President and CEO

Hassaan Basit


(Updated October 2020)

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.
Hassaan launched Conservation Halton’s new strategic plan, called Metamorphosis a few years ago. The objective was to enhance and modernize Conservation Halton’s operations, capabilities, tools, and culture. The plan addressed Conservation Halton’s priorities, accountability, and business performance by focusing on its people, skills, digital transformation, and approach to service. The goal has been to reinvigorate the CH brand as a capable, customer-centric, technology-driven organization that adds value, cultivates an inclusive work environment, and develops innovative solutions.
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

Corporate Services 

Lawrence Wagner, Senior Director, Corporate Services

This department enables everything that we do through enterprise wide-support services. This includes finance, infrastructure technology, global information systems and the Project Management Office. By integrating these areas of our business, this department positions us to embrace innovation, encourages smart financial decisions, is able to provide sound advice on administrative matters, helps guide and manage large scale projects, supports strategic revenue generation, 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.

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, Senior Manager, 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 providing key programs and services related to employee engagement, talent acquisition, talent development, total rewards, and workplace wellness.

Parks and Operations

Mark Vytvytskyy, 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.

Digital Transformation Office

Mark Vytvytskyy, Executive Digital Transformation Lead

The Digital Transformation Office was formed to streamline business operations and inject more data into our decision making. Our goal is to enhance the customer experience through technology and insights, while streamlining back end process. This will be done through establishing an ecosystem of strategic partnerships and co-creation with the innovation community and building a culture of digital innovation at Conservation Halton.

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.

Marketing and Communications 

Katie Skillen, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

This department supports the objectives of all departments across Conservation Halton, as well as the Conservation Halton Foundation, through branding, marketing, communications, and events. The initiatives and people across the whole of the organization are diverse and serve the community in a number of ways. Marketing and Communications ensures that this information is communicated with the community and stakeholders in an efficient, accessible, and responsible manner.


Garner Beckett, 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.