Essex Region – After a fulsome recruitment process, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has selected Tim Byrne for the position of CAO/Secretary-Treasurer. Having served in this interim role since September, Tim will officially take on the permanent role effective February 1.
“As a Board, we anticipate that ERCA will need to lean heavily on Tim’s 35 years of experience as well as his practical expertise in the regulatory environment as we respond to the impacts of Bill 229,” said Tania Jobin, ERCA Chair. “The recent changes to the Conservation Authorities Act will require a transition plan and municipal agreements, and the Board will be relying on Tim to collaboratively steer the organization through this next phase.”
Last week, Byrne was recognized for 35 years of service to the ERCA. Formerly the Director of Watershed Management Services, he has been responsible for implementing guidelines and policies that impact the way Conservation Authorities do business across the province, and has been key in helping to manage flood response across the region.
“Although the regulations associated with the changes to the Act resulting from Bill 229 remain to be developed, we do face a significant transition to the way we deliver our broad scope of integrated watershed management programs,” said Byrne. “I look forward to working with the Province, our municipal members and stakeholders across the region to ensure we can continue to create a future of environmental sustainability for our region.”
The Essex Region Conservation Authority is a public sector organization established by the Province in 1973, and governed by local municipalities, to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario.