After serving for almost five years, current Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Counsel, Jeff Surtees is stepping down from his role with Trout Unlimited Canada to pursue a Master's degree in Natural Resources Energy and Environmental Law.
The search for Jeff's replacement did not take long. In a unanimous decision, Trout Unlimited Canada's Board of Directors is pleased to announce current Ontario Programs Manager Silvia D'Amelio will become TUC's CEO effectiveOctober 15th.
Silvia has been with TUC for over 10 years. Prior to her role as Ontario Programs Manager, Silvia was TUC's Ontario Provincial Biologist. Silvia brings with her a wealth of experience. She has an honors B.Sc. from the University ofToronto in biology, specializing in animal behavior and conservation. Silvia received her M.Sc. from Trent University with the Ministry of Natural Resources in fisheries genetics and management.
Silvia's interests span a variety of fields related to aquatic restoration including aquatic community composition, water chemistry and stewardship. Her work has spanned science, monitoring, restoration, conservation and advocacy over the past 11 years. Silvia represents Trout Unlimited Canada on a number of federal and provincial fisheries committees and was instrumental in the successful development and implementation of TUC's Aquatic Renewal Program. In addition, Silvia possesses strong planning and organizational skills including fund development and program management.
In her spare time Silvia enjoys fishing, particularly fly fishing with her husband Dave. She is an accomplished fly tyer, specializing in traditional Atlantic salmon patterns, chef and cake decorator.