Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Welcomes Interim CAO Gayle Wood

Gayle Wood has performed executive roles in other Conservation Authorities across Ontario, and has worked for the Ontario ministries of Environment and Natural Resources

News from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Posted February 26th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Veteran Conservationist Gayle Wood appointed interim CAO of a Niagara Peninsula Conservation in need of her kind of leadership

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to welcome Ms. Gayle Wood to the position of Interim Chief Administrative Officer/Secretary-Treasurer.

Ms. Wood will commence her position on March 1, 2019. She was appointed by the Board of Directors for a term of 5 months, while the Board undergoes a permanent CAO search currently underway with the help of an external hiring firm.

“Ms. Wood brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in conservation leadership as a senior executive to a number of Conservation Authorities across Ontario,” says NPCA Board Chair, Dave Bylsma.

Her recent experience includes Chief Administrative Officer/Secretary-Treasurer to the Nottawasaga Valley, Ganaraska and Lake Simcoe Conservation Authorities. She has worked for the provincial ministries of Natural Resources and the Environment and has experience in the private sector.

Ms. Wood graduated from University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in Environment Studies and has a Business and Strategic Management Certificate from York University. She has dedicated her career to watershed management, locally, provincially and internationally, often managing multiple watersheds at a time.

Internationally, Wood has worked with the governments of many nations, training delegates from China, Thailand, Russia, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Vietnam on watershed projects.

Her work in China was recognized with an award from the State Council of China for Public Engagement in Watershed Management in 1999 and 2000, and she was recognized locally in 2001 with a Conservation Award in Celebration of Women in York Region.

The Board would like to welcome Ms. Wood and is thrilled to work closely with her over the next five months as the NPCA embarks on a new chapter of environmental stewardship and leadership for the Niagara Peninsula watershed.

About the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.

NPCA manages 41 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.

A Footnote from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper –

Going back to my years as an environment reporter with The St. Catharines Standard and other publications, I have heard nothing but good things about Gayle Wood’s work and her dedication in the conservation and environmental fields.

So this is certainly some long-awaited, very good news for a Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in dire need of leadership that will get it back on a path to being the fine conservation body it was in decades gone by.

Every person in Niagara who cherishes what remains of our region’s natural resources and who wants to see that rich heritage protected and preserved for present and future generations, should  wish Gayle Wood well and offer her our support in the important work she has agreed to take on in the months ahead.

More from Niagara At Large on this positive development later.

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One response to “Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Welcomes Interim CAO Gayle Wood

  1. Looks good to me. Good luck Ms. Wood. You have a promising name for this role.


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