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Conservation Halton holds 61st Inaugural Meeting

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Conservation Halton held its 61st Inaugural Board meeting on Thursday, February 23. Gerry Smallegange was elected as the tenth Chair of the Board in Conservation Halton’s history. Cathy Duddeck was acclaimed as Vice-Chair and enters her third year in the role.

Both Smallegange and Duddeck have been on the Conservation Halton Board since 2011 and were nominated by Rob Burton for their positions. Smallegange replaces John Vice, who had served as Conservation Halton Chair for six years.

“I would like to thank John Vice for his leadership and commend him for the fantastic work he has done as Chair. My goal is for Conservation Halton to be a well-run fiscally responsible organization and continue to be environmental leaders. I am very proud to serve on the Board and am flattered to be elected as the Chair,” said Gerry Smallegange.

John Vice has been on the Conservation Halton Board since 2004. He was named as Chair in 2011 and served as Vice-Chair from 2007 to 2010.

Strategic Plan approved by Board

The Conservation Halton Board of Directors also approved the final version of the new Strategic Plan, Metamorphosis. An extensive public consultation was conducted throughout the summer and fall on the draft version of the Strategic Plan, with stakeholder meetings, public open houses, an online survey and interaction through Conservation Halton’s social media platforms.

“The new Strategic Plan, Metamorphosis, will help guide the transformation of Conservation Halton over the next three years and will enable us to be faster and more agile, to become better listeners and collaborators and to provide more innovative services and solutions. We would like to thank our municipal partners, stakeholders and the people in the community who provided us with their thoughts and ideas on the strategic plan, we received some great ideas,” said Hassaan Basit, Chief Administrative Officer.

Metamorphosis was chosen as the name of the Strategic Plan, because in nature, metamorphois is the biological process of transformation, differentiation and growth that many species go through as they transition from one life stage to the next. Conservation Halton will go through its own metamorphosis and the phases can be found in the strategic plan. The Strategic Plan has five main themes:

  • Taking care of our growing communities
  • Protecting our natural, cultural and scenic assets
  • Preparing for the effects of climate change
  • Creating opportunities to connect with nature
  • Striving for service excellence and efficiency

The input from the community received helped shape the final version of the Strategic Plan, which can be viewed at

Conservation Halton 2017 Board of Directors

The Conservation Halton Board of Directors is made up of elected officials and citizen representatives appointed by the communities within Conservation Halton’s Watershed – Burlington, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville and Puslinch.

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by members of the Conservation Halton Board of Directors for one-year terms at the annual Inaugural Meeting. They must be current members of the Conservation Halton Board of Directors and be nominated by their peers.

Regional Municipality of Halton

Mr. Gerry Smallegange, Chair
Mr. Jim Sweetlove
Councillor Marianne Meed Ward
Mr. John Vice


Mayor Gordon Krantz
Councillor Mike Cluett
Councillor Robert Duvall

Halton Hills

Councillor Moya Johnson
Councillor Bryan Lewis


Mayor Rob Burton
Councillor Cathy Duddeck, Vice-Chair
Councillor Allan Elgar
Councillor Dave Gittings

Regional Municipality of Peel / City of Mississauga

Councillor Sue McFadden
Mrs. Jean Williams

City of Hamilton

Ms. Joanne Di Maio
Mr. Ed Wells

Township of Puslinch

Mr. Stephen Gilmour