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Species at Risk Conservation Trust (Species Conservation Action Agency)

Environment, Conservation and Parks
Endangered Species Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, ss. 20.4 (opens a new window)

The new Species Conservation Action Agency (SCAA) is a provincial Agency that will administer the Species at Risk Conservation Fund (the Fund). Protecting species at risk and providing strong environmental oversight is a top priority for Ontario. As part of our continued effort to improve the effectiveness of the species at risk program, we created this Agency. The Agency, through its board of directors, will have the expertise to invest in strategic, large-scale, and coordinated actions to support positive outcomes for certain species at risk.


The Species Conservation Action Agency membership allows for 3-5 voting members, comprised of one (1) Chair, up to two (2) Vice-Chairs and up to three (3) members. All members will be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. 


The successful candidates will ideally have applied knowledge of, and expertise with, concepts related to the protection and recovery of species at risk. They should have the ability to think strategically, understand the importance of innovation, advise on the development and implementation of a business plan and annual reports, and contribute to the affairs of the Agency, including its financial management. The province is seeking candidates who can work within a challenging, fast-paced, and demanding environment that requires critical thinking and superior interpersonal and communications skills. To the extent possible, an individual who identifies as an Indigenous person and who has experience and expertise in at least one of the areas of qualification outlined below, will be appointed to the board. The Chair, and members of the board, between them, will ideally have experience and expertise in the following areas:
1.    Scientific or other knowledge relevant to the protection and recovery of species at risk, including conservation biology, ecology, and relevant community knowledge.
2.    Aboriginal traditional knowledge.
3.    Corporate governance, including financial management, risk management, strategic planning, or outcomes-based reporting.
4.    One or more of,
i.    building strategic partnerships in the area of conservation management, or
ii.    delivering funding programs.

In addition, the Chair will be required to provide leadership to the Agency by working with the board to set the goals, objectives and strategic direction of the Agency and ensuring the board carries out its duties.


Members serve not more than three years and are eligible for reappointment.

The SCAA board of directors are expected to meet as required at the onset, and subequently about 1-1.5 days per month.

Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule A - Level 1 of the Agencies and Appointments Directive

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Chair (Part-Time) IAN BARRETT
31-Aug-2023 - 30-Aug-2026
2. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) DOLF DEJONG
27-Jan-2023 - 26-Jan-2026
3. Member (Part-Time) PAUL NORRIS
27-Jan-2023 - 26-Jan-2026
indian river
4. Member (Part-Time) SALLY KRIGSTIN
27-Jan-2023 - 26-Jan-2026
jacksons point
5. Member (Part-Time) SAM VANDERVEER
16-Mar-2023 - 15-Mar-2026