Our Executive Team
The organization is administered and led by a Chief Administrative Officer and an executive team of other officers appointed by the Board who are delegated various responsibilities and authorities. Members of the executive leadership team ensure effective and efficient organizational alignment and policy.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Robert Lapham, CAO
The CAO ensures Board policies and direction are implemented, oversees the operations and functions of the CRD and aligns the organization to achieve strategic priorities set by the Board. The CAO also provides leadership to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and staff.
Executive Leadership Team (ELT):
The ELT, made up of the General Managers of CRD Departments, the Corporate Officer and the CAO, manage and align services, programs and activities with corporate and strategic priorities. Members of the ELT are delegated by the Board to ensure the effective management of resources and are responsible for organizational and individual service area results and performance.
Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of Parks & Environmental Services
The GM of Parks & Environmental Services is responsible for establishing and closely aligning programs and services that comprehensively focus on developing guidelines and protocols for protecting and enhancing the Capital Region’s recreation, parks and environmental resources.
Ted Robbins, General Manager of Integrated Water Services
The GM of Integrated Water services is responsible for the operation, maintenance, infrastructure engineering and capital improvements for the regional water and wastewater systems in the CRD, as well as the water and wastewater systems in the local service areas of the CRD.
Kevin Lorette, General Manager of Planning and Protective Services
The GM of Planning and Protective Services is responsible for services and programs for regional planning, local area community planning, health facilities planning, emergency preparedness, bylaw enforcement, animal care and building inspection, as well as the Housing Secretariat and the administrative role that oversees the Capital Region Housing Corporation.
Nelson Chan, Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the CRD and CRHD, including budget and financial services, arts development, assets, risk management, and information technology and geographic information services (GIS). The CFO carries out responsibilities in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the finance, audit, and investment committees of the board.
The Corporate Officer is responsible for corporate administration and oversees the decision-making process of the Board. This includes responsibility for elections and referenda, bylaws, agendas, minutes, contracts, real estate and other corporate records, and duties as the head of information and privacy.