Chris White appointed GRCA Chair, Sue Foxton appointed Vice-Chair
The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has a new chair and vice-chair. Chris White, Mayor of Guelph-Eramosa Township and Councillor in Wellington County, has been appointed Chair and 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 Friday, January 22, 2021. Elections are held for both positions at the first board meeting each year. The 26-member GRCA Board is comprised of representatives appointed by the municipalities within the Grand River watershed.
“The role of conservation authorities in Ontario has never been more important. As a leading watershed management agency, we remain focused on the health, wellness and sustainability of our communities,” says Chris White. “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.”
During the meeting, both the Chair and Vice-Chair expressed appreciation to fellow board members and GRCA staff for their dedication and contributions in the stewardship of the water and natural resources within the Grand River watershed.
“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,” says Sue Foxton.
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.
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.
Chris White replaces Helen Jowett, who was elected as the Chair of the GRCA Board in 2016, and Sue Foxton replaces White, who was elected as the Vice-Chair, also in 2016.