About HCA’s Board of Directors

HCA’s Board of Directors is responsible for the overall management of the Authority, with a focus on strategic planning, financial oversight, corporate policy and programs.

Municipal Member appointments to the Board
Board members are appointed by our two participating municipalities, the City of Hamilton and Township of Puslinch.

The current composition of HCA’s Board of Directors was established in 2000 through resolutions passed by both participating municipalities. A new number of members was adopted for HCA that differed from the established formula through population under the CA Act in response to the elimination of the five lower tier municipalities that became the new City of Hamilton following amalgamation on January 1, 2021. HCA’s membership was set at 11 individuals, with 10 members from the City of Hamilton, 5 elected officials and 5 citizen appointments, and one (1) member from the Township of Puslinch. This composition of the Board of Directors was reaffirmed through resolutions by both Councils in 2021. Please see the links below for the Municipal Member Agreements.

Municipal Member Agreements
City of Hamilton
Township of Puslinch

Municipality Member Phone Number Email Address
City of Hamilton Santina Moccio, Acting Chair 905-525-2181, ext. 112 c/o Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca
City of Hamilton Dan Bowman 905-525-2181, ext. 112 c/o Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca
City of Hamilton Jim Cimba 905-525-2181, ext. 112 c/o Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca
City of Hamilton Cynthia Janzen 905-525-2181, ext. 112 c/o Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca
City of Hamilton Maria Topalovic 905-525-2181, ext. 112 c/o Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca
Township of Puslinch Susan Fielding 905-525-2181, ext. 112 c/o Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca

Following the recent municipal elections, the terms of the appointed City of Hamilton Councillors to HCA’s Board of Directors ended with the 2018-2022 term of Council on November 14, 2022. HCA is currently awaiting the appointment of the new City of Hamilton municipally elected members of the Board of Directors.

 

The Chair and Vice-Chair fulfill their functions at the Board of Directors and advisory committee meetings. These positions are elected by members of the Board of Directors at the annual general meeting. On June 3, 2021, the Minister granted HCA exceptions to subsections 17(1.1) and (1.2) of the Conservation Authorities Act, exempting from the requirement to annually rotate the Chair and Vice-Chair amongst participating municipalities, as HCA only has one member from the Township of Puslinch who would be required to be the Chair or Vice-Chair every year, and permitting re-election of the Chair and Vice-Chair for two more years, to align the maximum term limit with the four-year municipal term. Both exceptions are valid until the annual general meeting in 2023.

Under the Clean Water Act, the members of the HCA Board also serve as members of the Hamilton Region Source Protection Authority (HRSPA).

HRSPA meetings are held when required prior to Board of Directors meetings, in order to carry out duties associated with drinking water source protection, to protect existing and future drinking water sources.

The Board of Directors may also establish advisory boards and committees as it considers appropriate. Currently there are two (2) advisory committees — Budget & Administration Committee and Conservation Advisory Board — each with its own mandate and Terms of Reference. For further information, please visit the Advisory Boards and Committees page.

The public may attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and its advisory committees. Due to COVID-19, HCA Board of Directors and advisory committee meetings will be held in person for Board members and designated staff only, until further notice. Meetings will be open to public via a livestream on HCA’s YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/HamiltonConservation Any delegations will be accommodated electronically. For information on making a delegation at a meeting or submitting a correspondence item, please visit the Addressing the Board page.