Polar Bears International

Meagan Hainstock

Meagan Hainstock

Meagan “Meg” Hainstock has devoted her entire career to wildlife, and she’s approached this passion from many angles for over two decades. She started by chasing a childhood dream of being a wildlife photographer and writer, completing her first degree in fine arts and English. Then, wanting to protect the creatures that crossed her lens and page, she studied animal behavior for her Masters of Science degree. Her research continued—studying everything from honeybees in Nova Scotia to beluga whales in sub-Arctic Churchill— and Meg now walks a strategic line between science and art. She believes in translating what we learn from science into vivid stories that compel others to conserve wildlife. PBI’s approach to science-based storytelling and conservation drew her to us, and she is proud to lead PBI operations in Canada. Prior to joining PBI, Meg worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband—a fellow wildlife enthusiast and PBI collaborator—Stephen Petersen, the Head of Conservation and Research at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Center.