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The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has appointed a new chair and vice chair.

Chris White, mayor of Guelph-Eramosa Township and councillor in Wellington County, has been appointed as the chair of GRCA. Sue Foxton, mayor of North Dumfries Township, has been appointed vice chair. Both White and Foxton were appointed by the GRCA Board of Directors at the General Membership Meeting on January 22, 2021.

“The role of conservation authorities in Ontario has never been more important,” said Chris White. “As a leading watershed management agency, we remain focused on the health, wellness, and sustainability of our communities. I look forward to leading our board, working with all levels of government and supporting GRCA staff as we continue to work on the recent updates to the Conservation Authorities Act.”

Chris White has been a member of the GRCA Board since 2014. He was elected to the Guelph/Eramosa Township Council in 2003, became mayor in 2006, and served as Warden from 2011-2014.

Chris White replaced Helen Jowett, who was elected as the chair of the GRCA Board in 2016. Sue Foxton replaced White, who was elected as the vice chair in 2016.

“As a lifetime supporter of the GRCA, I’m excited about the opportunity to support the board and GRCA staff, as we continue to adapt our organization in support of a healthy watershed where people live, work, play, and prosper in harmony with our natural environment,” said Sue Foxton.

Sue Foxton has been a member of the GRCA Board since 2015. She served for 14 years as Councillor for Ward 1 in North Dumfries Township before being elected as Mayor in 2014.

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