Conservation Halton held its Annual General Meeting and 62nd Inaugural Board meeting on Thursday, February 22. Gerry Smallegange, Citizen Representative from Burlington was re-elected, and will serve for his second year as Chair. He is the tenth Chair of the Board in Conservation Halton’s history. Moya Johnson, Halton Hills Councillor was nominated as Vice-Chair and will serve in this role for the first time.
Smallegange, who has been on the Conservation Halton Board since 2011, was nominated by Oakville Councillor Cathy Duddeck. Johnson, who has been on the Conservation Halton Board since 2015, was nominated by Burlington Citizen Representative John Vice.
“Over the past twelve months, the Board of Directors have worked together to implement governance enhancements, particularly in the areas of finance and audit,” said Conservation Halton Board Chair Gerry Smallegange. “I am proud to be a part of this vibrant organization that has embraced change and is striving for greater effectiveness and collaboration. I look forward to serving as Board Chair in 2018.”
Conservation Halton held its Annual General Meeting, following the Inaugural Meeting and released its 2017 Annual Report. The report provides an update on Conservation Halton’s progress this past year towards targets set for the objectives and measures set out in the Strategic Plan, Metamorphosis.
The Annual Report reported on the following nine objectives as identified by Conservation Halton’s Senior Leadership Team:
- Public Safety
- Watershed Resources
- Recreation, Education and Tourism Opportunities
- Community Planning and Development
- Natural Resource Management
- Customer Satisfaction
- Digital Transformation
Conservation Halton Chief Administrative Officer Hassaan Basit provided an overview of some of the highlights of the Annual Report and the progress made by the organization towards targets set out within the Strategic Plan. Of note were:
- Increase in the number of real-time hydrometric stations from 16 to 32 which has increased the area which can be monitored by Flood Operations during significant weather events
- Conservation Halton parks receiving one million visits in 2017 and more than 65,000 people participating in parks educational programming
- Improvements in the comments and review times of permit applications, planning applications and minor permit applications.
- Customer satisfaction rate as identified through a survey as part of the Kelso / Glen Eden Master Plan of 75% of customers being satisfied or very satisfied
- Conservation Halton delivers economic impact in the community through the hiring of 746 seasonal employees who earn $3.5 million in wages
“This past year was a vital year in Conservation Halton’s history with a significant change in our culture led by a brand new Senior Leadership Team, which has energized the staff in our organization with renewed energy and purpose. As you can see in our Annual Report, there were some tremendous accomplishments,” said Hassaan Basit, Chief Administrative Officer. “In the year ahead, we will look to build on this momentum and look to advance in several areas, most notably with a digital transformation utilizing technology to come up with creative solutions and improve service delivery to our customers.
A full copy of the 2017 Conservation Halton Annual Report can be found on the website at www.conservationhalton.ca/annualreport.
About Conservation Halton’s Strategic Plan, Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis was chosen as the name of Conservation Halton’s Strategic Plan, because in nature, metamorphois is the biological process of transformation, differentiation and growth that many species go through as they transition from one life stage to the next. Conservation Halton will go through its own metamorphosis and the phases can be found in the strategic plan. The Strategic Plan has five main themes:
- Taking care of our growing communities
- Protecting our natural, cultural and scenic assets
- Preparing for the effects of climate change
- Creating opportunities to connect with nature
- Honouring the land and territory
Conservation Halton’s Board of Directors approved the Strategic Plan in February, 2017. The full version of the Strategic Plan can be viewed at www.conservationhalton.ca/metamorphosis.