Mission and vision

The CGBRO’s mission is the conservation and development of the natural heritage it manages within the territory of the Grandes Baies de l’Outaouais Wildlife Refuge.

More specifically, the CGBRO has as its objectives:

  • Protect, conserve and enhance the natural heritage, wildlife resources and their habitats and access to the territory while allowing activities with or without harvesting within a framework of sustainable development.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and recovery of threatened, vulnerable or likely to be threatened wildlife and plant species as well as species of special interest.
  • Give priority to the conservation of biodiversity and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Promote to the public, supervise and organize the activities and services of the CGBRO and the wildlife refuge.
  • Carry out public awareness and education of the wildlife refuge’s natural heritage.
  • Ensure the sound management of the funds made available to it for the realization of its mission and objectives, as well as its activities and services in the wildlife refuge, and respect the delegation agreement agreed upon with the Ministry responsible for wildlife (MFFP).

The CGBRO is defining its vision for the territory of the wildlife refuge. Some elements are already agreed upon:

  • Although conservation must come first, the territory will not be under a “glass bell” and wildlife harvesting activities (hunting, fishing, trapping) will continue to be allowed. However, certain activities could be prohibited or regulated (e.g. camping, permanent hunting blinds, off-road vehicle traffic, etc.).
  • The management of the territory should be inspired by major principles: respect for sustainable development (balance between the environment and economic development); protection of the integrity of ecosystems and landscapes; respect for the living environment of citizens; respect for conservation easements.
  • Accessibility to the territory should be maintained or even improved.

Board of Directors

In parallel with the process of creating the wildlife refuge, a non-profit organization, the Corporation de gestion des berges de la rivière des Outaouais (CGBRO), was created in 2001 to assist the MFFP in managing the future wildlife refuge. The founding organizations were the Société de la faune et des parcs du Québec, the Club des ornithologues de l’Outaouais, the Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais, the Fédération québécoise de la faune and the Sauvaginiers de l’Outaouais.

In 2021, the CGBRO Board of Directors was reactivated.

According to its bylaws, the CGBRO Board of Directors is composed of 11 members representing the following groups:

  • Wildlife: organizations dedicated to wildlife harvesting (2 representatives).
  • Nature: organizations dedicated to environmental conservation and protection (2 representatives).
  • Citizens: citizen representatives (individual members) (2 representatives);
  • Territory: City of Gatineau (1 representative), Township of Lochaber-Partie-Ouest (1 representative).
  • Economic: from the commercial and/or industrial sector (2 representatives).
  • First Nations: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (1 representative).

2021 Board of Directors:

President: Daniel St-Hilaire (FédéCP-07)
Vice-president: Richard St-Louis (citizen representative)
Secretary: (vacant)
Treasurer: Benoit Laliberté (citizen representative)
Directors: Julie Chagnon (Evolugen)
Mark Gloutney (Ducks Unlimited)
Geneviève LeBlanc (CPAWS-OV)
Jean Lessard (City of Gatineau)
Brian Nixon (Gatineau Ice Fishing Centre)
Pierre Renaud (Municipality of Lochaber-Partie-Ouest)
Pascal Samson (ABV des 7)