Mark Angelo, CMOBC hails from Burnaby, British Columbia and is an internationally-celebrated river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher and paddler. He is the founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, an event now embraced by millions of people in more than 60 countries. World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world’s waterways. Established in 2005, it highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in every country face an array of threats, and World Rivers Day promotes the active involvement of citizens to ensure the health of rivers in the years ahead. Mark has received the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades. Among his many other awards are the inaugural United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award. Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, B.C. has bestowed on Mark an honorary doctorate for his river conservation work both locally and globally. As an avid kayaker, canoeist and rafter, Mark has traveled on or along close to a thousand rivers spanning well over one hundred countries; perhaps more than any other individual.