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Philanthropist Bob Gale appointed Niagara Parks chair

Regional councillor, businessman has deep ties in the area
Bob Gale is the new chair of the Niagara Parks Commission.

The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Gale as the new chair of the provincially appointed Board of Commissioners, effective April 11, 2024. Gale replaces outgoing chair April Jeffs.

Gale is a lifelong resident of Niagara. A Niagara Regional Councillor in his third term, Gale has also served on the Niagara Regional Police Services Board from 2014- 2022 and was their chair from 2014 through 2018.

Beginning his career as a Niagara Regional Police officer in the 1970s, Gale then took over his family’s oil company from 1980 until 2014. He has served on numerous boards including as an honourary member of the Boys and Girls Club board, a YMCA board member, a Niagara Falls Sunrise Rotary past member, Niagara Falls High School advisory board, GNG Hospital Foundation Board, and more. Gale also previously served on the Niagara Parks Commission from 2006 through 2009 and was credited with saving the province over $300 million through enhancements to procurement procedures.

A recognized philanthropist, Gale has spearheaded his family’s involvement in many endeavours to benefit the local community, including the renovation of the Greater Niagara General Hospital emergency room; the construction of the Gale Centre, and the first and largest private donation to the new Niagara Falls Museum.

“I am grateful for the faith that Premier (Doug) Ford and Tourism Minister (Neil) Lumsden have placed in me as I take on this new role as chair of the Niagara Parks Commission,” said Gale. “There has been so much great work coming out of the Commission under former Chair April Jeffs and I am excited to work with the board and get more great things done.”