Conservation authority prepares for change at the top
For the first time in about 30 years, the South Nation Conservation Authority will have a new boss.
As of May 1, SNC General Manager Dennis O’Grady will be retiring and handing over his responsibilities to Angela Coleman, SNC’s current Director of Property Management and Approvals.
“Dennis has provided guidance over the years, and has been influential in my decision to continue my career in environmental conservation,” said Ms. Coleman. “We are working closely together to ensure a seamless transition.”
She brings an impressive educational background with a Bachelor of Arts, Education, and Law, from the University of Ottawa. She joined the agency in 2001 as the Communications Coordinator, and in 2006 became the Director of Source Protection Planning and Communications. After obtaining her law degree in 2009, she returned to SNC as Director of Marketing and Communications, moving to Director of Property and Approvals in 2013.
A Crysler native, Ms. Coleman observed her life-long community involvement has given her insight into the challenges facing rural communities. “At SNC, we’ve always been mindful of those challenges and work closely with our watershed residents and municipal partners to address them.”
Mr. O’Grady began his career with Conservation Authorities in 1978 as a summer student and spent the next 39 years working with conservation authorities. “Conservation authorities are the best organizations protecting the environment,” says O’Grady. “Local people making local decisions: that’s the key.”
“Dennis has implemented a very effective conservation program during his 30 years at SNC while becoming a conservation leader in North America,” said authority chair Doug Thompson.
Mr. O’Grady is regularly asked to address major environmental conferences in Canada and the U.S., often to explain some of the enlightened policies introduced under his watch including floodplain regulations, an extensive reforestation and forest preserva- tion program, and the Phosphorus Trading Program.
“On behalf of SNC’s Board of Directors, we are pleased to have Angela Coleman accept her new role at SNC. Angela has demonstrated excellent leadership at SNC since she started her career with us in 2001. Given her skills, experience, and credentials, the position of General Manager/ Secretary-Treasurer is a natural fit for her,” said Mr. Thompson.