The Source Protection Committees Regulation provides that the Chair is responsible for guiding the effective operation of the Source Protection Committee. The Chair will accomplish this by:

Chairing committee meetings; preparing and submitting quarterly status reports on progress of committee work to the Source Protection Authority; facilitating discussions in order to reach consensus-based decisions; following Rules of Procedure and Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policy that the committee establishes

George Hughes, Chairman of the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee (MRSPC) was appointed by the Minister of the Environment on August 20, 2007.

George Hughes of Timmins, was employed with Xstrata Copper for 30 years in various scientific, technical and management capacities. As a senior member of the American Society for Quality, Mr. Hughes is a certified master black belt in statistical, change-management, six-sigma and lean process technologies. He maintains active directorships with Science Timmins Inc. and the Air Cadet League of Canada. He studied biology toward a B.Sc. and Certificate in genetics, continuing with M.Sc. and Ph.D. research studies at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a M.Ed. degree in student at-risk research from Nipissing University.