OCOA & MNR Conservation Officer of the Year, 2014
Ontario Conservation Officer Steve Emms
London – The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is pleased to announce that Steve Emms has been selected as the 2014 Conservation Officer of the Year. Steve currently works as a Provincial Training Specialist out of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Steve was presented with the award at the OCOA annual general meeting on Friday August 8th. “Steve has been a Conservation Officer for 29 years and has had many great accomplishments. Steve is the first Provincial Training Specialist to receive this prestigious award.” said OCOA President Joe McCambridge.
Steve Emms has worked around the Province and some of his career highlights include:
Founding member of the Ministry of Natural Resources Provincial Training Unit in 1997.
Helped bring innovative new training techniques and tools to the field that has improved training.
Active within the Ontario Conservation Officer Association and is currently the Northwest Regional Representative.
While accepting the award Steve indicated “he never really considered being a Conservation Officer a career, it is more a lifestyle and stressed that without the support of his family throughout his career, it would not have been possible.”
Steve was also presented with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Officer of the Year award by Lois Deacon, Director MNRF Enforcement Branch and Assistant Deputy Minister, Provincial Services Division Al Tithecott. Lois Deacon said, “Steve has a great ability to relate to officers and they in turn relate to him”.
In addition, Steve also received the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award and the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (part of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies) Officer of the Year Award.
Lois Deacon, Director, Enforcement Branch
John Clements, Manger Enforcement Operations
President Ontario Conservation Officers Association