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Arboretum opening to the public May 27. Other garden areas remain closed until further notice.

Governance at the Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens, a registered charitable organization, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of community members, appointed representatives of four levels of government, and the Gardens’ volunteer group.

Governance is accomplished by ensuring that the Gardens fulfills its legislated mandate, and that its mission, policies and strategies are appropriate and current. The Board also ensures financial responsibility in asset management, future resources, and capital project spending. In addition, the Board approves the Gardens’ annual budget, paying close attention to serving the public’s interest and trust.

The Board advocates the Gardens’ interests to the political and corporate sectors, and the community. Each member of the Board is committed to contributing his or her time, energy, ideas and support to Royal Botanical Gardens.

RBG Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

  • Cliff Carson – Chair
  • Keith Scott – Vice Chair

Appointed by Council, City of Hamilton

  • Lloyd Ferguson
  • Keith Scott

Appointed by Council, Regional Municipality of Halton

  • Kelvin Galbraith
  • Larissa Fenn

Additional Members in place of appointments by the Governor-General-in-Council, Canada

  • Kevin Brady

Appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in Council, Province of Ontario

  • Peter Hargreave

RBG Appointees

  • Cliff Carson
  • David Conrath
  • (Ex officio: President & Vice Chancellor, McMaster University)

Representing the RBG Volunteers

  • Frances Neufeld
  • Liason Member – Fiona Morrisson