NPCA and Conservation Authority’s former CAO Mark Brickell Have Reportedly  “Resolved” Differences Over a Hefty Lawsuit

Brickell sued the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for $2.3 million in February of 2019 for wrongfull dismissal by now former NPCA administrators and board members in late 2018

A Brief Foreword Note by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted October 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Former NPCA CAO Mark Brickell and the Conservation Authority have apparently reached a settlement on Brickell’s $2.3 million lawsuit against the agency. No further detailed have been made available.

I knew that the NPCA’s new board and administrators were working to reach some sort of mutually agreeable settlement to the heft lawsuit former NPCA CAO Mark Brickell filed against the agency in February of this year.

However, we have no details on whatever settlement may have been reached in recent days or any payment or compensation the NPCA has made to Brickell, who served in the role of CAO from April 2017 to December of last year.

The following “Joint Statement”, released late this Friday afternoon, October 18th, 2019 as all of the information we have received so far.

It came with a note from an NPCA communications specialist, reading; “Because this is remains an HR matter, the NPCA will not be providing any further comment.” 

If an when Niagara At Large finds out more about the settlement or agreement reached between the parties, we will certainly post it. After all, this is mostly our municipal tax dollars at work here. Stay tuned. 

Now here is the joint statement –

10.18.2019

JOINT STATEMENT: NPCA & FORMER CAO, MARK BRICKELL

We are pleased to announce that the NPCA and Mark Brickell have resolved the issues arising from Mr. Brickell’s departure from the NPCA.

Agreement with Brickell was discussed during length session of the NPCA board this October 16th. Photo by Doug Draper

COMMENT FROM NPCA BOARD CHAIR, DAVE BYLSMA: Mark Brickell assumed the role of CAO at the NPCA during a very public and highly controversial time. We appreciate the passion that Mark Brickell brought to the role and his desire to create a professional, positive and high-performing workplace. We also appreciate the improvements he made in managing capital spending, growing revenues and delivering surpluses.

Notably, Mr. Brickell’s financial leadership of the NPCA was confirmed by the “clean” 2018 financial audit conducted by KPMG. With a new Board governing the NPCA, this is an opportunity to make a fresh start and we are looking to continue to move the Organization forward with a goal of becoming just that – a professional, positive and high-performing workplace.

COMMENT FROM MARK BRICKELL: I am proud of what I accomplished at the NPCA. I was hired to guide the NPCA at a very challenging time and led the NPCA through a successful audit by the Auditor General of Ontario. While the organization still has improvements to make, I was able to successfully initiate many processes that have begun the development towards creating an efficient and productive environment focused on best business practices while balancing the management of our natural resources.

The NPCA Board wishes former CAO Mark Brickell well on his future endeavours.

That is the end of the statement. Now back to Niagara At Large – 

To read a news commentary on this matter, prepared and posted by Niagara At Large earlier this year, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/12/07/mark-brickell-is-out-as-niagara-peninsula-conservation-authoritys-cao/ .

To read a report on Mark Brickell filing the lawsuit against in the NPCA, published earlier this year in the St. Catharines Standard, click onhttps://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9179598-brickell-sues-npca-for-2-3-million/

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