Capital Regional District Appoints Larisa Hutcheson as General Manager of Environmental Sustainability

Apr 14, 2010

Victoria, BC - Kelly Daniels, Chief Administrative Officer of the CRD, is delighted to announce the appointment of Larisa Hutcheson as the General Manager of Environmental Sustainability, effective immediately.

"With a significant background of experience and qualifications in the field of environmental leadership, including her almost 19 years with the CRD, “Kelly Daniels stated. “I am confident that Larisa is the ideal individual to direct the new Environmental Sustainability Service Area into the future."

"The CRD is delighted that Larisa Hutcheson is joining our executive management team," said Board Chair Geoff Young, "Larisa's strong leadership experience at the CRD will be extremely valuable for the CRD as we strive to create a sustainable region."

Larisa Hutcheson began her career at the CRD as Environmental Officer and initiated the development of the Source Control Program. Larisa Hutcheson has been a Project Manager for a number of key environmental initiatives including landfill gas collection and utilization, landfill cover design and leachate management. She has also served as Senior Manager, Operations and Local Services, responsible for the CRD’s wastewater collection and treatment facilities as well as local sewer and water services in the EAs. Larisa has most recently served in an Acting capacity as General Manager of Environmental Sustainability (Environmental Services) for the last fourteen months. A Professional Engineer, Larisa holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from McGill University.

Creating a sustainable region has been a cornerstone of many CRD accomplishments over the years. In 2009, the CRD Board identified that creating a sustainable region was at the crux of the CRD’s vision and chose to pursue this as the core of future service delivery. To support this initiative, the CRD conducted an internal service delivery review to better equip the CRD to offer sustainability focused programs and policy. The service delivery review resulted in the creation of the new Environmental Sustainability Department, within which Environmental Partnerships will focus on environmental education, outreach and regulatory needs in the region. The Environmental Sustainability service area’s mission is to make the capital region the most sustainable region possible. The new structure will enhance the CRD’s ability to protect the environment, manage waste sustainability, conserve water and address climate change.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD
Tel: 250.360.3308 | Cell: 250.216.4427