Chief Administrative Officer
Over the past two decades, Rob has proudly played an active role in shaping the emergence of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority as a leading environmental agency in Ontario.
For 20 years, Rob has worked for the conservation authority in various business portfolios, leading many key service areas. In his most recent tenure in Planning, Development and Watershed Restoration Services, Rob was responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team that implements Provincial and Authority policies and regulations with respect to development and infrastructure activities. He was also instrumental in developing and 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.
Now Rob's focus, as Chief Administrative Officer, is to proactively work with the Authority's many clients, stakeholders, Indigenous and government partners to ensure the Authority is nimble, adaptable, fiscally sustainable, and able to effectively deliver core mandated and essential watershed programs and services.
As an honours alumnus of Trent University's Bachelor of Science program, a 30-year veteran of conservation authority work and a level 3 Certified Municipal Manager, Rob is up to the challenge.
In his off time, he likes to unwind with his fishing rod dipped in Lake Simcoe in any type of weather!
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.
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".
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.