Conservation efforts will continue unhindered during transition, LSRCA says.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is pleased to announce Nov. 18, 2020, that Robert (Rob) Baldwin will be taking the helm as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on Jan. 1, 2021.
“I’m incredibly humbled to have this opportunity to take on the role of Chief Administrative Officer,” Baldwin says. “Over the past two decades, I’ve been proud and inspired to have played an active role in the growth and emergence of the Authority as a leading environmental agency in Ontario, with worldwide recognition.
"Certainly, these are challenging times, but challenges also represent opportunities and I thank the Board of Directors for their confidence in me. I’m committed to working with staff and board members to continue to protect and restore this watershed for the benefit of all its inhabitants.”
For nearly two decades, Rob has worked for the conservation authority in various business portfolios, while progressing to his most recent role as General Manager of Planning and Development and Watershed Restoration Services. In these roles he was responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team that implements Provincial and Authority policies and regulations with respect to development and infrastructure activities.
Most recently, he helped develop and has been implementing the Authority’s Ecological, Water Balance and Phosphorus Offsetting Programs with full industry support. These programs are the first of their kind in Canada, requiring developers to compensate for the environmental consequences of development activities on the land.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I want to congratulate Mr. Baldwin for successfully securing this senior leadership role at LSRCA. The field of competitors was of high caliber, and Rob rose to the top of the list with ease. We wish him every success in his new position, and we look forward to working with him and the entire LSRCA team in the coming years,” said York Region Chairman and CEO, Wayne Emmerson, chair of the LSRCA board.
Outgoing Chief Administrative Officer, Mike Walters, who retires at the end of this year, echoed Emmerson’s sentiments, adding that “Rob certainly has his work cut out for him, but I think a key success factor will be the fact that he brings tremendous experience and stability, both of which are critically important during these unique and challenging times.”
LSRCA’s mission is to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.
News release and photo courtesy of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Photo: Robert Baldwin, LSRCA’s new CAO as of January 1, 2021