Welcome to Conservation Champions, a new series, introducing you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.
Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas.
Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal Lake in the northeast – a total of 2,563 square kilometres.
Today, we introduce you to Director of Planning, Development and Engineering, Ron Warne.
Name: Ron Warne
Title: Director of Planning, Development and Engineering
Q: What is your education background?
A: I received my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Urban Studies and History from York University in 1994, followed by a Master of Arts (Town Planning and Resource Development) from the University of Waterloo School of Urban and Regional Planning in 1998.
In 2010 I received my Professional Development Certificate “Managing and Leading in a Municipal Environment” from Loyalist College.
I have also been a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute since 2002.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: The people; specifically, in my role as director, I am fortunate to be able to mentor, often informally, the members of my team in different ways and to varying extents. I am able to assist them in establishing their goals to help them realize the potential they may not even be aware of – and strive to see them flourish in terms of their overall confidence, personally and professionally.
Q: Why does what you do matter?
A: Working with such a hard-working, dedicated team of young professionals who are making a difference for the environment is both satisfying and significant to the ecological well-being of our community.
Q: What advice would you give others who are interested in a similar position as yours?
A: Things take time. While there are courses and even degrees you can take, nothing beats experience, patience and empathy in being a senior public servant.