alan revill, board chair

At its recent virtual annual general meeting, Conservation Ontario announced the leadership team of the organization who will comprise the Board of Directors for the current term. Amongst the six appointees was Alan Revill, Chair of Cataraqui Conservation.

Mr. Revill was renewed to the Vice-Chair position and is joined once again by fellow Vice-Chair Lin Gibson of Conservation Sudbury, working closely with chair Andy Mitchell of Otonabee Conservation. The three other directors of the current Board are Linda Laliberte, General Manager of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Samantha Lawson, General Manager of the Grand River Conservation Authority and Deborah Martin-Downs, General Manager of Credit Valley Conservation.

Conservation Ontario works closely with and represents all 36 conservation authorities in the province, with a mission to “promote and continually strengthen a watershed-based conservation coalition in Ontario.”

The organization fulfills several important roles within the conservation movement and works co-operatively with other environmental agencies as well as acting as a liaison and advocate for conservation measures with the Ontario government.

Its mandate can be broken down into a few key sectors of responsibility, including policy and program development, business development and partnerships, communications, education and training, collective corporate services, government relations and information management and research.    

Conservation Ontario is governed by the aforementioned six-member elected Board of Directors and directed by a Council comprised of appointed and elected municipal officials from the 36 Conservation Authority Board of Directors and Conservation Authority staff. Conservation Ontario’s main source of funding is secured from its membership through levies and supplemented by project funding and contracts.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Conservation Ontario Board, and for the opportunity to represent not only our exceptional team at Cataraqui Conservation but bring the voice of eastern Ontario conservation authorities to the table,” said Revill.

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