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​​Mike_Walters.JPGMike Walters
Chief Administrative Officer

Mike Walters is LSRCA's Chief Administrative Officer, taking on the role in October 2014, in a career with the Authority that began in 1984.

​Mike believes that no problem is insurmountable and takes a conciliatory approach to resolving problems. His positive outlook, along with his drive to find innovative solutions to complex problems has been the impetus behind a number of LSRCA initiatives such as its Urban Restoration, Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management programs. Mike has been successful in collaborating with many partners to generate efficiencies in Authority programs, and to achieve mutual goals for our organization as well as others.

Mike graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Physical Geography, earned his Masters Certificate in Business Analysis from the Schulich School of Business (York University), and is a Level 3 Certified Municipal Manager. 

Mike is an avid supporter of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, the fundraising arm of LSRCA, is an accomplished author, sought-after speaker, and compelling advocate for integrated watershed management. Mike is well known and respected locally, regionally and internationally for his straightforward and insightful approach to watershed issues and for his efforts to spearhead new and innovative ways to deal with the challenges of our time.


Robert Baldwin

General Manager, Planning and Development

Robert (Rob) has been with LSRCA for almost two decades, involved in or leading the organization's key service areas of Planning and Development throughout his tenure.

Rob believes in providing the best client care possible and has taken proactive measures to ensure the Department of Planning and Development grows and evolves with the changing needs of watershed residents.

Rob graduated from Trent University with his Honours Bachelor of Science. He is also Level 3 Certified Municipal Manager. Rob is an active angler, enjoying Lake Simcoe through all the seasons.


Ben Longstaff

General Manager, Integrated Watershed Management


Ben is LSRCA's General Manager of Integrated Watershed Management. His portfolio includes the subwatershed planning, source water protection, urban restoration and environmental monitoring programs.

Ben is a strong advocate for working together and building relationships to achieve the goals of integrated watershed management. He is a member of several external committees that advise the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Prior to joining LSRCA in 2009, Ben spent five years with the University of Maryland, where he worked in a partnership program with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrative (NOAA). While there, he helped produce the first environmentally defendable environmental report card for Chesapeake Bay and was awarded the US EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service for his efforts.

Ben holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Queensland, has authored and co-authored various journal articles during his career and was lead editor and co-author of the book entitled "Integrating and Applying Science: A practical handbook for effective coastal ecosystem assessment".


Brian Kemp

General Manager, Conservation Lands

Brian Kemp graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in 1987 with a diploma in Forest Recreation, specializing in Outdoor Education.

Brian joined LSRCA in 1989 and has held positions in forestry and stewardship, public awareness/community relations, park management planning, conservation area development and maintenance, land securement and outdoor education. In his current role as General Manager of Conservation Lands, Brian leads a team of dedicated conservationists that work with landowners to undertake protection and restoration projects.

Brian is also LSRCA's lead for the international twinning program with colleagues from the Ayuquila-Armeria Watershed in central Mexico.  Through this international work Brian has presented on a number of occasions within United States, Mexico and Australia, and was a member of the inaugural North American Riverprize Judging Panel in 2014/15.

Outside of work Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, exploring the great outdoors, and taking part in a variety of sports.


​Mark Critch

General Manager, Corporate and Financial Services

As LSRCA's General Manager of Corporate and Financial Services, Mark's portfolio includes Finance, Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems, and Records and Information Management. Mark sees this portfolio and his team as an enabling partner in completing all the important work being done at LSRCA.  

Mark is a graduate from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a specialty in Management Economics. He has also received his Municipal Management diploma from the Schulich School of Business at York University and has his accounting designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant. ​

Mark has been a Newmarket resident for more than 30 years and outside of work, likes to spend time with his wife and their 2 kids, while playing, coaching or passionately following almost all sports.  


Cheryl Taylor

Executive Director, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation

Cheryl connects donors, volunteers and staff with its vision of a healthier Lake Simcoe watershed, ensuring the Foundation is successful in its mission. Cheryl provides strategic direction and leadership for all operations including, governance, fundraising and communications. Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown in innovation, non-profit management excellence and revenue, resulting in more support each year for LSRCA environmental initiatives. 

Cheryl's success is built on almost three decades of professional experience. Over twenty years at IBM Canada Ltd in sales, marketing and finance has enabled her to apply her passion for strategic thinking to create solutions that enabled customers and staff to achieve their goals.

Cheryl has a B.A. in Economics from Western University.​