(North Bay, May 26, 2022) The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) Board Members have appointed Chitra Gowda as its new CAO.

“Chitra brings to NBMCA more than 20 years of experience in collaboration, strategic planning, administration, governance, water program and policy, science and communications. She has worked in consulting, academic, municipal and conservation authority realms, experience which will help guide our staff, the Board and our member municipalities as we transition to implementing the Conservation Authority Act changes,” said NBMCA Board Chair Dave Britton.

Gowda was the provincial Source Water Protection Lead at Conservation Ontario for about six years, and more recently was the Senior Manager, Watershed Planning and Source Protection at Conservation Halton.

In 2020, Gowda was awarded the Water’s Next Leader Award of the Canadian Water Summit, for demonstrating significant leadership, innovation, and influence in the Canadian water sector.

“I am very excited to begin working in the vibrant North Bay-Mattawa watershed, with its ongoing growth and opportunities surrounded by abundant natural resources. NBMCA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the significant achievements of the staff and Board are commended. I look forward to our new path ahead,” said Gowda.

Gowda is succeeding outgoing CAO Brian Tayler, who is retiring in June after 19 years with NBMCA.

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) was founded in 1972 by the Province of Ontario and the NBMCA’s 10 member municipalities. A non-profit organization, the NBMCA works closely with the public to balance human needs with the environmental needs of the region’s watershed. NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario. www.nbmca.ca