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Grey County hires Manager of Climate Change Intitiatives

Linda Swanston

Photo: Linda Swanston on Twitter (

Grey County has announced that Linda Swanston will be joining the County as their first Manager, Climate Change Initiatives. Swanston will lead the important work of finalizing and implementing the County’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Swanston’s work will bring together County departments, local municipalities, other key collaborators and the community at large. Swanston’s most recent position was with the City of Toronto as the Manager of Policy and Research in the Environment and Energy Division where she developed and oversaw the implementation of Toronto’s Climate Change Action Plan, branded as TransformTO.

Swanston has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resource Studies and a Masters of Global Environmental Governance from the University of Waterloo. As part of her Master’s degree, her studies and publications included sustainable agriculture. This knowledge and research will be a great asset for Grey County given the importance of agriculture in the area.

Swanston’s climate work has focused on building strong relationships with internal and external collaborators and building capacity and knowledge through engagement programs. These skills will be key to coordinating climate change initiatives throughout the County and to create alignment and common vision to reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are really fortunate to have someone with Linda’s experience and knowledge leading climate change projects as part of the Grey County team. This work will truly benefit the County as a whole,” said Randy Scherzer, Director of Planning for Grey County.

More information about the County’s Climate Change Action Plan can found on the Grey County website.


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