Our mission is to promote civic awareness, engagement and action on issues threatening the environmental sustainability, affordability and community character of Canmore, Banff and surrounding areas.

Board of Directors

President

President

Karsten Heuer is a longstanding wildlife biologist and best selling author in the Bow Valley who currently runs the Bison Reintroduction Project for Banff National Park. He founded the Banff Wildlife Corridor Project in 1995 and co-authored the BCEAG Wildlife Corridor and Habitat Patch Guidelines for the valley.

Secretary/Treasurer

Secretary/Treasurer

Leanne Allison has lived in Canmore for over 20 years. She is a documentary filmmaker and much of her work over the last decade has focused on wildlife and conservation issues in the Bow Valley. 

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lisa Downing is a 20 year Canmore resident and retired entrepreneur and  business owner. She is a long time environmental advocate with deep knowledge of the community and the long standing  environmental issues as they relate to development  in the  Bow Valley.  

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Sara Renner grew up in Canmore and is a business owner, a community youth coach and mother to three girls. Sara is an Olympic and World Championship medalist in the sport of Cross Country Skiing. She has used sport as a platform for environmental initiatives including the David Suzuki’s Play it Cool Initiative and the 350.org.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jerry Auld is a novelist and technical animator, resident in Canmore for 30 years. He has an intense interest in the history of the valley and the maps and stories that we use to define ourselves.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tracey Henderson is a Veterinarian who lives and works in Canmore Alberta.  She has been an active environmental advocate in the Bow Valley for over twenty years including 4 years as the Program Director for the Grizzly Bear Alliance. 

Our History

2017: Bow Valley Engage (BVE) was created to help citizens understand and respond to the latest TSMV Area Structure Plans, which were defeated.

2020: BVE relaunched after TSMV submitted further development proposals for the largest block of remaining private land in Canmore (Smith Creek and Village Centre Area Structure Plans). Among other issues. they proposed to double the size of Canmore, expand our Urban Growth Boundary, develop areas zoned as wildlife conservation, and reroute a well-used wildlife corridor and highway underpass to accommodate more houses. This led to Canmore’s longest public hearing ever (6 days) and over 2,000 written and oral submissions, the vast majority (>90%) of which were opposed.  The proposals were subsequently rejected by Council leading to TSMV suing the Town and other ongoing legal proceedings.

2021: BVE helped inform and engage citizens in the municipal election.

2022: BVE pushed for a higher proportion of affordable housing units in a proposal from the local school board to develop some of its downtown lands. The development (total of 120 units) is centrally located, making it ideal for much-needed affordable housing rather than weekender properties.

2022: BVE helped highlight problems with the 800 Canmore development proposal, which was mostly about building a number of large, estate homes beyond the Urban Growth Boundary and in a designated wildlife habitat patch.   

2022: BVE rebranded the area to the south of Canmore (including the undeveloped TSMV lands) as “Grizz Corridor” to better capture its importance as the last best route for bears and other wildlife to get around the town so they can link important habitats in Kananaskis Country with those in Banff National Park.  

2022: BVE incorporated as a not-for-profit society.