Beth Gilhespy - CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy

Beth Gilhespy

CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy

Beth is an avid hiker, amateur geologist, and fossil enthusiast

Beth’s passion for the land began in her childhood while exploring the forests, caves and crevices of the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario. She learned early on that the white blazes that marked the world-famous Bruce Trail meant surprise, adventure, and excitement around every corner.

Her love of landscape led her to pursue Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physical geography and geology from the University of Guelph. In 2004, after fifteen years working as an environmental consultant, while volunteering with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Beth took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. She now supervises a staff of seventeen and has overseen the permanent protection of over 6,300 acres of Niagara Escarpment landscape, worth $22 million.

One of Beth’s great joys is continuing to explore the geology of the Niagara Escarpment and inspire others to learn more about the landscape around them. In 2004 she started leading geology hikes along the Bruce Trail, and her most treasured compliment came when a geology hiker told her how grateful they were that she had taught them to “read the landscape”.

Beth has taken her love of the outdoors and geology outside Ontario and her beautiful Bruce Trail, exploring the wonderful footpaths of the UK and on annual hikes in the magnificent Rocky Mountains.