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New Chair Of Niagara Parks Commission Nominated

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New Chair Of Niagara Parks Commission Nominated

McGuinty Government Nominates Expert In Accounting And Governance

Ontario has nominated business consultant and financial professional, Fay Booker, as the new Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission's Board of Directors. The selection followed the review and interviews of applicants through an open competitive process.

The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies and approval by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

As the Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, Booker would lead the overall strategic direction of the government agency responsible for preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor for the enjoyment of current and future visitors while maintaining financial independence. Booker would replace Archie Katzman who has served as interim chair since December 10, 2009.

Booker has extensive governance, accounting and auditing expertise. She has consulted with companies and community organizations across Canada and has held key positions at national accounting and auditing firms and financial institutions, including Grant Thornton LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP and CIBC.

Booker has also served with a number of community organizations in health, the arts, and economic development, including as Chair of the Board at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, The Brant Centre, and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation.

Quick Facts

  • The Niagara Parks Commission helps attract millions of visitors annually to Niagara Falls, Ontario's most popular tourist destination.
  • Established in 1885, the Niagara Parks Commission is an operational enterprise agency that raises its own revenue and does not receive ongoing operational funding from the Province.

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“I would like to thank Mr. Katzman for his hard work and leadership during the past few months. I welcome Ms. Booker's nomination and am confident she would make a valuable contribution as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

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