Ward 14 Coun. Robert Pasuta was acclaimed for his third term as head of the Hamilton Conservation Authority board during the agency's Feb. 2 annual meeting.
The Mountsberg area resident was first appointed to the HCA’s board of directors in 2007 as a city councillor member. He and his family actively manage a farm. In addition to the HCA and city council committees, he sits on the executive of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, and has served on the board of directors of the Greenbelt Foundation.
Pasuta was first elected as chairman on June 25, 2015.
Santina Moccio, a citizen member of the board of directors, was acclaimed vice-chair for her third term. The vice-chair automatically assumes the chair of HCA's budget and administration committee.
Moccio was appointed as a citizen member of the board of directors in 2011. She is an adjudicator with the Ontario Parole Board, and she has a long history of community involvement as a member of the Police Chief's Select Committee on Mental Health and the Hamilton Police Chief's Advisory Committee with Hamilton Police Services, as well as with the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and Hamilton Children's Aid Society. Moccio is also a volunteer at Good Shepherd Centre's Martha House Shelter for Abused Women and Children.
Maria Topalovic was also reacclaimed as chair of the conservation advisory board (CAB).
Following the AGM, the HCA board also named Ancaster resident Lisa Burnside as the agency's new chief administrative officer.
Burnside, who holds an Honours BA in Labour Studies from McMaster University and professional designation from the Human Resources Association, was the director of human resources with the HCA before accepting the CAO position. She has been with the HCA since July 2002, most recently designated as an alternate acting CAO, holding the position during vacation periods over the past several years.
According to a press release issued by the HCA, Burnside has worked closely with past CAOs, who have inspired and challenged her with leadership projects and roles to develop her skills for this position.
Her previous work experience includes a position with Tempel Steel (formerly SIEMENS), where she worked with the process engineering department on safety initiatives before transitioning to manage the human resources department and working with internal departments for ISO 9000 training and audits.
She has a passion for natural areas and grew up enjoying outdoor recreation in conservation areas including hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, fishing and exploring the outdoors.
Burnside officially took over the CAO post Feb. 3.