Administration

Board Members

  • April Jeffs, Member

    Township of Wainfleet

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    In addition to serving on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, April also serves the community in many other ways:

    • Co-Chair Public Health
    • Vice-Chair Budget
    • Public Works Committee
    • Corporate Services Committee
    • Procedural Bylaw Committee
    • Agricultural Policy and Action Committee
    • Director - South Western Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT)
    • Director - Niagara Children’s Centre
    • Board Member - Association of Local Public Health Agencies (ALPHA)

    Personal interests in conservation:

    April has a long-term vision of sustainability for the Township of Wainfleet with a focus on agriculture, agri-tourism, and passive recreation, all of which are impacted by conservation efforts.

    Phone: 905-658-7890

    Email: april.jeffs@niagararegion.ca

  • Brian Baty, Member

    Town of Pelham

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    • B.Sc. (Biology) - Dalhousie University;
    • B.Ed. - Brock University;
    • M.S.Ed. - Niagara University

    Personal interests in conservation:

    I have been a longtime hiker and camper and an active gardener. I have planted in excess of 200 trees and support a spring fed pond on my property. I have been an active member and held numerous leadership roles in community and professional organizations. I have participated in two municipal and three organizational strategic planning exercises.

    Phone: 905-892-5317

    Email: brian.baty@niagararegion.ca

  • Bruce Timms, Member

    City of St. Catharines

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Professional Engineer

    Member of P.E.O

    B.A.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

    Phone: 905-401-3097

    Email: bruce.timms@niagararegion.ca

  • Councillor Paul MacPherson, Member

    Town of Lincoln

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Paul was appointed to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) Board of Directors in July of 2017 as the representative for Lincoln. Paul sits on the NPCA Audit, Budget, Strategic Planning and Floodplain Committees.

    Email: pmacpherson@lincoln.ca

  • Councillor Rob Shirton, Member

    Haldimand County

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    The 2nd term as a Councillor for Ward 5- which consist of former townships Byng, Moulton, and Sherbrook(Lowbanks). Acting Deputy Mayor for 2017 in Haldimand County.

    Brock University graduate (1986) with a Business Economics degree. Sales Representative for Royal Lepage Niagara for over 25 years. Married with two daughters.

    Email: rshirton@haldimandcounty.on.ca

  • Dominic DiFruscio, Member

    City of Thorold

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Board member since 1993, and has only missed three meetings during that time. Mr. Difruscio has been a part of the following committees during his time on the Board: Cave Springs Management Plan Steering Committee, NPCA Budget Committee, Welland River Restoration Committee, Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy Committee, and the St. Johns Conservation Area Steering Committee to name a few.

    Personal interests in conservation:

    Mr. Difruscio is an outdoor enthusiast and avid hunter. He has served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII. Most recently, he has been passionate about the monarch butterfly. Mickey has been cultivating milkweed plants and donating them to the NPCA for plantings across the watershed.

    Email: ddifruscio@npca.ca

  • Douglas Joyner, Member

    Township of West Lincoln

    Phone: 905-957-4926

    Email: douglas.joyner@niagararegion.ca

  • J. Stewart Beattie, Member

    City of Hamilton

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Stelco Hamilton, Radiation Protection Officer, Laser Safety Officer, Mercury Assessment and Reduction, PCB storage and disposal. Six-year member of NPCA Board

    Personal interests in conservation:

    I have 7 Grandchildren, and I want to leave the planet in better condition from when I arrived. Water quality, Trees and vegetation, Over populating of the Planet, There is a variety of life on earth. We depend on this diversity for all our needs; the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soils in which we grow our food, the lands and waters that sustain us.

    Email: jsbeattie@npca.ca

  • James Kaspersetz, Vice-Chair

    City of Hamilton

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Senior Environmental Specialist - Ontario Environmental Assessments

    University of Guelph. 1988

    Personal interests in conservation:

    Wetland Remediation

    Email: jkaspersetz@npca.ca

  • Mayor Jim Diodati, Member

    City of Niagara Falls

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Past Member of Environmental Planning and Greening Committee:

    Integrated Pest Management of Shriner’s Creek (W51)
    Placement and monitoring of purple martin birdhouses
    Past Chair and Member of Recreation Commission, Niagara Falls

    Personal interests in conservation:

    My interest in conservation started with a love of landscaping at a young age. I appreciated greening and the benefits that it had to a community while working summers at the Niagara Parks Commission in my youth. Throughout my years, I have shared my appreciation with my family, as we have traveled throughout Canada, coast to coast, enjoying the outdoors and natural areas. My children often joke that I’m the only dad they know who has a bird-bath heater for feathered visitors to our yard in the winter.

    I continue to be passionate about expanding the trail network in Niagara Falls with a goal to complete the North/ South connection by adding at least one section per year. Additionally, I am an avid supporter of our work with CN Eco Connections and plantings and advocacy through our Park in the City Committee in Niagara Falls. A major ecological step during my time at City Hall was achieved in advancing our partnership with Coyote Watch Canada, a humanitarian organization that we work closely with to help our residents coexist not only with coyotes, but with wildlife throughout our community.

    Phone: 905-356-7521

    Email: jim.diodati@niagararegion.ca

  • Mayor John Maloney, Member

    City of Port Colborne

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Depth of experience in public affairs, providing background in many areas that would be advantageous to being a Board Member having to deal with sensitive issues, including but not limited to:

    • Mayor, City of Port Colborne 2014 to date
    • Regional Councillor, Regional Municipality of Niagara – 2014 to date and a member of the following committees:
      • Corporate Services Committee
      • Planning and Development Committee
      • Public Works Committee
      • Public Health Committee
      • Budget Review Committee

    • Member, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority 2014 to date
      • Member of Cave Springs Management Plan Steering Committee

    • Member of Parliament – 15 years
      • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
      • Chair of the Justice Committee
      • Member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food
      • Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs
      • Member of the Standing Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations
      • Member of Rural Caucus

    • Practiced Law for 20 years
    • Osgoode Hall Law School 1970
    • University of Toronto 1967

    Personal interests in conservation:

    Lifelong interest in conservation, the environment, and the outdoors starting with the scouting movement as a youth and continuing to date. Keen interest in water quality of our lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Desire to maintain a balance between the availability of outdoor, recreational activities and controlled development.

    Past member of the Bruce Trail Association.

    Phone: 905-835-2900

    Email: john.maloney@niagararegion.ca

  • Sandy Annunziata, Chair

    Town of Fort Erie

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology - King’s College -University Western Ontario

    Personal interests in conservation:

    A frequent visitor to NPCA’s Conservation Areas, Sandy takes advantage of Niagara’s ‘Natural playground’ as often as he can. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys hiking, camping, biking and fishing with his Children. Sandy is a strong advocate for youth issues and has teamed up with many community partners encouraging physical health through sport & fitness and mental health through his anti-bullying programs. Sandy is a life long resident of Niagara.

    Phone: 905-321-1210

    Email: sandy.annunziata@niagararegion.ca

  • Tony Quirk, Member

    Town of Grimsby

    Conservation training/employment or relevant education:

    This is Tony’s first term as a Conservation Authority Board Member, being appointed by Niagara Region 2015.

    Tony was elected by his peers on the NPCA Board of Directors to serve as Chair of the Budget, Audit and Strategic Planning Committees. His background in air pollution control has provided the Board with an environmental lens
    and a commitment to a solutions-based approach to conservation issues.

    As Budget Chair, Tony has overseen both the re-balancing of the levy with Hamilton and Haldimand and found savings resulting in a 5% decrease in the Niagara share. Under his financial stewardship, the NPCA has also seen the four main recreation properties turn the corner from requiring taxpayer subsidies to creating revenue to reduce the burden on taxpayers

    As Audit Chair, he has ensured that the financial statements are clear, concise and accurate, immediately addressing any concerns identified by the Auditor.

    Finally, He has been leading the charge on the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, ensuring a broad-based consultation with all stakeholders in the Niagara Peninsula watershed.

    Tony is one of the most active Board Members at NPCA, ensuring the concerns of Niagara and Grimsby are heard.

    Phone: 289-408-8669

    Email: tony.quirk@niagararegion.ca