Conservation Halton has announced a leadership change under which the Board of Directors has appointed Hassaan Basit as General Manager, replacing Ken Phillips, who served as Chief Administrative Officer for just over nine years. The recruitment of a new CAO is anticipated to be completed at the end of June.
“Decisions like these are difficult but it has become necessary for Conservation Halton to look ahead and change our approach in order to ensure that we are able to reach our goals and grow as an organization.” said John Vice, Chair of Conservation Halton. “This will require a defined strategic plan, more efficient, effective operations, strong financial foundation, trust and accountability, and a willingness to invest in innovations.” continued John Vice.
“Transitions can be tough, especially when an organization is going through some turbulence. However Conservation Halton is a resilient organization, staffed by professionals who are focused on their jobs. We are about to enter our 60th year as a community-based conservation authority, and underpinning our new strategic plan will be the core of what we do and have done for decades at Conservation Halton: providing sustainable, quality conservation programs and services to watershed residents and visitors.” said Hassaan Basit, General Manager of Conservation Halton.
“As the strategic plan is developed and implemented, the next six months will be nothing short of a transformation for Conservation Halton, and the Board of Directors has absolute confidence in Hassaan as the new General Manager.” added John Vice.
A biologist at the University of Toronto early in his career, Hassaan has been with Conservation Halton for 12 years, starting out as Communications Specialist, before moving to Community Engagement and then Director of Communications. His latest role as Director of Strategic Planning has demonstrated his commitment and skill in engaging staff, asking tough questions, building consensus and moving forward in a focused, strategic direction. He also served as acting Director of Lands, which has allowed him a thorough understanding of Conservation Halton from a conservation, regulation, and operations perspective. In addition to his experience at a senior leadership level, his academic qualifications include a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Toronto, M.Sc from Queen’s University of Belfast, and Masters Cert. in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.