Cataraqui Conservation new gm david ellingwood

At its February meeting, the Full Authority Board of Cataraqui Conservation announced the appointment of David Ellingwood as the new General Manager of the organization.

After a comprehensive process by the Hiring Committee, Ellingwood’s choice was ratified unanimously by the Board and will see him taking over for outgoing General Manager Katrina Furlanetto at the end of April. Furlanetto spent nearly five years in the position, helping Cataraqui Conservation navigate through many challenges, including a global pandemic and changing provincial government priorities.

In making the announcement, Full Authority Board chair Gary Oosterhof outlined the wealth of experience Ellingwood brings to his new position, having spent the majority of his career working within the conservation realm. Most recently, he was Director of Water Resources and Deputy CAO of North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.

Cataraqui Conservation will be the sixth conservation authority for which Ellingwood has worked, beginning with Kawartha Conservation where he had a contract to do conservation education activities at local schools and conservation areas. He followed that up with 15 years working in communications with Lakehead Region Conservation Authority in Thunder Bay, before moving on to specializing in source water protection jointly for both Saugeen Conservation and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority for a decade, working his way up from the communications portfolio to project manager.

From there, Ellingwood took on multiple roles at North Bay-Mattawa over the last six years, including overseeing source water protection, water resources, lands, flood forecasting, on-site sewage systems and planning.

On behalf of staff and the Full Authority Board we would like to welcome David to the Cataraqui Conservation Team.