Mark Carabetta appointed executive director of the Georgian Bay Land Trust

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

New Executive Director has background in conservation

October 28th, 2011

Mark Carabetta

Photo by Ontario Nature

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Georgian Bay is our second home—DH would call it his first home—and so I was delighted to learn that the Georgian Bay Land Trust (GBLT) made short work of finding a new executive director to replace Wendy Cooper, who has been in the position for eight years and is leaving in November.

Congratulations to Mark Carabetta—and to the GBLT. The new association seems like a match made in heaven, which, of course, is what cottagers like us call our favourite sweetwater sea.

Here’s the text of a press release from the GBLT announcing Mark’s appointment:

Mark has over 17 years of experience with the conservation community in both the United States and Canada. His career includes working as an Ecologist and Director of Conservation Science at the Connecticut chapter of The Nature Conservancy and for the past five years, he has worked as the Conservation Science Manager for Ontario Nature. In his recent role with Ontario Nature he built and managed their nature reserve system including 22 nature reserves and two conservation easements and provided expertise and support on stewardship, restoration, mapping and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Mark has a M.A. in Botany, from Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.

Mark also currently serves as a Governor on the Ontario Land Trust Alliance Board, leading the Board Development committee and has volunteered with a variety of conservation organizations including the Field Botanists of Ontario.  Mark has a profound love of nature and the outdoors and has enjoyed hiking and camping with his family along the eastern and western shores of Georgian Bay.

We look forward to Mark joining our team. He will have a short overlap period with our outgoing Executive Director Wendy Cooper, who will complete eight successful years with the GBLT on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. We thank Wendy for her incredible efforts and support of the GBLT and know she will remain an ongoing friend and supporter of the GBLT.

You can meet Mark at the Bayscapes Photography Auction on Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge St. in Toronto.

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