Green space surrounding Centre for Conservation building at Ball's Falls
Green space surrounding Centre for Conservation building at Ball's Falls



The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors, following a Niagara regional council decision last night.

The newly appointed Board members are Bruce MacKenzie from Town of Grimsby, Ed Smith from City of St. Catharines, Leah Feor from Town of Fort Erie, and John Ingrao from City of Welland. They will replace outgoing members and Councillors Jeff Jordan, Brian Heit, Tom Insinna, and Pat Chiocchio.

“We are extremely grateful to the outgoing members for their commitment and dedication to the NPCA since their appointment at the beginning of this term,” says Dave Bylsma, NPCA Board Chair. “Our Board has been successful in closing a number of important files and showing that we’re operating the way we are meant to operate. We look forward to working with our new members as they help us move the NPCA forward and continue to rebuild public trust and provide accountability and transparency to the organization.”

The role of the Board of Directors is to approve all policies, procedures, and annual budgets, provide direction on strategic priorities and be accountable to the public for the successful operation of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, among other responsibilities. The current Board is comprised of 18 members; 12 from Niagara Region, four from the City of Hamilton, and two from Haldimand County.

“I am pleased to welcome our four newest members to our Board of Directors,” adds Diana Huson, NPCA Board Vice-Chair. “It is important to have a board of directors that is composed of individuals who complement each other with knowledge from various sectors, and different skills and experiences. These are all very well-qualified individuals in their specific areas, who are passionate about the environment and will certainly be an asset to the Board and the organization.”

The next NPCA Full Authority Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled to meet on June 19 at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.

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About NPCA:

The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.

NPCA manages 41 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.


Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Erika Navarro
Communications Specialist
Mobile: 905-650-4027