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Notice of 2020 AGM

Join us at our AGM on March 23rd

Our 100th anniversary AGM will take place on Monday, March 23rd, 2020. The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Franco Manitoba Cultural Centre, (340 Provencher Blvd) on the second floor (Salle Antoine-Gaborieau). Please find our agenda, slate of nominees and resolutions below. 




23 MARCH 2020   7:00 pm

Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre

340 Provencher Boulevard, Winnipeg



  1. Welcome
  2. Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting 18 March 2019
  3. Annual Report of the President
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Appointment of Auditors for 2020
  6. Annual Reports of Committees
  7. Presentation: Tall Grass Prairie by Marilyn Latta*
  8. Resolutions
  9. Election of Board Members
  10. Election of Executive Members
  11. Presentation of Awards
  12. Adjournment

Refreshments and cookies

*Marilyn Latta is past-president of Nature Manitoba and long-time chair of its Habitat Conservation Committee. She was an integral part of identifying and conserving what's left of our tall grass prairies and establishing the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. She has worked for decades to help manage Nature Manitoba's tall grass prairie, as well as to educate the public about the prairie and the species there. We are pleased to have Marilyn at our AGM to talk about Nature Manitoba's rich history with the tall grass prairie and what it's been like to manage this property for 35 years!


Slate of Nominees:

Please note: We anticipate a last-minute addition to our slate prior to the AGM. We will keep this page updated with any changes, and will inform our membership of any additions in the March NM News. Thank you for understanding. 

Christian Artuso (3-year term): 

Above: Photo by Youn Young Park

Christian has a Ph.D. in Environment and Geography from the University of Manitoba. His thesis examined how Eastern Screech-Owls are affected by human population density. Christian works for Birds Studies Canada, managing Manitoba projects such as the Golden-winged Warbler Survey and the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas. Christian joined the Nature Manitoba Board in 2008, chairs the Manitoba Important Bird Area program and is involved with the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative and the Manitoba Avian Records Committee (MARC). Christian regularly leads bird outings and participates in numerous bird surveys such as the Manitoba Nocturnal Owl Survey (MNOS), Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and Christmas Bird Count (CBC). He has published many articles on Manitoba’s avifauna and recently received the Cliff Shaw Award for outstanding contributions to the Blue Jay. Christian is passionate about conservation and committed to public outreach, regularly giving presentations at venues ranging from schools to scientific conferences. Christian enjoys traveling and wildlife photography. He has photographed over 3,600 species of birds and his photos appear in many magazines and books. His website is

Marika Olynyk (3-year term):

Marika is an environmental educator and ecologist. She holds a Masters in Natural Resources Management, and has worked as an ecologist in the areas of pollination, avian, and prairie ecology. Marika currently works with Parks Canada and is a co-founder of Urban Ecology Winnipeg. She has a background in community engagement and is passionate about developing meaningful ways for people to interact with the natural world. In her spare time, Marika loves hiking, camping, and canoeing, and enjoys exploring new places across the province.



Resolution to the 23 March 2020 Annual General Meeting of Nature Manitoba - Put forward by Marilyn Latta, Chair, Habitat Conservation Committee:

Recognizing that Nature Manitoba spearheaded the first efforts to identify and conserve the remaining tall grass prairie habitat in Manitoba, and

Recognizing the hard work and dedication of Nature Manitoba volunteers, staff and donors over many years that resulted in the securing of land and the subsequent establishment of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve with various partners, and

Recognizing that the ongoing care and management of the tall grass prairie lands owned by Nature Manitoba has become onerous over time and that the major landowner and our partner organization in the Preserve,  the Nature Conservancy of Canada, has the staff and expertise to manage these lands optimally,

Therefore be it resolved that the members of Nature Manitoba present at this Annual General Meeting instruct the Board Executive to effect the transfer of ownership of its tall grass prairie properties to Nature Conservancy of Canada, in this our centennial year, and also to ensure appropriate recognition and ongoing management involvement.


Notice To Members:

Policy Resolutions: All proposed resolutions must appear in Nature Manitoba News at least 15 days prior to an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting or in a separate mailing to the members at least 15 days prior to the meeting at which they are to be voted on by the members. Any separate mailings of the resolution(s) shall be at the expense of the mover of the resolution(s) unless otherwise indicated by the Board.”

Amendments of the Bylaws: Notice of intent to amend the Bylaws shall appear in Nature Manitoba News at least twenty-one days prior to the Annual General Meeting or any Special General Meeting of the Society. A two-thirds majority of the members voting is required to amend the Bylaws.”