Elizabeth Thorn

Photo image of Elizabeth Thorn, Speaker at 215 Sources of Knowledge Forum

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth Thorn retired to the Bruce from Ottawa in 2008 and immediately became involved with the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, which she has chaired since 2010. She is also a Director at Large for the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory. Elizabeth was CEO for two national not for profits and uses her extensive management experience to lead the Biosphere Association to achieve its goals of building community commitment and capacity for conservation and sustainable economic development while achieving concrete goals.

During her tenure as Chair of the Board, the Biosphere’s conservation achievement highlights include leading the community to develop its first Conservation and Stewardship Plan, the multi-year Six Streams Protection and Restoration Initiative, the Identification and Control of Phragmites project, multi-year efforts to protect the Bruce’s Dark Sky and a new forest re-connectivity project. Bayside Astronomy is the hallmark program of the Biosphere’s sustainable economic development efforts to make the Bruce’s dark sky a tourist attraction. It celebrates the Bruce’s dark sky and attracts 2000 people annually in July and August to the star gazing program.
Together with her husband of over 40 years, Jeremy Thorn, Elizabeth lives on the shores of Lake Huron in Greenough Harbour. She delights in discovering and sharing with their three children and four grandchildren the ecological treasures of the Bruce which has one of the highest concentrations of rare species in all of Canada.

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