The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has realigned its organizational structure to support operational efficiencies and to ensure that program delivery opportunities are realized.

For more than 60 years, TRCA has worked with all levels of government, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and residents within the municipalities it serves.

The organization works to ensure the conservation, restoration, and responsible management of water, land, and natural habitats in its region through programs that balance human, environmental, and economic needs.

The realigned organizational structure supports staff coordination and will help TRCA provide better customer service.

The following are key changes resulting from the organizational realignment:

  • The previous Planning and Development division has been restructured and replaced with two new divisions named Development and Engineering Services and Policy Planning.
  • The new Development and Engineering Services division comprises five business units: Engineering Services, Development Planning and Permits, Infrastructure Planning and Permits, Watershed Planning and Reporting, and Enforcement and Compliance. Sameer Dhalla has been appointed to the role of interim director of development and engineering services, and will lead this new division.
  • The new Policy Planning division comprises three business units: Policy Planning, Research and Knowledge Management, and Source Water Protection. Laurie Nelson has been appointed to the role of interim director of policy planning and will lead this new division.
  • Master Planning and Greenspace Conservation has been consolidated into the Resource Management Projects business unit within the Restoration and Infrastructure division and will be led by Ralph Toninger, the associate director of resource management projects.
  • Archaeology has been consolidated into the Engineering Projects business unit within the Restoration and Infrastructure division and will be led by Moranne McDonnell, the associate director of engineering projects.
  • The Watershed Strategies division has been renamed the Community Engagement and Outreach. The Watershed, Waterfront, and Great Lakes Services business unit has been renamed Government and Community Relations. Chandra Sharma, the director of community engagement and outreach, will continue to lead this division.
  • The watershed specialist and waterfront specialist positions have been retitled government and community relations specialists, for their respective watersheds and waterfront. Each government and community relations specialist will cover one of four jurisdictional areas aligned with TRCA’s municipal upper tier partners: Durham Region, Region of Peel, (including Mono and Adjala Tosorontio), York Region, and City of Toronto. The Don-Highland Watershed has been consolidated under the City of Toronto.
  • The Education, Training, and Outreach division has been renamed the Education and Training Darryl Gray, director of education and training, will continue to lead this division.


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