The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) announced that the Board of Directors has offered current CAO-Secretary Treasurer, Chandra Sharma, a permanent tenure with the organization.
This critical decision was based on feedback from board members as well as senior staff. “It was important that staff be given the opportunity to provide input as they work with her every day, and ultimately the Board wanted to ensure they felt supported, validated, and had confidence in her abilities,” said Brenda Johnson, chair of the NPCA Board.
“We were happy to hear that the staff felt as strongly about her leadership skills as the Board did, and we are pleased to confirm Chandra’s permanent appointment as Chief Administrative Officer-Secretary Treasurer,” added Johnson. “We look forward to seeing the continued progress the NPCA will make over the coming years.”
Over the course of the first six months of her serving in the role, and throughout the pandemic crisis, significant progress was made under Sharma’s leadership. She has consistently delivered on critical priorities related to policies, operations, finances, health and safety, and staff morale. Chandra Sharma will continue to focus on building trust within the community and positive relationships with the Union.
“I am honoured to serve the communities of Niagara, Haldimand, and Hamilton, leading an organization that works to protect our precious natural resources,” said Sharma. “The role of conservation authorities has never been as important as it is now to conserve our watersheds, provide the much-needed green infrastructure to our communities, engage our future generations, and support our municipal partners to address the challenges of growth and climate change.”
“With an exceptional team of talented and hardworking staff and a very supportive and experienced Board of Directors, we have already turned the page and the organization now has significant momentum to propel the NPCA forward,” added Sharma.
Under Sharma’s leadership, the Authority has kicked-off the process for the development of a new Strategic Plan that will emphasize engagement with staff and the community around a shared vision and path forward.