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Conservation Halton 2013 Inaugural Meeting sees John Vice return as Chair and Keith Bird as Vice-Chair

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Media Release
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton held its 57th Inaugural Board meeting last week on Thursday, February 21. John Vice, citizen appointee from the City of Burlington, was acclaimed as Chair of the Board and Keith Bird, Regional and Town Councillor from Oakville, was acclaimed as Vice-Chair. Both will be in their third year in these roles.

Mr. Vice has been on the Conservation Halton Board for nine years, while Mr. Bird has been a board member for all but two years since 1974. During those two years, Mr. Bird was on the Conservation Halton Foundation Board.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on the Board for the nomination and Conservation Halton staff for their hard work over the past year. It really is a great organization to be part of. There are so many wonderful things happening with the hundreds of thousands of visitors to our parks, and the tireless efforts of our staff to protect the natural environment,” said Mr. Vice.

“Glen Eden is one example and is a really nice story of what’s happening at our parks. They just had a tremendously busy Family Day with more than 6,500 visitors enjoying skiing, snowboarding and tubing. The staff initiated-decisions to invest in our infrastructure with snowmaking and grooming equipment, as well as the renovation of our Visitor’s Centre, have helped Glen Eden become a significant attraction and one of the top four busiest ski and snowboard operations in Ontario,” added Mr. Vice.

Also, during the Inaugural Board Meeting, Keith Lalonde, one of two Citizen Representatives from the City of Mississauga, announced that he is stepping down from the board effective March 1, 2013. Mr. Lalonde has been a board member since 2004. He commented, “It has been an honour and true privilege to have been part of the Conservation Halton Board.”

Conservation Halton 2013 Board of Directors

The Conservation Halton Board of Directors is made up of elected officials and citizen representatives from the communities within Conservation Halton’s Watershed – Burlington, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville and Puslinch.

Regional Municipality of Halton


Ms. Sandra Morrison
Mr. Gerry Smallegange
Councillor John Taylor
Mr. John Vice, Chair


Mayor Gordon Krantz
Councillor Cindy Lunau
Councillor Rick Malboeuf

Halton Hills

Councillor David Kentner
Councillor Bryan Lewis


Councillor Keith Bird, Vice-Chair
Councillor Cathy Duddeck
Councillor Allan Elgar
Councillor Alan Johnston

Regional Municipality of Peel / City of Mississauga

Mrs. Jean Williams
One position vacant

City of Hamilton

Mr. Ian Dunlop
Mr. Ed Wells

Township of Puslinch

Mr. Stephen Gilmour

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.


Hassaan Basit, M.Sc.
Director, Communications Services
Telephone: 905-336-1158 ext. 270

Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158 ext. 233