President and CEO

Hassaan Basit


(Updated Apil 2021)

Hassaan Basit is the President and CEO of Conservation Halton. His connection with Conservation Halton started 16 years ago. Over the years he has held several positions.
Four years ago, Conservation Halton started a process of transformation through our strategic plan, Metamorphosis. That strategic plan was an important first step for us to better understand the needs of our community and lay the groundwork for what needed to be done. Metamorphosis has now reached its end, but it is more important than ever for us to plan for the future. Our new strategic plan, Momentum, positions us to use the improvements and achievements we have made to carry us into the future for a more green, resilient, connected tomorrow.
Hassaan holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc in Science Communication from Queen’s University of Belfast, and an Executive MBA in Digital Transformation from DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He was also a biologist on staff at University of Toronto early in his career.

Outside of his professional role he is an advocate for sustainable growth, healthy watersheds, and equitable access to greenspace. He is always interested in collaboration and open innovation to address environmental issues. He is also a member of the University of Toronto (Mississauga) Campus Council and enjoys teaching and mentoring in various capacities.


Senior Leadership Team


Mark Vytvytskyy, Chief Operating Officer

In this role, Mark supports a variety of business functions with the goal to bring consistency and enable predictability to everything that we do on the enterprise level. The portfolio includes Parks Operation, Flood Forecasting, Information Technology, and Infrastructure, Global Information Systems, Project Management Office, Risk and Compliance, Marketing, and Innovation Hub.

By integrating these areas of our business, this approach positions us to embrace innovation, enables smart decision making, guides and manages large-scale projects, supports strategic revenue generation for full cost recovery, improves operational efficiency, and provides leadership for the implementation of our strategic plan. This department also works to secure funding for many of our conservation areas, restoration, stewardship, and education projects through sourcing and securing external grant funding.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time outside on his bike, embraces continuous learning opportunities on the professional and personal levels and is very passionate about technology and how it is transforming our day-to-day lives.

Corporate Compliance 

Jill Ramseyer, Director, Corporate Compliance

This department brings together experts responsible for occupational health and safety, land and risk management, internal audit, insurance, and procurement initiatives at Conservation Halton. Corporate Compliance is responsible for ensuring the organization and its employees follow applicable laws, standards, and ethical practices. While laying out expectations for employee behaviour, corporate compliance helps staff to stay focused on organizational priorities and goals, while ensuring business operations run smoothly.

Human Resources 

Plezzie Ramirez, Director, Human Resources

The human resources team strives to build and cultivate a corporate culture that is results driven and people centric. This is achieved by attracting, supporting and investing in the brightest and most passionate people to achieve our ambition and by providing key programs related to employee engagement, employee recognition, talent acquisition, talent development, total rewards, and workplace wellness.

Parks and Operations

Craig Machan, Director, Parks and Operations

The purpose of this department is to ensure that Conservation Halton’s seven core conservation areas and 1.2 million visitors are managed in a safe, environmentally friendly, and fiscally responsible manner. Each park offers visitors unique experiences. Our parks are important to our communities as they contribute to physical and mental well-being while also providing exceptional educational opportunities to over 65,000 students each year. Along with the operation of the core seven parks, this department also includes the management of all forests on Conservation Halton’s ten thousand acres. The forestry team ensures that each forest is maintained and managed to optimize health and safety of the trees while developing resiliency in the effort to mitigate climate change..

Planning and Watershed Management 

Barbara Veale, Director, Planning and Watershed Management

The purpose of this department is to protect people and property from natural hazards, such as flooding and erosion and to conserve the natural environment in support of sustainable communities and a healthy watershed. The department has three foci: planning and regulations, science and partnerships, and watershed planning and source water protection. The department offers policy and planning services, administers the regulatory approvals and compliance program, implements the floodplain and hazard mapping program, undertakes watershed planning including managing our natural assets, and is the lead authority for the Halton-Hamilton Source Water Protection Program supporting clean and abundant municipal drinking water. We also develop partnerships for implementing environmental research, watershed monitoring and assessment, and environmental restoration projects.

Planning and Regulations

Kellie McCormack, Associate Director, Planning and Regulations

Planning and Regulations is responsible for regulating all development within or near floodplains, wetlands, watercourses and shorelines, mapping of natural hazards and providing comments and technical advice on provincial and municipal policy and planning initiatives and development applications. Our key goals are to protect life and property from potential damage due to natural hazards and ensure potential environmental impacts of proposed development are minimized. We also strive to provide excellent customer service, timely responses, and sound technical expertise.

Science and Partnerships 

Kim Barrett, Associate Director, Science and Partnerships

Science and Partnerships is responsible for scientific monitoring and assessment of the natural environment so that we can make informed decisions around planning, conservation, restoration, and resource management in the watershed. We also partner with academia, government, residents, and other groups to identify restoration opportunities and undertake projects that increase our ability to sustain the environment and adapt to climate change.


Garner Beckett, Executive Director, Foundation

The Conservation Halton Foundation is a registered charitable organization that strives to protect our natural lands, connect our community with nature, and inspire individuals and groups to affect meaningful change. Working in partnership with Conservation Halton, the Foundation raises charitable donations and sponsorships for environmental projects and programs in the Halton watershed, benefitting the residents of Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Puslinch, Halton Hills and surrounding areas.