To protect and restore Canada’s natural environment by supporting organizations engaged in land conservation.
MapleCross is based in Ontario, Canada.
THE MAPLECROSS STORY
Jan Oudenes, Ph.D.
Jan Oudenes was born in The Netherlands, grew up in a business environment and completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in radio and nuclear chemistry at the State University of Leyden. Subsequently he moved to Edmonton in 1974 and studied at the University of Alberta. After completing a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, he studied at the Eidgenössische Hochschule in Zurich, Switzerland, investigating the prebiotic origin of life. Upon his return to Canada in 1982, he joined Torcan Chemical Ltd. in Aurora, a start-up laboratory company in pharmaceutical chemicals. Under Jan’s leadership the company gradually became an internationally well-known contract research, development and manufacturing organization in the field of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), particularly for very complex molecules. Jan also started an equipment company, Aurora Chemicals Ltd., which designed and marketed equipment to handle highly active products. Torcan Chemical matured into a commercial manufacturing company of a number of novel APIs and, after a decade of strong growth, Jan initiated the sale of the company in 2001 for his shareholders.
In 2003, Jan started up a new company, Alphora Research Inc., with the mission to research new chemical processes and to develop manufacturing processes for novel and very complex molecules. It took approximately a decade to build another powerhouse in the pharmaceutical market, from concept to approximately 150 personnel, laboratory and manufacturing facilities, and to develop a wealth of new manufacturing technologies to assist pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies from invention to the market place. An exciting endeavour indeed! Once the company had been firmly established, Jan sold the business in 2017 en route to yet another venture: MapleCross.
During his studies in Alberta, Jan developed an appreciation for nature, enjoying many visits to the Rocky Mountains. It left an enduring impression, together with canoeing in Ontario, and enjoying outdoor ventures to the Yukon and the South Nahanni River. Ultimately, our appreciation has led to the establishment of MapleCross and our mission: “Investing in Canada – Investing in Nature”.
Isobel M. Ralston, Ph.D.
Isobel Ralston holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from The University of Western Ontario and The University of Alberta, respectively. She has approximately 30 years’ experience in global drug development and has held senior management positions in established international pharmaceutical companies. She has also consulted to the emerging pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, assisting in the research strategy and project management of novel pharmaceutical products.
Isobel’s love of nature grew during childhood camping trips across Canada with her family. She has backpacked, hiked and canoed in various regions of Canada (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Yukon) and frequently cycles near her home and in Europe. Isobel sits on several Boards and continues art studies.
OUR ADVISORY TEAM
We greatly appreciate the experience, wisdom, advice and friendship of all those who have made an impact somewhere along our exciting MapleCross journey, especially:
- Dave Agro
- Chris Ballard
- Trisha and Ross Beaty (Sitka Foundation)
- Ian Buchanan
- Catherine Marshall
- Machtelt Oudenes
- Bill Ralston
Our nature trust / land conservancy partners
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MapleCross has made a major contribution to the acquisition of each of the following properties:
Lake Winnipeg, MB
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Property Summary List
Total: 13,450 hectares
|1||ORMLT||MapleCross Nature Reserve – King||King Township, ON||32|
|2||NCC||MapleCross Tract||Cockburn Island, ON||589|
|3||BTC||MapleCross Ridge Nature Reserve||Kemble, ON||41|
|4||BTC||Barrow Bay Cliffs Nature Reserve||Lion’s Head, ON||147|
|5||BCPF||Princess Louisa Inlet (I)||Princess Louisa Inlet, BC||800|
|6||NCC||MapleCross Coastline Reserve||Prince Edward County, ON||55|
|7||NCC||MapleCross Meadow at Staley Point||Wolfe Island, ON||33|
|8||NTBC||Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow (Phase I)||Princeton, BC||446|
|9||BTC||MapleCross Nature Reserve at River and Ruin||Lowville, ON||28|
|10||BTC||MapleCross Nature Reserve at Canning’s Falls||Caledon, ON||28|
|11||NCC||Secteur MapleCross||Shawinigan, QC||509|
|12||INT||Wji’kijek – MapleCross Natural Area (I)||Alexandra, PEI||47|
|13||INT||MapleCross Upland Hardwood Natural Area||Lewes, PEI||44|
|14||BCPF||Princess Louisa Inlet (II)||Princess Louisa Inlet, BC||259|
|15||NCC||Buffalo Pound||Buffalo Pound, SK||866|
|16||NSNT||Spectacle Island||Wedgeport, NS||24|
|17||GBLT||Rose Island||Carling Township, ON||116|
|18||NTBC||Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow (Phase II)||Princeton, BC||390|
|19||BCPF||West Ballenas Island||West Ballenas Island, BC||40|
|20||BTC||MapleCross Nature Reserve at Cape Chin||Bruce Peninsula, ON||212|
|21||NTNB||Ross Island||Grand Manan, NB||373|
|22||BCPF||Edziza||Mount Edziza, BC||3500|
|24||NCC||MapleCross Beach Ridge at Breda Bay||Lake Winnipeg, MB||4|
|25||NCC||MapleCross Siglavik Wetlands||Lake Winnipeg, MB||41|
|26||BCPF||Lonesome Lake||Stuie, BC||62|
|27||NTBC||Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow (Phase III)||Princeton, BC||213|
|28||BCPF||Young Point||Lasqueti Island, BC||104|
|29||NTBC||Nicomen Slough||Nicomen, BC||8|
|30||NTBC||Qw’xwulwi’s Cable Bay Conservation Area||Galiano Island, BC||26|
|31||NCC||South Wakomao Shores||Lake Wakomao, AB||113|
|32||INT||Wji’kijek – MapleCross Natural Area (II)||Alexandra, PEI||26|
|33||INT||MapleCross – Morell River Riparian Zone Natural Area||Bangor, PEI||15|
|34||NCC||MapleCross Block at Lake Ranch||East Shoal Lake, MB||2680|
|35||CFI||MapleCross Melrose Hill Forest (I)||Mabou, NS||190|
|36||CA||Ross MapleCross||South-Stukely, QC||225|
|38||NTBC||Keremeos Columns – MapleCross Grassland||Similkameen Valley, BC||194|
|39||CFI||MapleCross Melrose Hill Forest (II)||Mabou, NS||71|
We make donations to organizations that have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charitable number. MapleCross does not accept donations from individuals or corporations.
Funds are primarily for land securement with the objective of land conservancy and the preservation of Canada’s nature.
Cumberland, British Columbia
Courtenay, British Columbia
FOR ALL INQUIRIES:
For all inquiries, or if you are a Canadian charitable organization working for nature conservation and interested in partnering with MapleCross, contact us at email@example.com