New CAO welcomed in North Stormont Township

Above, Township of North Stormont's new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) / Clerk Craig Calder. Photo courtesy of his LinkedIn account

BERWICK — North Stormont Township has a new Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk. Council officially appointed the Ottawa resident May 28 into the role being vacated by temporary CAO Betty de Haan, who came out of the retirement last year to assist North Stormont after the sudden departure of the township’s prior top bureaucrat.

Calder assumes his new position at township headquarters in Berwick on June 3.

“On behalf of Council and the residents of North Stormont, I am excited to welcome Craig into his new role as CAO/Clerk of our municipality. Craig brings a combination of experience and enthusiasm that
we look forward to benefiting from” said Mayor Jim Wert.

In addition to Calder’s work experience at his last post — with the City of Mississauga — he also served in the City of Ottawa By-law Services Department for 17 years prior to transitioning to Ottawa Public Health.

Possessing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University with a double major in law and psychology, North Stormont’s new CAO also completed his Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership and earned a designation of
Certified Municipal Manager III / Property Standards Executive.  He’s currently in the process of obtaining the Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) designation with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).

Also a certified Municipal Law Enforcement Officer (MLEO) with several other certifications including Basic Emergency Management (BEM) training to his name, Calder said, “I look forward to bringing my collaborative and transparent approach to the CAO/Clerk position to support Council, staff and ultimately, the public we serve. I look forward to building on the strong leadership of elected officials and establishing a creative municipal culture to ensure governance decision making solutions meet community long term goals. Community engagement is the foundation of my leadership focus and will continue to ensure North Stormont is a community of choice to live, work and play.”

The rural municipality touts itself as “A Good Place to Grow.”

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