Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Conservation Officer Marco Grigio was named Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year in late August. Grigio is a 25-year veteran and resident of Thunder Bay.
In addition to his regular field duties, he has been a defensive tactics instructor and a leader in the MNRF and Ontario Provincial Police Basic Marine Training program since 2009.
Contributor on and off the job
He has also been a contributor to the development of the new MNRF Working on Water Standard Operating Procedure for Small Vessels and the Marine Safety Committee.
Off duty, he continues to volunteer countless hours to the Thunder Bay hockey community and the Thunder Bay Kings AAA hockey organization in particular.
Officers are nominated for the award by their peers and chosen by a committee made up of officers, representatives of the Ontario Conservation Officers Association, and ministry managers.