Our lives are a mix of experiences from people we meet, places we visit and events that unfold. Sometimes it is an individual that plays an important role by showing us how to look at something in a new way. Milton Wong was one of those people. Milton died on Saturday after a career as a successful businessman, entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is well known in Vancouver circles for his support of social causes. I had the good fortune to meet him while he was Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. He asked me to join him to establish a collaborative institute to address environmental issues. The concept did not catch on but I learned a lot about how to visualize and build an organization. The idea stewed in my mind for several years and in 2003, a group of friends and colleagues established the Pacific WildLife Foundation. It was this meeting with Milton that inspired the idea of our foundation.


About rob butler

I am a scientist, author and naturalist with over four decades of field study of wild animals. You can read more at my web site at
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