The Board provides advice on planning, management and development of the provincial park system, including, but not limited to, such items as development of annual business plans, marketing strategies, strategic plans, capital development programs, and fees, engagement and increased public awareness of the Ontario Parks system and to advise on other matters such as policy and program direction as requested by the Minister.
Under the Agencies and Appointments Directive and the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive, provincial agencies are required to post their governance documents. These include business plans, annual reports and expense information for designated individuals. Individuals at provincial agencies can claim and be reimbursed for necessary travel, meal and hospitality expenses they pay for during the course of ordinary work. They need to follow strict rules, outlining what can be repaid with public funds and what maximum amounts can be claimed. All claims must include original receipts. Under the Agencies and Appointments Directive and the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive, provincial agencies are required to post their governance documents. These include expense information for designated individuals.
The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints a Chair and from six to twelve members. Board members are volunteers but do receive compensation for travel expenses. The Board strives to maintain a diverse membership representing a variety of interests and geographic regions.
Ken Phillips (Chair) is semi-retired after a 25-year career with Ontario’s conservation authorities. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Conservation Halton, the General Manager of the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority and held operational field positions with the Hamilton and Niagara conservation authorities. He has chaired numerous committees during his career at both the local and provincial level in areas such as environmental education, health and safety, and parks operations. He helped to foster the Cootes to Escarpment Eco-Park project as Vice-Chair of a multi-stakeholder group. He has a life-long commitment to environmental recreational spaces and education. Ken received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (honours) degrees from McMaster University and currently resides in the greater city of Hamilton.
Board of Directors
Ken Phillips – Chair
Term: Board members serve a term of three years and may be reappointed for additional terms.
Meetings: The board meets at least four times a year or as required. Meeting locations are rotated to allow the Board to become familiar with parks and issues across the province.
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