Paul Ainslie Elected Chair of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Board of Directors

January 13, 2023, Toronto, Ontario — At this morning’s annual Board of Directors meeting, Paul Ainslie, Councillor representing the City of Toronto’s Scarborough-Guildwood ward, was elected Chair of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Board of Directors. Councillor Ainslie has been a member of TRCA’s Board since February 2006 and brings over 25 years of governmental experience to the role including positions on numerous boards and committees. As Chair, Councillor Ainslie will preside over TRCA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings.

TRCA Board Chair Paul Ainslie with CEO John MacKenzie
Newly elected Chair of TRCA Board of Directors, Councillor Paul Ainslie, receives a Certificate of Recognition for 15 years of service on the Board from TRCA CEO John MacKenzie.

Mayor Dave Barton of the Township of Uxbridge was elected Vice-Chair of TRCA’s Board of Directors. Representing the Trail Capital of Canada, Mayor Barton is an avid outdoor enthusiast and previously sat on the boards for the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

TRCA board of directors Vice-Chair Dave Barton
New TRCA Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Mayor Dave Barton of the Township of Uxbridge (far left), speaks at the January 13, 2023 Board meeting.

Further, TRCA’s new Executive Committee was elected as follows:

Durham Region

  • Mayor Dave Barton, Township of Uxbridge
  • Regional Councillor Joanne Dies, Town of Ajax

Peel Region

  • Councillor Chris Fonseca, City of Mississauga
  • Regional Councillor Rowena Santos, City of Brampton

York Region

  • Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor Linda Jackson, City of Vaughan
  • Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Township of King

City of Toronto

  • Councillor Paul Ainslie
  • Councillor Shelley Carroll
  • Councillor Paula Fletcher
  • Councillor Amber Morley
  • Councillor Anthony Perruzza
  • Councillor Dianne Saxe

Comprised of representatives from the City of Toronto, the Regional Municipalities of Peel, Durham, and York, and the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio and Town of Mono, TRCA’s Board of Directors is responsible for the organization’s strategic direction and ensuring compliance with applicable legislation.

You can find more information about TRCA’s new Board of Directors HERE. Their meeting schedule and meeting minutes and agendas are posted HERE.

About Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Since 1957, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), as enabled through the provincial Conservation Authorities Act, has taken action to enhance our region’s natural environment and protect our land, water, and communities from the impacts of flooding and increasingly extreme weather events – Ontario’s leading cause of public emergencies.

As the region’s first line of defence against natural hazards, TRCA maintains vital infrastructure and provides programs and services that promote public health and safety, protecting people and property.

TRCA mobilizes a science-based approach to provide sound policy advice, leveraging its position as a not-for-profit operating in the broader public sector to achieve collective impacts within our communities and across all levels of government.

TRCA’s jurisdiction includes nine watersheds and their Lake Ontario shorelines, spanning six upper-tier and fifteen lower-tier municipalities and representing almost five million people, approximately 10% of Canada’s population.

To learn more about TRCA, visit


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Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)