Chair Rob Foster and Vice-Chair John Metcalfe, at AGM Balls Falls Conservation Area



Chair Robert Foster and Vice-Chair John Metcalfe Re-elected

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) held its 64th Annual General Meeting, to reflect on the achievements from 2022 and carry out the election of Chair and Vice Chair for the 2023 Board of Directors’ term.

The Business portion of the meeting was called to order by CAO, Chandra Sharma, who conducted the election of officers. Niagara Regional Councillor, Robert Foster, was re-elected as Chair, and Ward 2 Councillor for Haldimand County was also re-elected to the role of Vice-Chair.

“I am very pleased to be returning as chair of this dynamic organization. I want to take the opportunity to thank our directors from 2019 to 2022, who moved the organization forward with regards to governance and strategic planning,” says Robert Foster, Board Chair. “For our new Board, we have some challenges ahead of us, particularly in and around new provincial legislation. With it, we also have the opportunity to develop new ways of delivering services in and around planning together with our municipal partners across the watershed.”

"I am pleased to be re-elected as Vice Chair of the NPCA Board of Directors,"  adds John Metcalfe, Board Vice-Chair. "I look forward to working with senior staff and the Chair to meet the challenges and pressure of new legislation and inflationary costs that are affecting organizations such as the NPCA and staying the course on our 10-year strategic plan and moving the organization forward."

At the AGM, the NPCA also celebrated nine of its employees, acknowledging them for their milestone years of service. This was followed by the annual Year in Review video presentation, showcasing the successes of the NPCA, its Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and community partners in 2022.

“We are starting the new term with a strong foundation of policies, procedures, and programs delivered in a very short amount of time. Thanks to the commitment and leadership of NPCA’s outgoing Board members and hard work of exceptional staff,” says Chandra Sharma, NPCA CAO. “I am particularly pleased that several past Board members are returning for the next term to provide the much needed continuity and I look forward to working with our new Board of Directors to build on our remarkable success.

The Board of  Directors approved its 2023 meeting schedule with amendment to denote a 9 a.m. start time to its monthly meetings. The next meeting for the Board of Directors is on Friday, March 24, and will continue to take place in a hybrid format. Meeting agendas, minutes, and live-streamed videos are available at

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About NPCA:

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With more than 63 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management. 

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery. 

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