MVA 'parts ways' with CEO Lloyd Isaak

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May 12, 2017 - 4:03pm
The Meewasin Valley Authority terminated CEO Lloyd Isaak after a "difference in opinion" on May 12, 2017.
Meewasin Valley Authority
The Meewasin Valley Authority terminated CEO Lloyd Isaak after a "difference in opinion" on May 12, 2017.

The Meewasin Valley Authority is looking for a new CEO.

The organization announced Friday afternoon it decided to "part ways" with Lloyd Isaak, who led the MVA for four years.

New Board Chair Colin Tennent told 650 CKOM the decision was made due to "philosophical differences" between the board and Isaak.

"As we grapple with the future, there was sufficient differences of opinion and approach that this is the outcome," Tennent said.

Tennent's appointment to board chair was also announced Friday. He replaces Toddi Steelman, who is "relocating" from Saskatoon.

The new chair thanked Isaak for his commitment and years of service.

"We wish him the very best," Tennent said. "Lloyd has contributed a great deal to the entity this community has come to appreciate and rely upon over many years."

Isaak has been involved with the MVA for nearly 20 years, advocating for more funding to the authority which he claimed has been falling short for decades.

The move comes weeks after the MVA announced extensive cuts to programming in response to a $409,000 funding slash by the province in the 2017 budget.

Three boat launches were closed, while the annual clean-up and pelican watch programs were nixed.

Tennent said the MVA would be looking to "transform" the way the organization operates, focusing on efficiency and becoming more financially independent.

After the budget came down, Isaak told 650 CKOM the growing territory and shrinking funding for the MVA was creating significant challenges.

"We're beginning to hit a wall here," he said on March 23.

In a written statement, Isaak said it was an "honour and privilege" to serve as CEO.

"Over the past 17 years, I have been committed to Meewasin in celebrating the rich and rare heritage resources of this incredible river valley," he said.

"I am confident this community will remain resolved in ensuring this living conservatory endures."