(North Bay, November 25, 2021) After 19 years at the helm of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, CAO Brian Tayler will retire in June 2022.
Tayler’s career in conservation spanned 40 years, including 17 years with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and four years with the former Ministry of Natural Resources before joining NBMCA in 2003.
“When Brian joined us, NBMCA was in dire shape financially; its future was in question. He provided much needed stability to pull us out of a very difficult situation. He has been a rock for this organization ever since,” said Board Chair Dave Mendicino.
“He has earned the respect of the staff, municipalities, the province and the network of Conservation Authorities with his leadership, vision and ability to build effective partnerships,” added Mendicino. “He was able to effectively strike the right balance between the environmental, social and economic needs of the watershed and our communities.”
“I’ve truly enjoyed my career and the important watershed management work we do at NBMCA. It’s been a privilege to work with such dedicated, skilled professional staff and the Board members, municipal staff and community members who have over the years shared our commitment to our watershed,” said Tayler who announced his retirement to the Board at its meeting Wednesday evening.
Tayler also provided leadership on a provincial basis, having served as a Board member on Conservation Ontario, an organization which represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities (CA) which are mandated to ensure the conservation, restoration and responsible management of Ontario's water, land and natural habitats. He also served on the faculty of CA University, a training program targeted at Ontario CA senior staff to help build corporate resilience and leadership capacity throughout the CA network.
For the past year, Tayler was a member of the Conservation Authorities Act Working Group, which was appointed by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks to work with Ministry staff to provide advice to the Minister on regulations that would accompany recent changes to the Conservation Authorities Act.
The process to replace Tayler will be led by NBMCA’s Board of Director’s Executive Committee.
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. The NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario.
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Sue Buckle, Manager, Communications & Outreach (705) 497-4999 (cell)