Staff and Board of Directors

Conservation Ontario Staff List

To contact a Conservation Ontario staff, please email or dial 905-895-0716 and the extension.

Kim Gavine
General Manager (Ext. 231)

Jane Dunning
Office Manager (Ext. 221)

Jo-Anne Rzadki
Business Development and Partnerships Coordinator (Ext. 224)

Matthew Millar
Special Projects Coordinator (Ext. 234)

Bonnie Fox
Manager, Policy and Planning (Ext. 223)

Leslie Rich
Policy and Planning Liaison (Ext. 226)

Sarah Nichol 
Policy and Planning Assistant (Ext. 228)

Jane Lewington
Marketing and Communications Specialist (Ext. 222)

Nekeisha Mohammed
Communications Officer (Ext. 233)

Rick Wilson
Information Management Coordinator (Ext. 230)

Lauren Slaunwhite
Open Data Technologist (Ext. 229) 

Aaron Clark
SWP Data Management Specialist

Karissa Reischke
GIS Environmental Data Coordinator 

Chitra Gowda
Source Water Protection Lead (Ext. 225)

Kristin Bristow
Source Water Protection Administrative Assistant (Ext. 232)

Joan Patch
Source Water Protection Communications Specialist (Ext. 227)

Conservation Ontario Board of Directors

Conservation Ontario is governed by an elected six-member Board of Directors.

Richard (Dick) Hibma, Chair
Grey Sauble CA

Mr. Hibma has served as the chair of the Conservation Ontario Board of Directors since 2006, and has been a member of the Conservation Ontario Council since 1998. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Hibma served on the Public Interest Advisory Group attached to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) International Upper Great Lakes Study. Following this, he served on the Adaptive Management Working Group tasked by the IJC to develop recommendations regarding an Adaptive Management Approach to monitoring, managing and coping with changing Great Lakes water levels. Mr. Hibma is also a member of the bi-national Great Lakes Blue Accounting Advisory Council. He also serves as a director with the Cornerstone Standards Council.

Lin Gibson, Vice Chair
Conservation Sudbury

Since 2012, Ms. Gibson has served as the chair of the Conservation Sudbury Board of Directors. For 34 year, Ms. Gibson was employed by IBM Canada Ltd. as an operations manager and is now retired. In 2015, Ms. Gibson was renamed chair of the City of Greater Sudbury’s Watershed Advisory Panel, which provides advice and expertise to the city on matters relating to the quality of health of surrounding lakes, watercourses and watersheds. She is a founding director and member of the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and founding board member of the Friends of McFarlane Lake Stewards. Ms. Gibson is a passionate about the outdoors and has a keen interest in protecting and conserving our environment.

Don MacIver, Vice Chair
Credit Valley Conservation

Nobel Laureate Don MacIver was a senior Environment Canada Scientist for many years. Mr. MacIver is one of Canada's leading scientists and has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with U.S. vice-president Al Gore. In 2012, Mayor MacIver was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal presented to deserving Canadians to celebrate their significant contributions and achievements and to recognize their dedication to service to their fellow citizens, community and country. He also co-chaired the World Meteorological Climate Conference in 2007.


Linda Laliberte, Director
Ganaraska Region CA

Linda Laliberte, CPA, CGA is the CAO and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA). During her 30-year plus career with the GRCA, Ms. Laliberte has worked on numerous projects and list the Building for Change project, which over the years has raised more than $4 million to rebuild the Ganaraska Forest Centre, as one of her proudest achievements. Ms. Laliberte has also been a long-serving member of the Ganaraska Forest Centre Conservation Dinner Committee which has raised  over $600,000 for equipment.

Doug Thompson, Director
South Nation CA

Mr. Thompson is the Past Chair of the South Nation Conservation Authority and has served on the Board of Directors for 15 years. Mr. Thompson recently retired from municipal politics after serving 17 years as Councillor and Mayor of the former Osgoode Township, and 14 years as Councillor for the City of Ottawa in the Osgoode Ward. He’s a past chairman of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association and Ottawa’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

Conservation Ontario Council

Conservation Ontario is directed by a Council comprised of appointed and/or elected municipal officials from the 36 Conservation Authorities Boards of Directors and Conservation Authorities staff.