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.
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.
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".
General Manager, Planning, Development and Watershed Restoration Services
Glenn MacMillan graduated from Ryerson’s Civil Engineering program as a Civil Engineering Technologist (C.E.T). He spent his first few years in the consulting industry where he was exposed to a wide range of water resource engineering projects. He then joined the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in as a Water Resource Technologist conducting technical review of engineering submissions related to stormwater management, erosion and sediment control and floodplain management.
Over the years, Glenn’s responsibilities evolved from providing engineering leadership in all aspects of the Authority’s role in water management to managing a multi-disciplinary team of technical experts in surface water and groundwater management, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, watershed management, green building design and sustainable technology evaluation, where he has a proven track record of building high performing teams.
Glenn has participated on numerous provincial, national and international committees, boards and working groups related to stormwater management and erosion and sediment control. He is currently the President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association and Chair of the Canadian Standards Association Erosion and Sediment Control Technical Committee.
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.
Director, Corporate Communications and Engagement
A 25-year veteran of communications and marketing, Kristen has spent the majority of her career leading strategic communications, marketing and event management initiatives for municipalities including Richmond Hill, Aurora and Markham and for more than a decade now, the Conservation Authority.
With a diverse academic background, Kristen took on roles that allowed her to exercise creativity, leading her to the field of communications and marketing. With diplomas in Graphic Design, Event Management, and university courses in marketing, crisis communications and public relations, Kristen draws on her vast knowledge and experience in communication arts as well as her bachelor’s degree in human and physical Geography.
Kristen has curated an exceptional team of talent that excels in delivering innovative communication and marketing strategies to engage, inspire and influence individuals and businesses to leave the watershed (and our planet) in better shape than we found it.
Outside the office Kristen adores creative pursuits including drawing, painting and photography. Living close to forested trails, she also relishes any opportunity to get out for a run or walk and to hug a tree and give thanks for its gifts - no matter who’s looking!