for Cancer. There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient for this recognition. The support that Nigel gives to every rider on his team & other teams, his training rides that he hosts to get us ready for the Ride for Cancer and his positive attitude is an inspiration to us all.
    Jackie Morin

  2. Shawn H says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gibson when he visited our facility shortly after his taking the helm of what was then CCS Corporation. It was a personal visit, he was by himself, and just came to chat and see what we do here. I was really impressed that a CEO would take the time to travel and meet with front-line staff, and he continues to do so on a regular basis. I am proud to work at Tervita under his leadership.

  3. Kevin Jones says:

    Nigel has also been pivotal in the creation and growth of the One Aim team, which over the past three years has raised $500,000. We plan on doubling up to a million this year, and this wouldn’t be possible without him.

  4. Arniestephens says:

    Congrats Drew!
    Well deserved.

    Arnie Stephens

  5. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to bevelope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they climb the many hurdles in the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

  6. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to develope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they cross the many hurdles of the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

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