Pembroke Conservation Officer Recognized for Excellence
Mark Lamont, a 31-year Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry employee, has been named the Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year for 2016.
Through his outstanding years of service and extensive community involvement, Lamont has shown a strong commitment to protecting natural resources and promoting resource conservation. Some of his notable accomplishments include:
- Leading investigations in many high-profile cases, which resulted in numerous convictions, licence suspensions and fines
- Managing local contacts and sources who provide information that leads to successful investigations
- Extensive work with Pembroke youth, including starting the kids' fishing program and annual fishing event, introducing the youth mentor hunting program and annual event, and giving frequent school presentations
Lamont started his career with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in 1985 as a field technician before becoming a conservation officer in 2000. He has worked in Nipigon, Hearst, Espanola, Bancroft and Pembroke.
- Officers are nominated by their peers based on criteria developed by the ministry and the Ontario Conservation Officers’ Association (OCOA). A committee made of officers, representatives of the OCOA and ministry managers selects the recipient.
- In 2008, Lamont received the OCOA and the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association Certificate of Valor for risking his own safety in a situation of imminent danger to provide assistance to a park warden.
- Conservation officers are professional law enforcement officers trained to preserve and protect the province's natural resources.
“Conservation Officers play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and protecting our natural resources. I would like to congratulate Officer Lamont on receiving this award.”