2016 Annual Report

Collaborating to Deliver Results

Chair’s Message

Nando Iannicca

Nando Iannicca
Chair, Credit Valley Conservation

Conservation begins at home. For Credit Valley Conservation, this means protecting, preserving, managing and maintaining all living things in the Credit River watershed.

Climate change is of special concern. It affects us locally with severe weather, flooding and drought. The work we do every day is our local response to this global phenomenon.

Storms that statistically occur once every 100 years now happen more frequently. The July 8, 2013 storm felt in south Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area was Ontario’s most costly ever, with an estimated $900 million in insurance claims. Our strategic plan aims to build resilience so communities can adapt to the changing climate.

In 2016 we worked with our partners to deliver programs that meet the challenges of climate change, urbanization, disappearing wetlands and devastating invasive species.

Enjoy this celebration of collaboration with our partners – municipalities, volunteers, neighbours, landowners, youth, corporations and more.

See you by the Credit River!

CAO’s Message

Deb Martin Downs CAO of CVC

Deb Martin-Downs
CAO, Credit Valley Conservation

2016 was an incredible year for Credit Valley Conservation.

We gathered partners to plant thousands of seedlings replacing ash trees ravaged by emerald ash borer. We celebrated a 10-year anniversary of our Conservation Youth Corps program and 20+ years of partnerships with rural landowners in the upper watershed. We broke ground on Lakeview Waterfront Connection, a new 26 ha  conservation area along the shores of Lake Ontario.

From the headwaters to Lake Ontario, we collaborated to deliver programs and services with our municipal partners and stakeholders. Together, we’re working to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.

2016 Accomplishments

Strategic Plan Goal 1

Plan for an environmentally sustainable future

Healthy communities start at the neighbourhood level

In partnership with the City of Brampton and Region of Peel, we launched the Fletchers Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) bringing watershed level action to neighbourhoods. Over the next few years, we will target our environmental restoration and community outreach efforts here to showcase possibilities and create measurable outcomes.

We’re reflecting on the past 60 years and planning for the future

In 2016 we began work on a comprehensive ‘century’ watershed plan reflecting on 60 years of watershed management changes. The plan will identify current environmental health in the Credit River watershed and project conditions 40 years into the future under various climate and land management scenarios. We’ll be identifying best practises and partners needed to protect, connect and sustain us into the future.

Old CVC Watershed Map

Strategic Plan Goal 2

Safeguard people, property and communities from hazards

We monitor environmental conditions in real time

We work with municipal and provincial first responders to warn them of potential flooding and spills. Our new real-time environmental monitoring system gives us a better understanding of rainfall, water flow and water quality and lets us predict threats sooner than before.  The data is available to the public on our website.


real time stream flow gauges


real time water quality gauges


climate stations

Drought at Island Lake CA

Adapting to a changing climate

We’ve already seen the impact of climate change with more frequent extreme weather events. We have renewed our commitment with the Region of Peel to the Peel Climate Change Strategy. We continue to work with our municipal partners to update flood mapping and models and to develop tools to assess flood risk that will help keep communities safe. We are building climate change mitigation and adaptation measures into all management decisions, for ourselves and our partner municipalities.

Strategic Plan Goal 3

Manage a healthy, resilient environment through protection, restoration and enhancement

We protect land in perpetuity

In 2016 we acquired


acres of land

CVC now protects


different properties


acres of land (approximately)

We’re restoring our shoreline and connecting more people with nature

In 2016, we started construction of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project, in partnership with the Region of Peel and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. We’re building a 26 hectare naturalized conservation area in Mississauga’s Lakeview community.  We will create a healthier shoreline, two new wetlands and restore habitat for fish and wildlife.

Strategic Plan Goal 4

Develop and share scientific knowledge and innovative approaches that advance decision-making and lead to on-the-ground action

We inventory, monitor, collect and analyze data on our local environment

Collaborating with partners, we use data from 1,600 acres of natural area inventory to understand problems, identify gaps and find solutions to environmental challenges.

In 2016 we monitored

We collected


stream sites


wetland sites


forest sites


groundwater sites


records of 1,200 unique species

We develop and share innovative approaches to green infrastructure

CVC is a leader in understanding how stormwater can best be managed locally, by using nature to help manage runoff. This practise is known as low impact development. We share knowledge with our partners and stakeholders by communicating our science and training industry professionals to design and build low impact development practises.

In 2016


municipal and industry professionals were trained


training and knowledge sharing workshops, presentations and tours were held

Strategic Plan Goal 5

Connect communities with nature to promote environmental awareness, appreciation and action

Our amazing volunteers make a difference in the community and allow us to do more


volunteers donated


hours of work across the watershed

Youth Volunteer at CVC - Ethan

Meet Ethan, Volunteer Tree Planter

“It was cool that you could plant a tree and then go back and see it the next year or year after.”

Creating a connected community of environmental stewards

The most powerful force for environmental protection is an informed and mobilized community. Connecting people with nature is the first step in demonstrating how a thriving environment is vital for their health, safety and well-being.

Meet Countryside Stewards: Pat and Steve Hertzberg

  • Moved from Mississauga to their 26-acre property in Caledon in 2013 to be up-close with nature and wildlife.
  • Completed CVC’s Caring for your Land and Water workshop and Action Plan
  • Created wildlife habitat by planting 1.5 acres of native trees and shrubs with a grant from CVC’s Landowner Action Fund
  • Will nurture a healthy forest and are working toward a Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program by creating a forest management plan



residents, students and conservation area visitors engaged in education programs that increase awareness of climate change.

In 2016 CVC’s education program won the Award of Excellence in environmental education from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. The program has engaged over 195,000 youth and adults in learning about climate change and the Credit River watershed since 2007.

CVC's Education Program receiving the Award of Excellence in environmental education from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication

Strategic Plan Goal 6

Promote land uses, development approaches and infrastructure that factor in the importance of the natural environment to society, the economy and the well-being of residents

We balance human activity & the environment

The Conservation Authorities Act, first enacted in 1946 to manage natural resources on a watershed basis, was forward thinking for its time. It was made even more important with the addition of floodplain regulations after Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

The regulations have been updated but they still hold the same principal as 60 years ago – to protect life and property from the hazards of flooding and erosion.

CVC has a team of planners, engineers and ecologists who work with municipalities and the development community to review and permit land use changes in and around river valleys and floodplains. This ensures best results for new and existing communities, keeping people and buildings out of flood prone areas to protect life, property and the natural environment.

In 2016


Environmental Assessments submitted for CVC review


development permits issued


plan applications reviewed

Connecting more people with nature than ever before


visited our conservation areas in 2016, our highest annual visitation rate yet.

Strategic Plan Goal 7

Ensure that Credit Valley Conservation is a well-managed, sustainable and service-driven organization

2016 Financials

Total contributions from municipal levy

BUDGET: $22,937,836
ACTUAL: $22,067,712

Total raised through other sources (grants, etc.)

BUDGET: $1,271,999
ACTUAL: $1,601,999

Total revenue generated by CVC (parks, planning fees, etc.)

BUDGET: $2,909,834
ACTUAL: $3,887,467

Total budget to actual

BUDGET: $27,119,669
ACTUAL: $27,557,178

Strategic Plan Goal 8

Expand partnerships and build new business models to increase organizational resilience and capacity

Collaborating with corporate partners to expand reach and environmental action

Kresimir Zemljic is one of hundreds of UPS employee volunteers from who have worked with CVC since 2011 to reduce their carbon footprint.

In 5 years, UPS employees have planted over 14,500 trees and shrubs in our watershed. In the spring of 2016, UPS employees volunteered at CVC’s Maple Syrup Festival. They helped deliver a fun family event, engaging visitors and promoting an appreciation for the environment.

We marked the 10 year anniversary of Conservation Youth Corps

Over the last 10 years, 2,000 watershed youth have volunteered in CVC’s youth programming. Environmental education and action is inspiring the next generation of environmental champions to make a difference in their communities.

The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is fostering a culture of giving to support environmental projects in our communities

The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) raised $944,105 for CVC in 2016. These funds are directed towards three CVCF priority projects:

  • Credit Valley Trail
  • Conservation Youth Corps
  • Land Securement

This is the first year of CVCF’s Connect, Protect, Sustain campaign, which aims to raise $5 million over five years for priority environmental projects in the Credit River watershed.

Who We Are

Our Vision

A thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.

Our Mission

Together, it’s our nature to conserve and our future to shape through the power of science, education, policy and leadership.

By the Numbers


Credit River Watershed





Senior Management Team

Mike Puddister

Mike Puddister
Deputy CAO and Director, Watershed Transformation

Tim Mereu

Tim Mereu
Director, Watershed Management

Gary Murphy

Gary Murphy
Director, Planning and Development Services

Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne
Director, Corporate Services

Gayle Soo Chan

Gayle Soo-Chan
Director, Watershed Knowledge

Board of Directors

Nando Iannicca - CVC Chair Nando Iannicca
CVC Chair

Councillor Ward 7, City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5700

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON  L5B 3C1

Mayor Don MacIver

Don MacIver
CVC Vice Chair
Mayor, Township of Amaranth (representing Town of Mono, Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa)

Ph: (519) 941-1007
Township of Amaranth RR #7
Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z3

Tom Adams

Tom Adams
Regional Councillor Ward 6 , Town of Oakville

Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Rd.
Oakville ON  L6J 5A6

John Brennan

John Brennan
Town Councillor, Town of Erin
Ph: 519-833-7309

Corp. of the Town of Erin
5684 Trafalgar Rd.
Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0

Councillor Gail Campbell

Gail Campbell
Town Councillor, Town of Orangeville
Ph: 519-941-0439

Town of Orangeville
87 Broadway
Orangeville ON  L9W 1K1

Johanna Downey

Johanna Downey
Regional Councillor Ward 2, Town of Caledon
Ph: 905-584-2272

Town of Caledon
6311 Old Church Rd.
Caledon, ON L7C 1J6

Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis
Councillor Ward 4, Town of Halton Hills
Ph: 905-873-9124

Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills, ON  L7G 5G2

Martin Medeiros

Martin Medeiros 
Regional Councillor Wards 3 & 4, City of Brampton
Ph: 905- 874-2634

City of Brampton
2 Wellington St. W.
Brampton, Ont. L6Y 4R2

Michael Palleschi

Michael Palleschi
Regional Councillor Wards 2 & 6, City of Brampton
Ph: 905-874-2602

City of Brampton
2 Wellington St. W.
Brampton ON  L6Y 4R2

Karen Ras

Karen Ras
Councillor Ward 2, City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5200

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

Ron Starr

Ron Starr
Councillor Ward 6, City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5600

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON  L5B 3C1

Jim Tovey

Jim Tovey
Councillor Ward 1, City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5100

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON  L5B 3C1

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