The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) announced that Chandra Sharma will be joining the organization as the chief administrative officer and secretary-treasurer on January 1, 2020.
“Our new CAO brings to the role more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in strategy, governance, operations, and program development,” said Dave Bylsma, chair of NPCA’s Board. “We are excited to have her join the amazing team we already have in place and continuing to move the NPCA forward.”
Chandra Sharma began her career at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) as a stewardship coordinator. She quickly moved through progressively more senior roles as project manager of the Humber River watershed, watershed specialist, and senior manager of climate programs.
Most recently, she held the roles of director of watershed strategies and director of community engagement and outreach. In these roles, she provided strategy and policy leadership, developed an employee recognition program, developed and operationalized TRCA’s first engagement strategy, and led the government and community relations activities.
Sharma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Planning from York University. She also holds a Public Management Certificate from the Schulich School of Business. Sharma brings a wealth of knowledge, which she gained through her experience and education, to her new role.
“Ms. Sharma has been described as a leader that effectively empowers her team, engages with stakeholders, is inspirational, and provides thoughtful, thorough decision-making,” said Gayle Wood, the current chief administrative officer of NPCA. “I’m confident this was the right decision and that the NPCA is being left in excellent hands.”