MORRISBURG – The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has named a new general manager and CEO.
Hollee Kew will officially assume the position Sept. 17, following an open recruitment process.
With broad experience in the Ontario public service, she assumes leadership of the provincial agency — branded as “Parks of the St. Lawrence” — with a portfolio of tourist attractions from Kingston to the Quebec border and boasts an annual economic impact of $83-million. In addition to Upper Canada Village, it operates Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary plus 14 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas such as the Long Sault and 1000 Islands parkways. Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kingston Penitentiary Tours and Skywood Eco Adventure also fall under the jurisdiction of the Commission.
Kew takes over from interim General Manager and CEO Ronald Holgerson, who has held the position since February 2017.
Nancy Matthews, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Linda Ann Daly, Acting Chair of the St Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) announced the appointment today.
“Hollee brings an impressive range of executive leadership experience to her new role at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. The board and staff of the SLPC look forward to working with Hollee in advancing the SLPC’s impact as a key catalyst for tourism growth and economic development in Eastern Ontario,” says Daly.
Kew was previously employed as the Director for the Eastern Region in the Drinking Water and Environmental Compliance Division with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). Responsible for the remediation and clean-up of the former Deloro mine site in that capacity, she also served as provincial lead for the delivery of the Canada-Ontario Agreement for Great Lakes (COA)/Great Lakes Strategy work plan — which included the St. Lawrence River as an area of concern.
A former director in the Investigation and Enforcement Branch at MECP and in the Entrepreneurship Branch at the (former) Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Kew also worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Outside of the Ontario public service, she has held senior management positions as an Executive Director of a federally funded economic development organization, a Manager of Economic Development, and a Captain Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Her new employer cites Kew for successfully developing and leading numerous strategic plans in economic development,
tourism, within a regulatory environment focusing on innovative and ambitious goals for Eastern Ontario. The Commission also touts her “significant success in building highly effective teams that understand the importance of embracing transformation and the excitement of continuous improvement.”
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University as well as two professional designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.