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ORCA announces appointment of Dan Marinigh as new CAO

Mr. Andy Mitchell, Chair, and the Board of Directors of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA), are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dan Marinigh as Chief Administrative Officer/Secretary-Treasurer, effective August 18, 2014.

Mr. Mitchell explained, “As Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Marinigh will be responsible for the implementation of conservation programs, services and policies that reflect our mandated legislation and related regulations. His suite of skills will serve him well in his relationship with the Conservation Authority’s eight member municipalities, community groups and private sector as well as provincial and federal ministries and agencies.”

The Selection Committee included ORCA Directors Daryl Bennett, Jack Doris (City of Peterborough), Sherry Senis, Andy Mitchell (Selwyn), and Terry Low (Asphodel-Norwood). “The engagement of Dan Marinigh as the CAO of ORCA is a very progressive move, one that will be appreciated further as we continue to move forward with the conservation needs of this region,” stated Sherry Senis, ORCA Vice-Chair.

Mr. Marinigh, remarked, “I am excited about working with the Staff and the Board of Otonabee Conservation to advance conservation in the local watershed community. The Authority demonstrates a commitment to providing conservation programs and services based on the principles of transparency, co-operation and accountability with an emphasis on customer service and public engagement.”

Denyse Sanderson, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, will continue in the role until Marinigh’s arrival in August. “The Board of Directors and Staff appreciate the dedication that Denyse has brought to the position during the past several months,” expressed Chair Mitchell. Sanderson will resume her position as Manager of Corporate Services, a position she has held for 16 years.

Mr. Marinigh brings to the position extensive experience in operational leadership, excellence in program development and implementation and relationship building having worked within the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, directly with Conservation Authorities, the private sector, and other provincial ministries and agencies for over 34 years.

Mr. Marinigh holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and an Executive Education Certificate in Operational Leadership from Queen’s University School of Business.

Most recently, Marinigh was Director, Integration Branch for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Peterborough, providing direction and leadership in the operational delivery of specialized ministry programs and services for land and water management, stewardship, Conservation Authorities and petroleum operations across the Province.

Mr. Marinigh and his wife and their children have called Peterborough home for several years.

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