Governance - Board of Directors and Committees

South Nation Conservation - Governance

SNC AGM 2023

Board of Directors

Municipalities within our jurisdiction appoint representatives to the Board of Directors, which oversee SNC’s budget, programs, and services.

SNC’s Board of Directors is comprised of 12 representatives from 16 member Municipalities.


2022-23 Executive

Chair: Pierre Leroux, Mayor, Russell

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Vice Chair: Steve Densham, Deputy Mayor, North Stormont

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Past-Chair:  George Darouze, Councillor, City of Ottawa

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2022-23 Municipal Representatives:

City of Ottawa 

Catherine Kitts, Councillor

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Matthew Luloff, Councillor

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Linda Payant, Public Representative

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United Counties of Prescott and Russell

Genevieve Lajoie, Mayor, Casselman

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François St. Amour, Public Representative, Nation

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United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry                                

Tom Smyth, Councillor, South Dundas

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Bill Smirle, Public Representative

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United Counties of Leeds Grenville

Deb Wilson, Councillor, North Grenville

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Adrian Wynands, Deputy Mayor, Augusta

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Board of Directors Meetings

Board of Directors meetings are hosted every month at the South Nation Conservation Authority administrative offices, located at 38 Victoria Street in Finch, Ontario.

Board meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month, except for July. Meetings are open to the public and begin at 9:00 a.m. Please access this page for information on delegation requests. 

Board agenda packages are posted online one week prior to the Board meeting date.

Click here to access the schedule, meeting packages, and more information.

To access archived versions of the Board agenda packages, please contact: | 1-877-984-2948


Board Policies & Guidelines

South Nation Conservation's Transition Plan can be accessed here. 
This Transition Plan identifies the steps South Nation Conservation will undertake to meet Phase 1 and Phase 2 transition period requirements prescribed under Section 21.1.2 of the Conservation Authorities Act and
Ontario Regulation 687/21. Ontario Regulation 687/21 requires SNC to submit quarterly progress reports to the Province prior to the transition date of January 1, 2024, copies of these reports can be accessed at the links below:

South Nation Conservation Administrative By-Laws can be accessed here.
South Nation Conservation's Policies and Procedures are passed under powers conferred on the Authority by the Conservation Authorities Act, RSO 1990, Chapter C. 27. The Administrative By-Laws – Board of Directors is intended to be used by SNC as a governance and administrative policy implementing Section 19.1 of the Conservation Authorities Act, as amended by the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017.

South Nation Conservation's Order in Council regarding municipal appointments to the Board of Directors can be found here. 
Order in Council to approve the formation of the South Nation River Conservation Authority in 1947.

Agreements & Reports



*NEW* Watershed Advisory Committee

South Nation Conservation is establishing a Watershed Advisory Committee in early 2024. The committee will be comprised of up to 24 members to capture the scope of stakeholders represented in the former four smaller SNC Standing Committees (Clean Water, Communications, Fish and Wildlife and Forestry).  
The new Committee will include representatives from each sector forming one effective and efficient group to address and consider all SNC matters collectively and will meet four times per year, once every quarter. 
SNC began the recruitment process for new members in December 2023, with applications being accepted until Friday, January 26, 2024. Qualified and interested members of the public are encouraged to apply as a public representative
on the Committee.  
Applications will be received until January 26th, 2024.
For more information, please refer to the SNC Watershed Advisory Terms of Reference. 

Click HERE to view the Application Form


South Nation Conservation also works with indigenous partners through the Eastern Ontario First Nations Working Group to address environmental issues, ensure the protection of culturally significant species on SNC and SDG-owned Land, and to collaborate on shared projects to help improve biodiversity within the region.