Senior Leadership Team

Biographies

 


John MacKenzie

Chief Executive Officer

John MacKenzie

 

Office Phone: 416-667-6290
John.MacKenzie@trca.ca

Senior Manager, Strategy and Business Operations: Michelle Sirizzotti
Michelle.Sirizzotti@trca.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 5600

Executive Coordinator: Leena Eappen
Leena.Eappen@trca.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 5254

John MacKenzie is the Chief Executive Officer at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Appointed in November 2017, John is responsible for executing on Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation (formerly The Living City Foundation) priorities by working in partnership with funding partners including the province, federal government, municipalities, businesses, community organizations and individual members of the community to ensure successful development and delivery of programs that achieve The Living City Vision (the TRCA Strategic Plan). John is also a Director on the Board of the Living City Foundation.

John holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Planning from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Urban and Environmental Studies from Brock University. John is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment and the Project Management Institute.

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Michael Tolensky

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Michael Tolensky

 

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5965
Michael.Tolensky@trca.ca

Michael Tolensky is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Michael leads the Corporate Services division, with the primary mandate of providing timely and seamless support for fundamental business operations. The division takes proactive leadership to address standard operating procedures, opportunities for organizational improvements and results that are both financially and strategically sustainable.

Michael is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Chartered Professional Accountant. Michael earned his certificate in Not-for-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership from CPA Ontario as well as CPA Canada’s Public Sector Certificate Program. Michael also acts as a financial advisor to Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation (formerly The Living City Foundation).

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Moranne McDonnell

Director, Restoration and Infrastructure

Moranne McDonnell

 

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5500
Moranne.McDonnell@trca.ca

Office Manager: Kathy Stranks
Kathy.Stranks@trca.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 5693

Moranne McDonnell is the Director, Restoration and Infrastructure at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). In this role, Moranne provides leadership in capital asset management, planning and infrastructure management delivery, and natural heritage. Her responsibilities include leading the monitoring, assessment, design and implementation of all capital investment initiatives for both built and green infrastructure. Moranne also represents TRCA at a wide range of forums, including municipal councils, provincial committees and hearing boards.

The services that Moranne oversees include specialized erosion hazard identification, assessment and mitigation works to protect municipal infrastructure and public safety, as well as applied restoration works to improve and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat, and a range of other natural resources management projects and programs such as forestry management and environmental monitoring.

Moranne holds a Bachelor in Environmental Studies, and is a Certified Engineering Technologist, a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Inspector of Erosion and Sediment Control. Moranne joined TRCA in 2000, and has served as Project Manager, Senior Manager and Associate Director for the Engineering Projects Business Unit, Restoration and Infrastructure Division, before taking up her current position in April 2019.

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Derek Edwards

Director, Parks and Culture

Derek Edwards

 

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5672
Derek.Edwards@trca.ca

Administrative Coordinator: Amanda Lazarevski
Amanda.Lazarevski@trca.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 6425

Derek Edwards is the Director of Parks and Culture at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).  Since 2005, Derek has guided the management and strategic development of TRCA’s conservation area, campgrounds, golf course and living history museum.

Derek’s top responsibilities include directing divisional goal setting and budget management, guiding the development and delivery of public-use programs and services, evaluating and controlling risk to the organization and overseeing the planning and development of capital projects.

Derek holds an Honours diploma in Recreation Parks Operations and Services from Seneca College, a Parks and Recreation Management Administration Certificate from New Brunswick Department of Tourism and Recreation, a Parks and Recreation Certificate from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and is presently pursuing a degree in Business Administration from York University. Derek is also the Interim Executive Director of Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation (formerly The Living City Foundation).

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Darryl Gray

Director, Education and Training

Darryl Gray

 

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5881
Email: Darryl.Gray@trca.ca

Administrative Coordinator: Sabrina Pariselli
Sabrina.Pariselli@trca.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 5924

Darryl Gray is the Director of Education and Training at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Darryl provides leadership to a diverse team that supports TRCA’s vision for The Living City and focuses on improving access to learning opportunities for all throughout our jurisdiction. These initiatives include school programs, educational outreach, stewardship, youth employment and mentorship, professional training for new Canadians and industry practitioners, sustainable technology performance evaluation and TRCA’s accessibility program.

Chief among Darryl’s goals is to strengthen TRCA’s role as a leader in education and training through the redevelopment of TRCA education facilities and programs in community learning with an emphasis on building partnerships to improve health, learning and economic outcomes through an environmental and sustainability lens in the communities we serve.

Darryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and is presently completing a Diploma in Municipal Administration.

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Chandra Sharma

Director, Community Engagement and Outreach

Chandra Sharma

 

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5237
Chandra.Sharma@trca.ca

Administrative Assistant: Cindy Barr
Cindy.Barr@trca.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 5569

Chandra Sharma is the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Since 2014, Chandra has been providing strategic leadership for a diverse range of watershed programs in TRCA’s nine watersheds and Lake Ontario – including climate change, green infrastructure, Remedial Action Plan and community/stakeholder engagement.

Chandra holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and Planning from York University as well as a Public Management Certification from York University’s Schulich School of Business. Chandra is a professional planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners as well as the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

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Sameer Dhalla

Director, Development and Engineering Services

Sameer Dhalla

 

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5350
Sameer.Dhalla@trca.ca

Administrative Coordinator: Lisa Facini
Lisa.Facini@trca.on.ca | 416-661-6600 ext. 5566

Sameer Dhalla is the Director of Development and Engineering Services at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Sameer provides leadership to an integrated team of engineers, planners and scientists who utilize watershed management and municipal planning to protect our communities from natural hazards (flooding and erosion), safeguard our water resources and create complete communities that integrate nature and the built environment.

Sameer leads TRCA’s flood management and mitigation program and is responsible for land use planning and permitting pursuant to TRCA’s regulation and policies. Sameer holds a Bachelor of Science in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph and is a licensed professional engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

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Laurie Nelson

Director, Policy Planning

Laurie Nelson

Office Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5281
Laurie.Nelson@trca.ca

Laurie Nelson is the Director of Policy Planning at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Laurie provides leadership to a diverse team to ensure that TRCA’s policy development, input and review functions are informed by the latest watershed research, and by the strategic objectives of managing water resources, natural heritage systems and natural hazards, creating complete communities, and facilitating a region-wide approach to sustainability to support TRCA’s Living City vision. Laurie serves on provincial, municipal and Conservation Ontario committees related to policy and conservation authority related initiatives, growth management and specialized planning studies.

Laurie holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geography from Trent University. She is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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