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Board of Directors

Locally the SSMRCA operates under the direction of a Conservation Authority Board which is currently comprised of five municipal representatives, four from the City of Sault Ste. Marie and one from Prince Township.
 
Each Board Member is responsible for taking an active role in guiding the activities of the SSMRCA. Municipal representatives keep their local municipal councils apprised of the programs and projects of the Authority and act as the liaison between the CA and the municipality. A Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually from the membership and each board member is entitled to one vote.
 
Ideally, Board Members represent the interest of all people served by the Authority, are aware of conflicts of interest, honour confidentiality, approach all Board issues with an open mind, are prepared to make the best decision for the whole organization, live up to the trust of those who appointed them or those they serve and focus their efforts on the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the Conservation Authority.
 
Collectively, Board Members provide direction and lead the Conservation Authority.
 
2017 Board Members
Marchy Bruni, Chairman - Ward 5 Councillor City of Sault Ste. Marie
Joe Krmpotich , Vice-Chair - Ward 6 Councillor City of Sault Ste. Marie
Judy Hupponen - Ward 3 Councillor City of Sault Ste. Marie
Ross Romano - Ward 6 Councillor City of Sault Ste. Marie
Enzo Palumbo - Prince Township Councillor
 
 
2017 Annual General Meeting - Chairman’s Remarks
 
The SSMRCA produced its first Strategic Plan, 2017-2020. Working with an external facilitator our employees and Board members collaborated to share ideas, envision the future and identify key strategies to move our organization beyond day-to-day operations.
 
A new Forest Management Committee of local experts and citizens was formed. Algoma-Manitoulin Forestry Services was hired as the successful proponent of a competitive process to develop the new Forest Management Plan. The committee will be holding a public information session on March 7, 2017 at the Civic Centre to review the draft plan.
 
The Province of Ontario initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, to ensure the Act is meeting the needs of Ontarians. Representatives of the SSMRCA attended two consultation sessions and provided two sets of comments to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
 
The participation of SSMRCA staff at Conservation Ontario meetings and in various provincial subcommittees is helping to keep the SSMRCA actively involved in Conservation Authority programs at a higher level.
 
Under the Drinking Water Source Protection Program, Marlene McKinnon was appointed as Risk Management Inspector (RMI) in the spring of 2016. Appointed by the municipality, the RMI is responsible to assist the Risk Management Official in ensuring compliance of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Source Protection Plan.
 
The SSMRCA staff worked extensively to increase the SSMRCA social media presence and interaction through Twitter and Facebook as well as updating the webpage.
 
2016 was a successful field working season. Field staff completed large works at Fort Creek conservation area by removing excess vegetation from the dam and the creek as well as dam repairs. The East Davignon flood control channel underwent infrastructure repairs and vegetation was removed from a portion of the West Davignon flood control channel. Trail maintenance was undertaken on a portion of trail along the St. Marys River.
 
Three public information meetings were held for concerned residents regarding the closure of a section of the Plateau Trail in the Fort Creek conservation area. The SSMRCA will continue to look for funding opportunities to replace the bridge that was removed for public safety.
 
Meetings with both provincial and federal funding agencies have not resulted in any available streams of funding that can be used for a capital works project such as the Plateau Trail bridge. A new partnership has developed with the Ontario Finnish Resthome which may include the joint submission of applications for funding in the future.
 
The sale of the sawmill is almost complete with the removal of the equipment expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.
 
New signage was erected in the Hiawatha Highlands conservation area for mountain biking which was designed and paid for by the Sault Cycling Club.
 
In partnership with the City of Sault Ste. Marie the SSMRCA saw the successful coordination of the 5th Annual Hub Trail Festival. This is a free, family event that encourages everyone to Walk, Ride or Roll their way along the Hub Trail on July 1st Canada Day. Each year has seen an increase in public participation by hundreds of visitors and residents.
 
Staff worked diligently to strengthen our presence in the local community this year. The SSMRCA facilitated the 6th Annual TD Tree Plant on Landslide Hill where over 100 trees were planted to fight the historic erosion concern. Enhanced partnerships are one of the key priorities identified in the SSMRCA Strategic Plan. Staff participation in many local activities and committees resulted in enhanced partnerships with Invasive Species Centre, Sault Naturalists, Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club, City of SSM, Sault Trails & Advocacy Committee, Parks & Recreation Committee, and the Voyageur Trail Association to name just a few.
 
Finally, on behalf of the SSMRCA Board I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the staff for their dedication and hard work.