Marlis Butcher, the Canadian Park Bagger

about Marlis

Her Goal

In July 2019 Marlis accomplished her goal of visiting all 47 National Parks of Canada. Of course Park Canada continues to create new parks, with the latest, Thaidene Nene, being announced in August 2019. Marlis’s quest continues.

She is writing a book tentatively entitled “Discovering my Country and Myself Through the National Parks of Canada”.

Her Passions

Marlis Butcher is an environmental conservationist, a writer, and a photographer.  She is an accomplished wilderness adventurer, Nordic skier, backpacker, kayaker, canoeist, cyclist, and world traveller.

In 2016 Marlis was one of the first persons to visit Canada’s newest national park, Qausuittuq, in the high Arctic.  Her unique story about this trip was published by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

As a writer, Marlis has also published conservation related articles in the “Bruce Trail Magazine” and travel articles in her neighbourhood’s “Village Voice” newsletter.

Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC)

The Bruce Trail ConservancyAs a Director of the BTC Board, Marlis assists with the development of governance and strategy, guiding the CEO, and managing risks.  She is a Trail Director managing the maintenance of  115 of the 1200 kilometers of Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath.  Marlis also sat on the BTC’s Risk Committee and chaired the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s Conservation Committee.

The BTC is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Explorers Club (TEC)

Marlis is a member of The Explorers Club. Founded in 1904, TEC is an international organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.

Marlis volunteers as the Membership Director of TEC’s Canadian Chapter. She assists members through TEC procedures and she provides guidance to potential new members and associates on the application and sponsorship process.

In 2017 Marlis co-chaired the Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner (LTAD), themed “The Changing Face of the Arctic”. This was the first time that LTAD had been held outside of the United States.

Her Professional Designations

Marlis’ professional designations include Chartered Director, Chartered Professional Accountant, and MBA. Marlis combines her passions and skills in the work and projects she takes on.