Con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity pre­pares for change at the top

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

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