Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

New Water and Planning Manager

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hires new Manager of Water and Planning

Geoffrey Cade, former Water and Planning Supervisor, assumes managerial position to replace Alec Scott, who is retiring from Water and Planning Manager position at ABCA after 35 years of dedicated service

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is promoting Water and Planning Supervisor Geoffrey Cade to the position of Water and Planning Manager at the local conservation authority. He is assuming the role as of December 18 as Alec Scott is retiring from the position. 

Geoff Cade has served as Supervisor of Water and Planning at ABCA since October of 2005. Before joining Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Cade had worked for eight years as environmental planner and regulations officer with the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority.

The ABCA selected Cade after an extensive review of external and internal candidates through an advertised job competition. ABCA General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer Brian Horner said Cade is a strong candidate to step into this important role. “We are extremely pleased to have someone able to fill this role who has more than a dozen years of experience in this watershed and who knows the job and the community,” Horner said. 

“I have learned a great deal from Alec Scott and I am honoured to follow him in this position,” Cade said. “I also appreciate the time he is taking to share his extensive knowledge and insights which make the transition as seamless as possible. I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence in me and I look forward to working with municipalities and the public in programs that help to protect life and property.”

Scott – the very first Professional Engineer hired at ABCA – has served at the local conservation organization for 35 years. ABCA’s General Manager thanked Scott for his years of dedicated service. “It is not possible to fully replace someone like Alec, who has served this watershed community well for more than three and a half decades,” Horner said. “We appreciate Alec’s leadership role over the past 35 years and his current leadership role in training and knowledge transfer as Ausable Bayfield Conservation enters a new era and Alec begins his well-deserved retirement.” 

The Water and Planning Manager’s roles include the flood forecasting and warning program; flood emergency planning; coordination of inspection and maintenance of existing ABCA flood and erosion control structures; coordination of water management projects; coordination, creation, and operation of computer models that support hydrology and hydraulic studies, flood forecasting, and other water‐related programs and projects; and to coordinate the Planning and Regulation program. This includes review of technical reports such as stormwater management, slope stability assessment, and other technical reports in relation to the ABCA’s Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shoreline and Watercourses (Ontario Regulation 147/06).

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