Stephen Legault is the Principal of Highwater Mark. He is a father, husband, writer, photographer and nature lover. His personal mission is to serve others in their efforts to make the world a better place.
Stephen has been active in civil society since 1988 when he founded his high school’s first environmental club. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Stephen was active in the student movement in Canada, helping found his college’s Earth Issues Club and serving as the Ontario co-Director of the Canadian Unified Student Environmental Network. In 1992 he moved to Alberta to work for Parks Canada, and became involved in the conservation movement in that province. He served as a director of the Bow Valley Naturalists, as 1st Vice-President of the Alberta Wilderness Association, Chair of the Kananaskis Coalition (13 community, recreation, and conservation groups), and as a founding director of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. During the 1990’s Stephen worked as a freelance writer, penning stories for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Explore, Outdoor Canada, Canadian Wildlife, and many others. For five years he wrote a bi-weekly column for his community newspaper, the Canmore Leader.
In 1999 Stephen co-founded Wildcanada.net, a national conservation organization whose mandate is to help conservation minded Canadians and other conservation organizations integrate online technology into strategically sound conservation efforts. He became the organization’s first Executive Director in December of that year, and has led the organization’s development to serve more than 35,000 people, and participate in over 60 conservation campaigns. With the team at Wildcanada.net, he helped launch ActionWorks.ca in 2004, bringing Wildcanada.net’s expertise to the broader civil society movement across Canada.
Stephen has extensive experience in organizational development, team building, leadership development, fundraising, online campaigning, grassroots mobilization, media relations, government relations and lobbying, campaign development, and execution and entrepreneurial non-profit development. His work has cut across civil society: he has worked with ethically driven businesses, the labour movement, political parties, and social justice, arts, and cultural organizations.
In July of 2005 he launched Highwater Mark Strategy and Communications. He has worked with more than twenty social profit organizations, businesses and a number of government agencies since that time.
Recently Stephen served as the Senior Development Officer (Sustainability) for The Royal Roads University Foundation, where he helped lead a $100 million capital campaign, with a focus on the Robert Bateman Centre for Art and Environmental Education, and leadership on triple-bottom line practices in business, government and society.
Stephen’s first book, Carry Tiger to Mountain – The Tao of Activism and Leadership was published in 2006 by Arsenal Pulp Press.
Stephen is currently writing The Cole Blackwater environmental murder mystery series. The first book in the series, The Cardinal Divide, was published in the fall of 2008 by NeWest Press. The Darkening Archipelago, the second Cole Blackwater mystery, was published in March of 2010. Visit the writing section of this website for information on Stephen’s various publishing endeavors.
He is the father of two beautiful boys, Rio Bergen and Silas Morgen. He and his wife Jenn split their time between Victoria, BC, and Canmore, Alberta.