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Minister Smith Accepts Resignation Of Niagara Parks Commission Chair

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Minister Smith Accepts Resignation Of Niagara Parks Commission Chair

Long-time Board Vice-chair Archie Katzman To Serve As Interim Chair

Tourism Minister Monique Smith today accepted Jim Williams' resignation as chair of the Niagara Parks Commission.

St. Catharines businessman Archie Katzman, a long-time board member and current vice-chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, will act as interim chair until such time as a new chair can be appointed in early 2010. Minister Smith advised she will be posting a call for applications for the position of chair of the Niagara Parks Commission through an open process, next week.

Quick Facts

  • The Niagara Parks Commission was established in 1885 to control the lands and buildings immediately surrounding the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
  • The Niagara Parks Commission is an operational enterprise agency that does not receive ongoing operational funding and functions with significant autonomy.

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“I want to thank Mr. Williams for his dedicated service to the Commission for the past six years. I'm confident that the Niagara Parks Commission will continue to operate smoothly under Mr. Katzman's leadership.”

Monique Smith

Minister of Tourism

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