Eugène Lapointe was home-schooled in the Canadian wilderness by his mother and game warden father. After military service, he spent 14 years in government service, where he helped draft the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), of which he became Secretary-General (1982–1990).
After leaving CITES, he founded the International Wildlife Management Consortium, which campaigns to Integrate Wildlife, Markets and Conservation (IWMC). IWMC believes that when wildlife species have value, stakeholders will make the effort to sustain it.
Eugène Lapointe is a jurist, diplomat, hunter, humanist, husband, father, ice hockey coach, and lecturer. But he is also one of the most credible and optimistic thinkers in the field of conservation.
President of the IWMC World Conservation Trust