Quebec-Labrador Foundation

  • The Ven. Robert A. Bryan, Founder, Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) with Community Service Volunteers, Harrington Harbour, Québec, 1963.

    Photo: QLF Archives

  • QLF’s Cessna N369E with Bob Bryan returns from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 2002. For decades, Bob Bryan flew volunteers to Québec North Shore to participate in Community Service Programs.

    Photo: Telford Allen

  • Tabusintac River, New Brunswick, site of QLF’s first Environmental Education programs funded by Power Corporation.

    Photo: Greig Cranna

  • QLF Community Service Volunteer, Philip Nadeau, coaches a young, aspiring lacrosse player, North West River, Labrador, 1969.

    Photo: Bob Bryan

  • QLF Alumnus Philip Nadeau reads the Invocation at the first QLF Alumni Congress, in Budapest, Hungary, in April 2006, that was attended by 200 Alumni - former volunteers, interns, and international fellows - representing Canada and the U.S. as well as 30 countries.

    Photo: Anita Szeicz

  • Red Bay, Labrador, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, has been a location for QLF conservation internships for many years.

    Photo: Nicholas Gates

  • Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctic) on St. Mary’s Island, a Seabird Sanctuary on the Québec Lower North Shore.

    Photo: Greig Cranna

  • Kathleen Blanchard leads a workshop for youth on the Atlantic Puffin at the St. Mary’s Island Seabird Sanctuary, Québec, in 1978.

    Photo: Greig Cranna

  • In 2017, Kathleen Blanchard (right) and QLF’s team of wildlife researchers conduct a survey of endangered shorebirds along Newfoundland’s southwest coast.

    Photo: Russell Wall

  • Gros Morne National Park, Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former location of QLF Environmental Education Programs.

    Photo: Nicholas Gates


QLF was founded in 1961

Its environmental stewardship model was adopted by 75 countries

There are 5,000 QLF alumni living around the world

Made in Québec Environmental Stewardship Model adopted by 75 countries

When he founded the Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) in 1961, little could Reverend Robert Bryan have known that it would one day spawn similar programs in 75 countries around the world. Or, that the model developed by the QLF would become a global template for cross-border efforts to connect environmental problem solving with the needs of the communities.

The QLF supports the communities and environments of Eastern Canada and the New England states in the U.S. It has offices in Montréal, Québec, and Ipswich, Massachusetts. The QLF believes a stewardship approach is the best means of achieving its goals on a generational basis. Each year, it recruits 24 interns (university students) and volunteers (high school students) to participate in one- to 12-month programs in Eastern Canada, New England and overseas. Working with QLF staff and partners, these individuals acquire relevant, in-the-field experience allowing them to bring environmental leadership to their own communities.

Reflective of the values and approach of its founder, the QLF places great importance on individual leadership in mounting the charge for community-based conservation, protecting biodiversity and promoting local cultural heritage. Since the 1970s, the QLF has been offering residential conservation camps and experiential outdoor leadership opportunities for youth, adults and families. Philip Nadeau, from St. Paul’s River on the Québec North Shore, was QLF’s first scholarship recipient.

In 1977, the QLF created the Atlantic Center for the Environment to develop environmental programs.

A World View

The success of its regional programs convinced QLF leadership that their template could be an effective model for other countries which were looking for ways to address environmental issues spanning an international border. That cross-border model has now been adopted by conservation leaders in Central and Southeast Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf States; and Southeast Asia.

“The QLF is a remarkable organization that has been quietly and effectively working away at solving environmental issues for more than half a century,” says John Rae, Special Advisor of Power Corporation and a member of the QLF’s Canadian Board of Directors. “Power Corporation has provided support to QLF since 1977 and we continue to be captivated by the success and impact of its locally developed model, which has been so effectively implemented around the globe.”

“For more than a half a century, Power Corporation has been a proud supporter of the Québec Labrador Foundation. Its contributions over the years funded, among other things, QLF’s Scholarship Program, which provides academic awards to promising university students in QLF’s home region: the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Québec North Shore. The support of partners such as Power Corporation has a significant impact on the communities; even the smallest action, can make a huge difference for the environment,” says Elizabeth Alling, President of the QLF. 

The support of partners such as Power Corporation has a significant impact on the communities; even the smallest action, can make a huge difference for the environment.
Elizabeth Alling


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