Board of Directors Meeting Highlights-January

61st Annual General Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting Highlights – January 15th , 2020

Election of Officers:

The 61st Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority was held on January 15, 2020. In addition to Member appointments to the various NPCA Committees, the Board elected a new Chair and Vice Chair for the 2020 calendar year. Councillor Brenda Johnson from the City of Hamilton assumes the role of Chair while the position of Vice Chair goes to Member Bruce Mackenzie of the Region of Niagara.
Links to Minutes and Video: https://npca.ca/administration/board-meetings

About Chair Brenda Johnson:
In 2007, while working for Environment Hamilton as a Project Manager, Board Chair Johnson led her community to fight development that would greatly alter the natural environment of their neighbourhood. She was successful in this endeavor and others. In 2010, Chair Johnson was elected as the City of Hamilton’s Ward 11 Councillor. She is presently serving her third term as the elected official for Glanbrook Ward 11 which is within the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority watershed. To better serve the residents of Glanbrook and due to Chair Johnson’s past experience and interest in both the Agricultural and Rural Affairs as well as Conservation Authorities, Brenda requested the City of Hamilton’s appointment to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Board and has been a Board member since January 2019. On the NPCA Board, Chair Johnson is Vice Chair of the CAO Selection Committee and serves on the Source Protection Authority.

About Vice Chair Bruce MacKenzie:
Vice-Chair MacKenzie is a resident of Grimsby and is a graduate of the University of Guelph, with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife Biology. His extensive career in conservation includes 39 years with the Hamilton Conservation Authority, managing Conservation Areas and the Fifty Point Marina, eventually stepping into a Director of Customer Services and Operations position. He is currently a Commissioner of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, Director of the Hamilton Naturalists Club, Bird Study Group, and coordinator of the Grimsby Wetlands. He has previously served as President of the Ontario Marina Operators Association, President of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, and Founding Director of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

Vice-Chair MacKenzie has a high desire to give back to the community and foster a strong appreciation of the superb natural heritage of the Niagara Watershed. His conservation efforts span from combating invasive species to the five-year fight he and others undertook to have the former sewage lagoons converted into a natural wetland space. He firmly believes in the benefits of being active in nature for physical and mental wellbeing and would like to build on the immense benefits of providing and protecting natural areas close to where people live. He enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of nature with others, in addition to writing, hiking, kayaking, nature photography, biking and art.

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