BREAKING NEWS – Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Announces New CAO

News from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Posted December 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper at NAL –

The following news was circulated to the news media and posted on Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s website shortly after 9 a.m. this Friday, December 13th, 2019.

NPCA’s current board, with interim CAO Gayle Wood, a veteran conservation administrator, seated to the left of board Chair Dave Bylsma at back. In her short time there, Wood has done a great deal to get the embattled Conservation Authority back on track to focusing on a conservation mission and restoring public trust. File photo by Doug Draper

The appointed of a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)) to a publicly funded body that is responsible for important conservation and environmental protection work in Niagara area watersheds and is still recovering from the turmoil and ill management of the past six or seven years is an important development in and of itself.

Given that, Niagara At Large will certainly have more to say about this appointment and the efforts of NPCA’s new CAO and her management team, and the body’s current board of directors’ efforts to get the NPCA back on a conservation track in the days, weeks and months ahead.

For now, here is the NPCA’s news release –  

NPCA Welcomes Ms. Chandra Sharma As New CAO

Chandra Sharma is NPCA’s new CAO, effective January 1st

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to welcome Ms. Chandra Sharma to the position of Chief Administrative Office/Secretary-Treasurer. After an extensive search, the Board of Directors selected Ms. Sharma for the position, and she will commence on January 1, 2020. 

“Our new CAO brings to the role more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in strategy, governance, operations, and program development,” says NPCA Board Chair, Dave Bylsma. “We are excited to have her join the amazing team we already have in place and continuing to move the NPCA forward.”

Ms. Sharma began her career at Toronto & Region Conservation Authority as a Stewardship Coordinator and quickly moved through progressively more senior roles as Project Manager of the Humber River Watershed, Watershed Specialist and Senior Manager of Climate Programs.

Most recently, she has held the roles of Director, Watershed Strategies and Director, Community Engagement and Outreach, where she provided strategy and policy leadership, developed an employee recognition program, developed and operationalized TRCA’s first engagement strategy and led the government and community relations activities.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Geography, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations, a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Planning from York University as well as a Public Management Certificate from the Schulich School of Business, Ms. Sharma brings a wealth of knowledge through her experience and education.

“Ms. Sharma has been described as a leader that effectively empowers her team, engages with stakeholders, is inspirational and provides thoughtful, thorough decision-making,” adds current NPCA CAO, Gayle Wood. “I’m confident this was the right decisions and that the NPCA is being left in excellent hands.”

As the Board of Directors has now completed this task, it is important to thank those on the selection committee and chair Bill Steele for their commitment to this important service to the organization. 

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 42 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.

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