Board of Directors

Board Members

  • John Metcalfe, Chair

    John Metcalfe, Chair

    Haldimand County

    Chair Metcalfe continues his tenure with NPCA having previously served as Vice-Chair for two consecutive years.

    A dedicated public servant with a wealth of experience in municipal governance and environmental conservation and stewardship, he also proudly serves as Deputy Mayor for Haldimand County and Councillor for Ward 2, in addition to several committees like Agriculture, Engineering and Capital Works and Corporate and Social Services.

    With an extensive background in public service from the Ministry of Transportation and as a volunteer firefighter for more than 25 years, Chair Metcalfe brings a strong commitment to community well-being and safety.

    On the NPCA Board, Chair Metcalfe serves on the Audit & Budget Committee and the Source Protection Authority.

    Phone: 289-775-6206


  • Stewart Beattie, Vice-Chair

    Stewart Beattie, Vice-Chair

    Citizen Representative

    Vice-Chair Beattie is a seasoned leader with a diverse background in engineering, management and community service.

    Serving on the NPCA Board of Directors since 2011, he brings more than 20 years of experience as an operations manager, 39 years in integrated steel plant maintenance, and 42 years of dedication to community volunteerism, school trustee roles, and small business ownership.

    He holds a B.A. Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo, with a focus on water resources, as well as a M.B.A. from York University with a focus on general management.

    A resident of Winona, Vice-Chair Beattie has been instrumental in the Winona Peach Festival, serving as Board Chair, Board Member, and President since 1975.

    He is now retired and has been married to Georgina for 48 years, with 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

  • Brad Clark, Member

    Brad Clark, Member


    Member Clark has more than 20 years of private sector experience in executive management, public affairs, communications, government relations, and community engagement.

    His public affairs consulting firm, Brad Clark Associates, specializes in community relations. He was honoured to serve in Ontario’s 37th parliament, as MPP for the Riding of Stoney Creek, Minister of Labour, Minister of Transportation, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

    Currently, he is a three-term Hamilton City Councillor for Ward 9 - Stoney Creek. He serves on the boards of Directors for both the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

    On the NPCA Board, Member Clark is Chair of the Governance Committee and serves on the Source Protection Authority.

    Phone: 905 546-2703


  • Brian Grant

    Brian Grant

    Niagara Region - Wainfleet

    Mayor Brian Grant is serving his first term on the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Wainfleet. By virtue of his office, Mayor Grant also represents the Township as a Member of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

    Mayor Grant is a third generation Wainfleet resident. Born in the Township, he continues to reside here with his wife, Erin and their four children. 

    He is semi-retired, working as a private contractor and is the owner/operator of a seasonal business in Wainfleet, known as 905 Rentals. Mayor Grant is proud to serve the needs and wants of the Township, with a commitment to honesty and transparency.

    Phone: 905-931-5000


  • Diana Huson, Member

    Diana Huson, Member

    Niagara Region- Pelham

    Member Huson has been a lifelong resident of Niagara and is serving her second term on regional council.

    She has a diverse background in marketing, strategic planning, operations and project management in both the private and public sector. She is a graduate of Brock University having a MA in Political Science with a specialization on Public Policy and a MBA in Marketing.

    Member Huson is an avid hiker, having a membership with the Bruce Trail and an avid interest in preserving and protecting Niagara’s environmental landscape.

    On the NPCA Board, Member Huson is on the Audit & Budget, CAO Selection, Governance, Strategic Planning Committee and Watershed Floodplain Committees, as well as serves on the Source Protection Authority.

    Phone: 905-324-3094


  • Donna Cridland, Member

    Donna Cridland, Member

    Citizen Representative

    Donna brings nearly 30 years of private business experience to her new public sector roles. She served one term as Councillor in the Township of Wainfleet until 2022, and is now serving her second term on NPCA board,

    As a professional in the banking industry, Donna’s experience as a front-line Manager prepared her for specialized roles in headquarters, such as risk, operations and project management.

    In addition to her strategic banking perspective, Donna rounds out her skills with small business success as an owner and partner, building a fly-in fishing lodge business in remote Northern Ontario.

    Donna’s environmental lens is grounded in her previous dedication to Izaak Walton Fly Fishing club conservation on the Credit River system and more recently as one of the early executives on the Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited. When you meet Donna, conversations and actions quickly move to water and food, or conservation and farming.

    On the NPCA Board, Member Cridland is on the Governance and Finance committees, as well as serves on the Source Protection Authority and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation.

  • Mark Tadeson

    Mark Tadeson


    Member Tadeson is serving his first term as councillor for the City of Hamilton. He represents Ward 11, home of Lake Niapenco and the Binbrook Conservation Area.

    A retired principal, Tadeson brings 30 years of experience in education, having worked for both the Halton and Hamilton Wentworth District School Boards (HWDSB). Having grown up in Glanbrook, he is committed to building and supporting the local communities.

    Phone: 905-527-9269


  • Michelle Seaborn, Member

    Michelle Seaborn, Member

    Niagara Region- Grimsby

    Member Seaborn is a long time resident of Grimsby, serving her first term as Regional Councillor.

    In 2010, she was elected to municipal council and served two terms. She was active on the Planning and Economic Development committees as well as with Parks and Recreation. She participated on various committees such as Happening in Grimsby, Doors Open and events through the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) and the West Lincoln Poultryfest.

    At the Regional level, she sits on the Planning and Economical Development committee as well as the Public Works Committee.

    Member Seaborn is greatly interested in the Biosphere and escarpment lands as they were instrumental in her desire to be part of the Niagara Conservation Authority and the Source Water Protection committee. She also sits on the NPCA governance committee.  

    Member Seaborn has an extensive background in Agriculture with a Master’s Degree at the University of Guelph. She runs a small mixed use farm, as well as a pure breed dog kennel. She held Professional Agronomist standing for many years and was the Director of the Niagara North Federation of Agriculture for Grimsby. In 2008 she started the Grimsby Farmers’ Market and in 2021, was hired by the Township of West Lincoln to set up and run a Farmers’ market for that community.

    Phone: 905-317-9783


  • Patrick O'Neill

    Patrick O'Neill

    Haldimand County

    Phone: 289-925-4610


  • Robert Foster

    Robert Foster

    Niagara Region - Lincoln

    Member Foster is the Niagara Region Councillor from Lincoln, elected to that role in 2018.  Previously he had been elected as Lincoln Town Councillor in 2001 and served continuously in that role until moving to the Region. He was elected by the Region to be on the NPCA Board and served as Chair of NPCA Board of Directors from February 2022 to April 2024.

    At Niagara Region, Robert is chair of the Corporate Services Committee, serves on the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), and is a Director of the Southwestern Integrated Fiber Technology project (SWIFT).

    Member Foster has an extensive background in information technology, having worked both in media and healthcare developing software business solutions.

    His education background includes a master’s degree in public administration, a second master’s degree in library and information sciences, both from Western University, and a BA in political science from McMaster University. Robert has also achieved his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

    Phone: 905 563 7219