NPCA Board

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority are governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 15 members appointed by the member municipalities as follows:

  • 12 Members appointed by Niagara Region
  • 2 members appointed by the City of Hamilton
  • 1 member appointed by Haldimand County

Meetings - Minutes & Agendas

Process of Selection for the NPCA Board of Directors

Board Members Policy Handbook

Regulation #1- Governance and Administration Policies 
Regulation #2- Meeting Procedures
Regulation #3- Hearing Procedures
Regulation #4- Code of Conduct

Board Members

Councillor 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

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

Councillor 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.


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.

Mayor Frank Campion, Member

City of Welland

Conservation training/employment or relevant education:
PADI Scuba Courses
NOAA Technical Dive Courses

Personal interests in conservation:
I have experience in canoeing, kayaking, and camping. I am a PADI certified advanced scuba diver and hold National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nitrox Enriched Air Certification.
PADI Trained and Certified Boat Diver, Conservation Diver, Drift Diver, Multilevel Diver, Night Diver, Search & Recovery Diver, Underwater Navigator & Wreck Diver.

Tel: 905-735-1700 ext 2101
Cell: 905-714-2514

Lord Mayor Patrick Darte, Member

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake


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.

Mayor Jim Diodati, Member

City of Niagara Falls

Conservation training/employment or relevant education:
Niagara Parks Commission, Board Member
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.

905-356-7521 ext. 4201

Mayor 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.



Mayor Douglas Joyner, Member

Township of West Lincoln


Councillor Paul MacPherson, Member

Town of Lincoln

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.

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.

905-835-2900 ext. 301

Councillor Tony Quirk, Member

Town of Grimsby

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.


Councillor Rob Shirton, Member

Haldimand County

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.

Councillor Bruce Timms, Member

City of St. Catharines

Professional Engineer 
Member of P.E.O 

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

Cell 905-401-3097
Res 905-934-6816
Bus 905-651-2861