Mark Runciman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in 2006 after twenty two years as Director of Physical Plant, Operations and Corporate Projects and several stints as Acting CEO. Responsible for leading the Gardens in its mission to be a living museum which serves local, regional, and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding between the plant world, humanity, and the rest of nature.
For over 80 years Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has been an ecological jewel at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Patterned after Kew Gardens in England, RBG was created to serve as both a regional tourism site and an environmental agency. RBG is a designated national historical site and is revered world-wide for its extensive 400 acres of display gardens and over 2,300 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and diverse ecosystems that connect the Niagara Escarpment.
Mark oversees the operation with a staff of 128 FTE’s; 350 volunteers, including a Board of Directors with 20 members. Over the years he has been responsible for approximately $40M in capital projects. Mark has also taken the lead in an award winning Land Use Master Plan from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects as well as receiving, on RBG’s behalf, many tourism and environmental related awards in the last 5 years.
Prior to joining RBG, Mark was a Project Coordinator for a major contractor that worked on hydro electrical generating stations as well as water treatment and sewage treatment facilities. Mark is a graduate of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology (1977) in Architectural Technology. He also successfully completed many courses for the National Certificate in Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector Management at McMaster University.