OUR MISSION

To protect and restore Canada’s natural environment by supporting organizations engaged in land conservation.

ABOUT US

MapleCross is based in Ontario, Canada.

THE MAPLECROSS STORY

Dr. Jan Oudenes and Dr. Isobel Ralston established the MapleCross fund upon exiting their respective business careers in 2017. They have had the opportunity to travel widely, together developing an understanding and respect of the Canadian wilderness. From hiking the Rocky Mountains and canoeing in Ontario and on the South Nahanni River (Northwest Territories) to quietly appreciating the forest on their own property, Isobel and Jan have become increasingly aware not only of nature’s beauty and splendour, but also its fragility. They created MapleCross with the intention to invest in and protect ecologically sensitive land, preserving natural features and biological diversity for generations to come. The environmental changes caused by humankind, directly and indirectly, have been staggering. Beyond the contributions of MapleCross itself, Jan and Isobel hope that this endeavour will inspire others to direct their own efforts and contributions to safeguarding our irreplaceable planet.

+Jan Oudenes, Ph.D., BIOGRAPHY

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., BIOGRAPHY

Isobel Ralston holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, respectively. She spent two years as a Research Associate at the Universität Zürich, Switzerland. Isobel has approximately 30 years’ experience in global drug development. She held senior management positions in established international pharmaceutical companies, directing clinical research and regulatory affairs. She also consulted to the emerging pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, assisting in the overall strategic development and project management of novel pharmaceutical products from proof of concept through all stages of clinical research.

Isobel has backpacked, hiked and canoed in various regions of Canada (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Yukon) and frequently cycles in Europe. Isobel sits on several Boards and continues art studies; her paintings have been exhibited in several group shows.

+Acknowledgements
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
and
Our nature trust / land conservancy partners
“I can walk in the woods
and that be the end
of what I do there”
Brenda Berringer

PROTECTED PROPERTIES

MapleCross has made a major contribution to the acquisition of each of the following properties:

ONTARIO

maple cross nature reserve King
MapleCross Nature Reserve – King
King Township, Ontario
32 hectares/81 acres
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maplecross tract Cockburn
MapleCross Tract
Cockburn Island, Ontario
589 hectares/1457 acres
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maple cross nature reserve Kemble Ontario
MapleCross Ridge Nature Reserve
Kemble, Ontario
41 hectares/100 acres
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barrow bay cliffs nature reserve
Barrow Bay Cliffs Nature Reserve
Lion’s Head, Ontario
147 hectares/363 acres
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maple cross coastline reserve
MapleCross Coastline Reserve
Prince Edward County, Ontario
55 hectares/135 acres
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maplecross meadow at Staley Point
MapleCross Meadow at Staley Point
Wolfe Island, Ontario
33 hectares/81 acres
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maplecross nature reserve at River and Ruin
MapleCross Nature Reserve at River and Ruin
Lowville, Ontario
28 hectares/69 acres
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smaple cross nature reserve at Canning's Falls
MapleCross Nature Reserve at Canning’s Falls
Caledon, Ontario
28 hectares/70 acres
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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Princess Louisa Inlet
Princess Louisa Inlet (I)
Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia
800 hectares/2000 acres
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princess louisa inlet II
Princess Louisa Inlet (II)
Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia
259 hectares/640 acres
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Princeton Grasslands Maplecross Meadow
Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow
Similkameen Valley, British Columbia
447 hectares/1103 acres
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QUEBEC

Secteur maplecross
Secteur MapleCross
Shawinigan, Quebec
509 hectares/1258 acres
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NOVA SCOTIA

Spectacle Island
Spectacle Island
Wedgeport, NS
24 hectares/60 acres
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SASKATCHEWAN

Buffalo Pound
Buffalo Pound
Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan
866 hectares/2140 acres
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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

crown point
Crown Point – Wji’kijek Natural Area
Alexandra, Prince Edward Island
47 hectares/117 acres
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lewes king county pei
MapleCross Upland Hardwood Natural Area
Lewes, Kings County, Prince Edward Island
44 hectares/109 acres
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Property Summary List

Total: 9783 acres

2017
1 MapleCross Nature Reserve – King King Township, Ontario 81 acres
2019
2 MapleCross Tract Cockburn Island, Ontario 1457 acres
3 MapleCross Ridge Nature Reserve Kemble, Ontario 100 acres
4 Barrow Bay Cliffs Nature Reserve Lion’s Head, Ontario 363 acres
5 Princess Louisa Inlet (I) Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia 2000 acres
6 MapleCross Coastline Reserve Prince Edward County, Ontario 135 acres
7 MapleCross Meadow at Staley Point Wolfe Island, Ontario 81 acres
8 Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow Similkameen Valley, British Columbia 1103 acres
9 MapleCross Nature Reserve at River and Ruin Lowville, Ontario 69 acres
10 MapleCross Nature Reserve at Canning’s Falls Caledon, Ontario 70 acres
2020
11 Secteur MapleCross Shawinigan, Quebec 1258 acres
12 Crown Point – Wji’kijek Natural Area Alexandra, Prince Edward Island 117 acres
13 MapleCross Upland Hardwood Natural Area Lewes, Kings County, Prince Edward Island 109 acres
14 Princess Louisa Inlet (II) Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia 640 acres
15 Buffalo Pound Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan 2140 acres
16 Spectacle Island Wedgeport, Nova Scotia 60 acres

properties map

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MapleCross Nature Reserve – King
King Township, Ontario
32 hectares/81 acres

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MapleCross Tract
Cockburn Island, Ontario
589 hectares/1457 acres

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MapleCross Ridge Nature Reserve
Kemble, Ontario
41 hectares/100 acres

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Barrow Bay Cliffs Nature Reserve
Lion’s Head, Ontario
147 hectares/363 acres

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MapleCross Coastline Reserve
Prince Edward County, Ontario
55 hectares/135 acres

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MapleCross Meadow at Staley Point
Wolfe Island, Ontario
33 hectares/81 acres

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MapleCross Nature Reserve at River and Ruin
Lowville, Ontario
28 hectares/69 acres

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MapleCross Nature Reserve at Canning’s Falls
Caledon, Ontario
28 hectares/70 acres

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Princess Louisa Inlet (I)
Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia
800 hectares/2000 acres

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Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow
Similkameen Valley, British Columbia
447 hectares/1103 acres

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Secteur MapleCross
Shawinigan, Quebec
509 hectares/1258 acres

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Princess Louisa Inlet (II)
Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia
259 hectares/640 acres

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Crown Point
Alexandra, Prince Edward Island
47 hectares/117 acres

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MapleCross Upland Hardwood Natural Area
Lewes, Kings County, Prince Edward Island
44 hectares/109 acres

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Buffalo Pound
Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan
866 hectares/2140 acres

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Spectacle Island
Wedgeport, NS
24 hectares/60 acres

FUNDING

We make donations to organizations that have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charitable number.

Funds are primarily for land securement with the objective of land conservancy and the preservation of Canada’s nature.

+Other Donations
MapleCross supports the following environmental charities:
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Toronto, ON
www.torontowildlifecentre.com
Cumberland Community Forest Society
Cumberland, British Columbia
www.cumberlandforest.com
Kus-kus-sum
Courtenay, British Columbia
www.projectwatershed.ca
Forests Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
www.forestsontario.ca

other donations

CONTACT US

Courtesy NCC

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 info@maplecross.ca